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Tony Rodrick Welch, 24

Tony Rodrick Welch, a 24-year-old black man, died Monday, Oct. 17, after he was shot in the 600 block of West Cherry Street in Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Welch was sitting in his car with two friends on Sunday, Oct. 16, after pulling up to the curb outside one of their homes around 10 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch. 

Two men walked up to either side of the car and tried unsuccessfully to open the doors, Jauch said. The man on the driver’s side then began shooting through the windshield. 

Welch, who was in the driver’s seat, was struck in the head, Jauch said. His friend in the passenger seat was shot in the lower torso. The third person was in the back seat and was uninjured.

Welch and his friend were taken to a nearby hospital. The friend was treated for her injuries and released, but Welch was pronounced dead at 3:37 p.m. the following day.

The shooter and his accomplice, described only as black men, were last seen running westbound on Cherry Street, Jauch said. Investigators are searching for a motive and more information about the shooters.

Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department 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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