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At least four people are killed in Los Angeles over weekend [Updated]

June 19, 2011 | 11:15 pm

At least four people were killed in four incidents in Los Angeles over the weekend, police said Sunday.

On Saturday, shortly after 8:30 p.m., an 18-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were killed in a drive-by shooting in Watts, Officer Karen Rayner said. Both had been standing in a driveway in the 10600 block of Grape Street when the shooting occurred.

The two victims were taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead, Rayner said. Police found multiple shell casings on the scene but did not have information on the car or the shooters.

Late Saturday night, a motorcyclist died after being struck in a hit-and-run. About 11:40 p.m., 30-year-old motorcyclist Edwin Vargas of Los Angeles was driving north on Western Avenue at 84th Street, when a white Volkswagen Jetta traveling in the opposite direction collided with him, according to police.

The car driver did not stop, as is required by law. Vargas died at the scene. Anyone with information should contact Det. Sandra Smith at (323) 290-6063.

About 2:15 a.m. Sunday, Ulises Mendoza, 20, was riding his skateboard in the 21800 block of Denker Avenue in Harbor Gateway when someone opened fire on him, police said. He died at a hospital. Anyone with information on Mendoza’s killing is urged to contact Dets. Rodriguez or Batres at (310) 726-7887 or (310) 726-7880. 

[Updated at 7:30 a.m. June 20: This post originally stated that at least five people were killed over the weekend, but Mendoza's killing was mistakenly counted twice.]


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