Two Dead After Car-to-Car Shooting, Collision in Baldwin Hills Area

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A car-to-car shooting in the Baldwin Hills area near Dorsey High School left two people dead -- one of them a skateboarder who was struck by the victim's vehicle -- and authorities searched today for the shooter.

Police responded about 8:30 p.m. Monday to the 4800 block of West Rodeo Place, not far from the intersection of Rodeo Road and Crenshaw Boulevard, and discovered the driver had been shot, according to Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. The man -- identified by the coroner's office as Harrison Kristol, 20, of Los Angeles -- died at the scene.

The victim's vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian, said LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera, also of media relations. The man, in his 20s, died at the scene, the coroner's office reported. His name was withheld, pending family notification.

The fatally injured person, described by police as a pedestrian, had been riding a skateboard, according to Fox11. Police initially had said the person had been struck and killed by the suspect's vehicle.

As the suspect's vehicle was speeding away, it struck and critically injured a bicyclist at Farmdale Avenue and Exposition Boulevard, Herrera said.

A woman told ABC7 her niece was in the vehicle that was shot at.

"She was in one of the cars,” Guadalupe Delaratorres said. ``She's good. She's just in the hospital right now.”

Bridgette May told NBC4 she heard three shots, then stopped to help a woman get out of the victim's vehicle.

"They was just coming from the grocery store, getting ready to go home and cook some crab, and she said somebody drove by and started shooting at them,” May said.

Firefighters sent to the scene discovered one person was trapped beneath a vehicle, and another person had been shot nearby, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Metro's Expo Line service was disrupted at the Farmdale station as police conducted their investigation at Exposition Boulevard and Farmdale Avenue. Passengers were transported around the station using Metro buses. Normal service resumed about 11 p.m. Monday.

No information was immediately available about the shooting suspect, who had left the scene by the time police arrived, and it was not immediately clear if the shooting was gang-related, Lopez said.

Authorities described the suspect's vehicle only as a light-colored sedan.

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