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Teen Killed In Broad Daylight After Spray Painting Over Gang Graffiti

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Detectives are searching for two suspects involved in the murder of a 15-year-old boy who crossed out gang graffiti in Compton this week.

When the teen spray painted over the neighborhood graffiti around 11:40 a.m. on Wednesday in the 1600 block of Largo Avenue, two suspects in a black sedan pulled up next to him, the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. said in a release. The passenger in the car got out and chased the teen on Largo Avenue but wasn't able to catch him. That's when the driver sped up his car, got next to the boy and shot two rounds out of the front passenger-side window, striking the teen in his upper body. The suspects then fled.

The teen was pronounced dead at the scene. L.A. County Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter identified the victim to LAist as 15-year-old Armando Bejar, who was a Hispanic male from Compton.

Detectives believe the shooting was gang-related. There are no descriptions of the suspects at this time.

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Earlier this week on Monday, a man riding a bicycle was killed and a female bystander wounded in a shooting in Compton. The Sheriff's Dept. believes the man was targeted. August was considered the deadliest month Los Angeles experienced in eight years, with 39 people killed across the city, with nearly half of those that occurred in South L.A.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.