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Juan Carlos Martinez, 18

Juan Carlos Martinez, an 18-year-old Latino, was fatally wounded Saturday, July 20, near Future Street and Cypress Avenue in Cypress Park, according to L.A. County coroner’s records.

Martinez, 32-year-old Alfred Lopez and another person were driving in a Ford Explorer around 3:30 a.m. when they were wounded by gunshots from another vehicle, according to a Los Angeles Police Department news release.

The SUV continued for about half a mile before crashing into a parked boat on a trailer near Eagle Rock Boulevard and Verdugo Road, according to the release.

Martinez and Lopez died at the scene 3:49 a.m., according to coroner’s records.

Detectives are looking for a Latino in his 20s who is about 5-feet-6 and weighs 160 to 170 pounds.  Police did not release information about the driver of the other vehicle, which the release described as a teal green mid-size vehicle.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Northeast Area Dets. Zesati or Aguilar (323) 344-5744 or (323) 344-5701. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz and Ari Bloomekatz

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