Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Compton Station responded just after 5:50 p.m. Thursday to the 100 block of Rosecrans Avenue between Main and San Pedro streets following a call reporting shots fired. When they arrived at the scene, they discovered the victim on the sidewalk suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest, according to Deputy Brenda Serna of the Sheriff's Information Bureau.
The man, who was in his 30s, was taken to a hospital, where he died of his wounds. His name was withheld pending notification of his next of kin.
During the course of their investigation, detectives learned the man was a local fruit vendor who was the victim of an attempted robbery.
Authorities say two men are suspects in the shooting. A description of the suspects was not immediately available.
Anyone with information on the shooting was asked to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.
CNS contributed to this report.