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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.

"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.