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Boy, 12, is one of two shot to death

October 14, 2008|Andrew Blankstein | Times Staff Writer

A 12-year-old boy was one of two people killed when gunmen opened fire on a group gathered west of the Los Angeles Convention Center, police said Monday.

The fatal shootings Sunday night of Steven Munoz of Los Angeles and Luis Rodriguez, 18, of Long Beach were believed to have been gang-related, said Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Norma Eisenman.

The shootings occurred in the 1400 block of Connecticut Street near Olympic Boulevard and west of the 110 Freeway about 8:30 p.m., when unidentified men got out of a car and fired at the group several times, police said.

Steven, who was hit multiple times in the upper torso, ran from the area before collapsing on 11th Street. He was taken to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, where he was pronounced dead.

Rodriguez, who officials initially said was 25, was discovered bleeding in an alley in the 1400 block of 11th Street. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead on arrival. Witnesses told police that a third person may have been wounded in the foot, although that person hadn't contacted police.

Investigators were looking for assailants who fled in a four-door car, believed to be a Honda, that was gray with white spots. They were described as Latino males, 17 to 18 years old, with shaved heads, gray shirts and black pants.

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andrew.blankstein@latimes.com

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