Crowd Gathers in South L.A. After Officer-Involved Shooting Leaves 1 Dead

Crowds gathered in South Los Angeles on Saturday after an officer-involved shooting left one person dead, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The shooting occurred around 1:40 p.m. on 107th Street and Western Avenue following a pursuit of a stolen vehicle,  Officer Drake Madison of the LAPD told KTLA.

Officers decided to pursue the vehicle after noticing paper license plates, officials said. Police attempted to pull the car over but the driver allegedly fled.

During the pursuit two people got out of the car and ran while the driver got away, according to police.

"The officers gave chase, a foot pursuit, and went eastbound at some point on 107th Street to the rear of a residence," said Sgt. Barry Montgomery. "It was at that time that the officer-involved shooting occurred. The officers summoned paramedics who responded to scene, and unfortunately the suspect succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene."

Witnesses told KTLA they heard around four gunshots and the person was running away with their hands in the air when they were shot.

"At a certain point we have to say we don't care what your story is," said Melina Abdullah, Black Lives Matter activist. "This is a 18-year-old boy, this is somebody's son, this is somebody's friend, this is somebody's brother and you killed him. I don't care what your story is. I believe the community, I don't believe the lying police."

It is unknown what lead to shooting, officials said. No information is available on the identity of the victim and a gun was recovered at the scene, according to police.

Several people gathered around the scene and began shouting at police and photographers following the shooting.

Some officers changed into riot gear during the confrontation but later removed the gear after tensions died down, officials said.

The shooting is under investigation and police are waiting for the Los Angeles Coroner's office to remove the body from the scene.