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Teen killed, two wounded in shooting

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Authorities have identified a 17-year-old boy who was fatally shot April 4 in an attack that left two other teens wounded at a strip mall.

The shooting occurred near 60th Street and Vermont Avenue about 3:50 p.m., after schools in the area were let out, said Los Angeles police Officer Mike Lopez.

Kevin Cleveland died at a hospital about an hour later, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.

About 10 shots were fired in the attack, Lopez said. The survivors were a teenage boy and girl, both under 18, police said.

Police and witnesses told ABC7 the shooter got out of a car, walked up and fired into a group of people at the strip mall and then fled. The victims were students at Hawkins High School, located about a block away, and school police were part of the investigation, the station reported.

Lopez said it was too early to know if the shooting was gang-related.

Two of the victims were taken to a hospital in critical condition, Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department said. One of them later died at the hospital, police said. The survivors were hospitalized in stable condition.

LAPD Deputy Chief Philip Tingirides told ABC7 there had been several fights in the area between students at two nearby schools.

“We don’t know if these shootings are related to those fights, but we’re investigating that possibility,” Tingirides said. “You see these families of these kids out here, scared to death that one of their loved ones was shot and it’s tragic, really tragic.”