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A night of violence leaves 4 dead, including 2 near Los Angeles schools

Will Conybeare and Omar Lewis

3 hours ago

Residents and law enforcement are on alert after four people were shot and killed in three hours within a five-mile radius of southeast Los Angeles County, with new information released Tuesday morning indicate that the shootings were likely linked to each other.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials confirmed to KTLA shortly after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday that two suspects believed to be responsible for the four killings had been arrested and a third suspect may still be at large.

The first shooting occurred in the 6000 block of Bear Avenue in Bell around 11:30 Sunday evening, according to the LASD.

A man was found shot to death near Martha Escutia Elementary Center and the school was closed Monday due to the investigation, the LASD said. Details surrounding the shooting remain limited, but officers confirmed they responded to assist Bell Police Department officials with the investigation.

Family members of the victim, identified as Kevin Pereda, told KTLA 5’s Omar Lewis that he was outside talking with friends after the Super Bowl when he was killed.

“He came to hang out with some friends, and I think they got the wrong guy,” said Kevin’s wife, Berenice Pereda. “He was so happy and loving.”

Another man was killed less than two miles away, in the 1500 block of East Florence Avenue, eight minutes after midnight, deputies said. The victim, a Hispanic man, was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene.

Nine minutes later, a double shooting killed Javier Pedraza, 14, and injured another teen outside the Ellen Ochoa Learning Center, located in the 5000 block of Live Oak Street in Cudahy, the LASD confirmed. The injured teenager is expected to survive.

Although the incident was reported shortly before 12:30 a.m. Monday morning, parents of students at the Ellen Ochoa Learning Center said they were not properly informed of the horrific scene outside their children’s school.

Video of the scene captured by KTLA on Monday showed a black awning covering the victim’s body just hours before the students were scheduled to arrive for class.

An awning is seen during an investigation into a fatal shooting outside the Ellen Ochoa Learning Center in Cudahy on February 12, 2024.
Teenager shot dead, another injured outside Los Angeles school

“When it rains, we get alerts right away, but for the body, we really didn’t hear anything until 8 a.m.,” parent Karla Lopez told KTLA.

“My daughter asked me about the body, but she knew someone had died outside her school,” said Carlos Pran, another parent. “This is becoming very dangerous for us and our children.”

The fourth deadly shooting was reported in the 6300 block of Santa Fe Avenue in Huntington Park at 2:37 a.m. when a deputy in a patrol car observed a person lying in the street.

“The officer stopped his vehicle to check on the person and discovered an adult Hispanic male suffering from [at least one] gunshot wound to the upper torso,” the LASD said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by Los Angeles County firefighters.

Los Angeles County communities on edge after night of violence that left 4 dead in 3 hours
A map depicting the location and timeline of four deadly shootings three hours apart in southeast Los Angeles County. (KTLA)

No suspects have been arrested for any of the four killings. A vehicle of interest was recovered, LASD officials confirmed.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn addressed the shooting on social mediasaying that the recent shootings are “particularly linked to the proximity of two of the [them] were in schools” and that his office would provide law enforcement with any necessary assistance.

Anyone with information regarding any of the shootings is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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