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Man killed in Compton in apparent gang-related attack

February 2, 2011 |  8:50 pm

  Map shows location of Wednesday's shooting in purple, as well as nearby homicides in red, since January 2007. Click for more details on The Times’ interactive Homicide Report.

Homicide detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are investigating the shooting death Wednesday of a man in Compton.

The attack occurred shortly before 1 p.m. in the 200 block of North Spring Avenue, near Compton Boulevard, according to a statement from the department. The man was standing outside with a friend when two people approached him on foot. One assailant opened fire, then both  escaped in a vehicle.

Paramedics took the victim to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police did not identify the man.

Investigators said the shooting appeared to be gang-related.

Since 2007, 149 homicides have occurred within two miles of Wednesday's shooting, according to the Los Angeles Times' Homicide Report. In August 2007, Tramaine Thomas, 20, was shot and killed at Spring Avenue and Compton Boulevard. Last August, a little over a block away from the site of Wednesday's shooting, Hector Barraza, 20, was found dead with a gunshot wound.

Anyone with information about the shootings can leave an anonymous tip at Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-8477 or with sheriff's homicide detectives at (323) 890-5500.


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Map: Shows location of Wednesday's shooting in purple, as well as 149 other homicides in red that occurred since January 2007. Credit: Homicide Report