COMMERCE – A man was killed in a gunfight in the unincorporated Commerce area, and his killer was being sought Monday, authorities said.
The shooting was reported at about 9:50 p.m. Sunday in the 5500 block of Whittier Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The mortally wounded man was taken by paramedics to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Information on his identity was not immediately available.
“Investigators have learned the victim and a male Hispanic suspect exchanged words on the sidewalk at the location near a food truck,” a sheriff’s department statement said. “The suspect drew a handgun and began shooting at the victim. The victim also drew a firearm and returned fire.”
The suspect escaped in a dark-colored pickup. The shooting is being investigated as gang-related, the sheriff’s department reported.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.