Bryan Martin Mendoza, 21
Bryan Martin Mendoza, a 21-year-old Latino, was fatally shot on Saturday, Dec. 15, in the 7600 block of Graham Avenue in the Florence-Firestone area of South Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Mendoza had been at a nightclub at the corner of Florence Avenue and Graham Avenue when a fight that started inside spilled out into the street, said Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Derrick Alfred.
Three other patrons got into a car with Mendoza and they drove away, with the victim at the wheel, Alfred said. They were driving south on Graham Avenue, away from Florence Avenue, when another car pulled up alongside and opened fire, he said.
Mendoza was struck by the gunfire and pronounced dead at 3:51 a.m. at the scene. The cause of death was listed as a gunshot wound to the head.
The victim's car collided with a parked car after the shooting, in front of Roosevelt Park, Alfred said.
The passengers in the car "were in various states of intoxication," and did not provide a consistent description of the shooter's vehicle, Alfred said. Investigators don't believe Mendoza had been involved in the fighting at the nightclub, Alfred said. "He may have just been caught in the crossfire," he said.
Mendoza lived in Santa Ana and was a young father, according to information on the online fundraiser trying to raise money for his burial expenses.
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.