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Three People Returning From Church Event Shot In Car-To-Car Shooting

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Two people were wounded and one person was killed in a car-to-car shooting in Gardena this morning, police said. They were reportedly returning from a church event in Torrance.

According to NBC L.A. the shooting was reported around 2:15 a.m. Sunday morning near the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and Rosecrans Avenue. Detectives said two men in a dark sedan approached the victims' car, and at least one of the men opened fire, hitting three of the four passengers inside.

The male driver, a 21-year-old resident of Victorville, was pronounced dead at the scene. The two other male passengers who were wounded were taken to a nearby hospital. Their conditions have not been released. The fourth person in the car was a woman, who was uninjured.

According to the L.A. Times, the victims' car, a gray Jetta, pulled into the parking lot of the Lucky Star Cafe on Crenshaw, where it was seen Sunday morning with the windows blown out.

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Witnesses told KTLA they heard multiple shots fired.

"I was just in my room when I heard gunshots," said Luis Hernandez of Gardena. "I heard like three gunshots. Next, I heard four to five gunshots again."

Another witness said he heard shouting before gunfire rang out.

"I was on the corner...and I saw two cars, they are yelling at each other," said Kamal Manzary. "They started shooting. I heard the people shooting. I ran away."

Lt. Steve Jauch of the Sheriff's Department told KTLA that they're currently investigating the circumstances, but that they have "very little to go by" at this point.

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"It’s unfortunate," Jauch said. "You have four adults returning from a church function...it’s just a senseless murder."

If you have information, call the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, or submit an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.