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Juan Antonio Lopez, 23

Juan Antonio Lopez, a 23-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Saturday, July 28, in the 8800 block of South Vermont Ave. in the South Los Angeles community of Westmont, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Lopez, a resident of Compton, had gone into a liquor store at 8801 S. Vermont Ave. and was walking out with an acquaintance at 8:14 p.m. when a dark-colored sedan pulled up in front of the store, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza. 

Three men got out of the car and began shooting at Lopez and his acquaintance, a 21-year-old black male, Mendoza said. 

Both men and four Latino bystanders were struck by gunfire, Mendoza said. 

Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:51 p.m., according to coroner’s records. His acquaintance was taken to the hospital with injuries he is expected to survive, Mendoza said. 

Three of the four bystanders were also taken to the hospital. 

Juan Manuel Ayuso, a 51-year-old Latino, was pronounced dead at 8:46 p.m. at the hospital, according to coroner’s records. His cause of death was listed as a gunshot wound to the torso. 

Ayuso was a homeless man who had been staying in the Westmont area, said Sheriff's Sgt. Guillermo Morales. 

The fourth bystander had minor injuries and refused treatment, Mendoza said. The other two at the hospital are expected to survive their injuries.

Investigators don’t have a description of the shooters except for their gender, Mendoza said. The assailants got back into the dark-colored sedan and were last seen driving south on South Vermont Avenue.

Lopez was not involved in a gang, Morales said. Investigators don’t know if the shooters or Lopez's acquaintance have gang ties. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. 

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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