Man shot, killed inside car at rear of Hawthorne apartment complex


A 21-year-old man was shot and killed in the driver’s seat of his car in Hawthorne and police were searching for the shooter, authorities said.

Hawthorne police were called to an apartment complex in the 14100 block of Chadron Avenue about 4:10 p.m. and found the man slumped over behind the wheel of a car in a rear carport, Lt. Ti Goetz said.

The victim, identified by the coroner as Zerail Dijon Rivera of Los Angeles, had multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, Goetz said.

“It appears to have been a walk-up shooting and he appears to have been targeted,” Goetz said.

The suspect fled the large, multi-story, gated apartment complex before police arrived. The block, in the east side of the city, has several multi-story complexes.

Detectives were checking video systems in the area  and were working on leads, Goetz said.

Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call Hawthorne police at 310-349-2727.


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