Mother shot to death in front two young children in South LA

- The mother of two young children was shot and killed and her husband was wounded in an attack that took place from another car as the family drove through South Los Angles early Monday morning, police said.

The shooting occurred just after midnight in the 8300 block of South Central Avenue, said Los Angeles police Sgt. Thomas Bojorquez, watch commander at the 77th Street Station.

"The mother was in the front passenger seat and the father was driving. The children, ages 3 and 5-years-old, were in the back seat when the shooting happened,'' Bojorquez said.

The mother died at the scene and the father was wounded but was expected to survive. He was transported to a hospital for treatment. The couple was in their 20s. The mother's name was being withheld pending family notification.

The 5-year-old child suffered cuts from broken glass but the 3-year-old was unhurt, Bojorquez said, adding he didn't know the genders of the children.

Police have no description of the killer or the car from which the attack was launched, Bojorquez said.

"The father was being taken to a hospital so I don't know if he was undergoing treatment or just unable to communicate about the shooting, but we have nothing at this point,'' Bojorquez added before dawn.

The attack was likely gang-related, Bojorquez said and the investigation would be handled by the gang unit.

Anyone with information on this homicide was asked to call the LAPD's 77th Street Division at (213) 485-4164. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS. All tips can be made anonymously.

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