2 killed, 1 injured when suspects run red light after evading officers in South LA

Two innocent people lost their lives and another person was injured after a group of suspects allegedly attempted to evade officers in South Los Angeles early Friday morning, police said.

The crash was reported just before 4:15 a.m. Friday at the intersection of S. Broadway and Manchester Avenue in South LA’s Florence neighborhood.

Around 4 a.m., patrolling officers with the Los Angeles Police Department spotted the driver of a Cadillac driving recklessly and made a U-turn to initiate a traffic stop. The driver failed to comply and officials said the suspect continued speeding westbound on Manchester Avenue. Due to the fact that the suspect was driving so fast, the officers pulled away. 

When the suspects hit the intersection of S. Broadway a short time later, the Cadillac T-boned into a black BMW that spun out of control and crashed into a semi-truck and white car that were stopped at a red light. 

The two people inside the BMW were declared dead at the scene by authorities. 

Following the crash, the driver of the Cadillac and a second suspect got off the vehicle and ran from the scene. The third passenger suffered moderate injuries.

While in a foot pursuit, LAPD officers believed they saw one of the suspects with a gun, which was possibly flung onto a nearby rooftop. 

The names of the victims have not been released. 

The suspects, said to be in their early 20s, were taken into police custody.