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INGLEWOOD - A man shoved his 8-year-old son to the pavement as gunfire broke out on an Inglewood street, possibly saving the child's life but sustaining fatal injuries in his final act, police said Wednesday.

The killing was one of three serious shooting incidents that occurred in Inglewood Tuesday night. Police said Wednesday they believed the three shootings were not related.

A man sheltering his son from gunfire was killed Tuesday in the 3200 block of West 109th Street, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.
A man sheltering his son from gunfire was killed Tuesday in the 3200 block of West 109th Street, said coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter. (Google Map (click on map to enlarge))

The 28-year-old man, identified Thursday as Fredrick Martin, 28, of Inglewood, died at a hospital shortly after shooting broke out at about 7 p.m. Tuesday in the 3200 block of West 109th Street, two blocks west of Crenshaw Boulevard, according to a written report prepared by Inglewood police homicide detectives.

Arriving officers found that the man had shoved his 8-year-old son to the pavement, The man, whose name was not released, took bullets to his abdomen and upper torso, and died in surgery at a hospital.

The boy had a minor graze wound.

Another man, identified only as a 30-year-old from Los Angeles, was found to have been shot in an ankle. Inglewood police did not release any other information about those shootings.

At about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, a car was discovered crashed at the intersection of Victoria and 81st streets, about three miles north of the earlier shooting. A man with gunshot wounds to his shoulder, hip and buttocks was found inside a crashed vehicle, but police would not reveal if he was shot before or after the crash.

The victim there was described as a 25-year-old Inglewood resident. His medical condition was not disclosed.

And at 11:30 p.m., on the northwest side of Inglewood, a 31-year-old man was found in the 500 block of North Marlborough Avenue with gunshot wounds to both legs.

Inglewood police stressed that all three incidents were believed to have been unrelated, but said they had no information to release about any possible suspects.

Detectives asked the public to phone in any information about the shootings to the Inglewood police anonymous tip line, (888) 41-CRIME (412- 7463).