Four people shot and killed in Southeast Los Angeles Sunday night and early Monday were not random victims, and their killings are connected, authorities say, although they are not sure exactly how.
The killings lasted a few hours in the towns of Huntington Park, Bell, Cudahy and Los Angeles, according to homicide investigators.
Law enforcement sources close to the investigation but not authorized to comment publicly say the shootings are connected and not random, but there is no information on suspects or motive.
The investigation is ongoing and no additional information was available as of Tuesday morning.
The first victim was identified as Kevin Pedraza, 24, who was shot Sunday around 11:30 p.m. and found in an alley near Martha Escutia Primary Center, an elementary school in Bell, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
About 30 minutes later, another person was shot and killed in the 1500 block of East Florence Avenue in Los Angeles. That shooting was reported to law enforcement at 1:52 a.m., but the victim was believed to have been shot around 12:08 a.m., homicide investigators said. The victim, described only as a male, has not been identified pending notification of next of kin.
About four miles away, a 14-year-old boy was killed outside the Ellen Ochoa Learning Center in the 5000 block of Live Oak Street in Cudahy. Javier Pedraza Jr. was shot shortly before 2 a.m., the sheriff’s department said. He and another boy who had been shot were found by officers who responded to reports of gunfire in the area. Paramedics were called to treat the teens, but Pedraza died at the scene.
The second victim was transported to a hospital in stable condition, according to authorities. Pedraza is a Cudahy resident and his identity has been confirmed by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner.
The last person shot Monday morning, another unidentified man, was found in the 6300 block of Santa Fe Avenue in the town of Huntington Park. He was shot at 2:37 a.m., authorities said.
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