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Alex Gutierrez, 24

Alex Gutierrez, a 24-year-old Latino man, was shot and killed Sept. 18 in the 800 block of Bayview Avenue in Wilmington, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s records.

About 3:11 p.m., Gutierrez was standing in a group of people who had gathered to memorialize his brother, who was killed in that location in March 2018, said Los Angeles Police Det. David Cortez.

A person walked up and began firing, striking four people. Gutierrez was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:49 p.m., according to coroner’s records.

Melissa Lopez, 16, was also struck and died at the scene. Two other women, a bystander in her 70s and another young adult who was with the group, were wounded but not seriously.

Police are looking for witnesses.

Anyone with information can call Cortez at (310) 726-7889. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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