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Alex Lombardi, 18 [Updated]

Alex Lombardi, an 18-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Sunday, Nov. 28, in the 7700 block of Otis Avenue in Cudahy, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

[Update Dec. 2: Coroner's officials initially gave Lombardi's identity as "John Doe." Officials withheld his name until they could speak with next of kin about his death. Although the coroner gave his age as 18, Lombardi's mother contacted the Homicide Report and said her son was 17 at the time he was killed.]

Deputies responded to a "gunshot victim down" call about 3:20 p.m. according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department news release.

When authorities arrived, they found Lombardi and another man, Ernesto Aguilar, an 18-year-old Latino, with gunshot wounds.

Both men were taken to a hospital where they were pronounced dead, officials said.

Witnesses to the shooting described the assailant as a male, possibly Latino, wearing a hooded sweatshirt. He was last seen fleeing on foot west on Olive Street. Bystanders also saw a gray or silver sedan heading west on Olive Street.

Authorities said the shooting is believed to be gang-related.

Anyone with information about the incident or the identity of the shooter is asked to contact the sheriff's homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

— Sarah Ardalani

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