EAST LOS ANGELES, Calif. (FOX 11 / CNS) - A manhunt was underway Tuesday for the gunman who shot two brothers of a Compton city councilman, one of them fatally, in an apparent "gang-related'' and "targeted'' attack on a street in East Los Angeles, the sheriff's department said.
The shooting took place in the 900 block of South La Verne Avenue just after noon on Monday, said Deputy Mike Barraza.
Compton City Councilman Isaac Galvan announced on his Facebook page Monday afternoon that his brothers Dennis and Larry Galvan had been shot. Larry Galvan was the brother who died, according to the councilman.
Galvan wrote on Facebook his brothers were shot in front of his mother's house. "I'm glad my little brother Dennis was able to go home today by only being shot in the foot,'' Galvan wrote. "I'm sad to say my other little
brother Larry did not make it. "He was shot multiple times in the chest and died of cardiac arrest. I really want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers for my family.
"Although my brother's life was tragically cut short at the young age of 27, I do find solace in knowing that before he left this earth, he knew the Lord and I'm certain he was able to call out to him before he left us.
"My little brother's life will not be in vain. He leaves behind three brothers, a mother, many friends and three beautiful children who through their lives, his memory will live on.''
Galvan also posted a photo of himself and his two brothers at a toy giveaway in Compton this year for Christmas.
According to the sheriff's department, the Galvan brothers were shot in a walk-up attack, not a drive-by.
The brothers were walking south on La Verne Avenue when a man walked up, pulled out a gun and shot them, Barraza said. The brothers were both hit and paramedics took them to a hospital for treatment. Galvan's brother, Larry, died at the hospital.
The gunman fled the scene in an SUV headed north on La Verne Avenue.
The shooting of Galvan's brothers appeared "gang-related and targeted,'' according to the sheriff's department.
Anyone with information on the shooting was asked to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.
All tips can be submitted anonymously.