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2 Shootings Claim 4 Lives in County

August 09, 2004|David Haldane | Times Staff Writer

Four people were killed and four others injured, two of them critically, in separate gang-related attacks Sunday in South Gate and South Los Angeles, officials said.

Adolfo Mendoza, 25, of South Gate; Ozbaldo Gonzalez, 26, of Los Angeles; and Bernaldo Guzman, 27, of Huntington Park died about 12:30 a.m. while standing in a driveway in the 10500 block of Elizabeth Avenue in South Gate, said Deputy Tania Plunkett, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

They were each shot several times by a man who had pulled up in a car, she said. He was last seen driving north on Elizabeth Avenue in a 2000 to 2004 white Nissan Maxima, Plunkett said.

The second shooting occurred about 12:30 p.m. in the 400 block of West 60th Street in South Los Angeles, according to Officer Don Cox, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department. Five people were "standing out there minding their business," Cox said, when they were shot by someone from a passing car.

One person was killed, two were critically wounded, and two suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Police released no names.

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