Man shot, killed on street in Florence

FLORENCE, Calif. Neighbors gathered in the Florence neighborhood where they say average residents get along, black and Latinos are neighbors and friends.

That's what makes the murder of Travel Hamblett so painful. His godmother, Vickey Whitfield, is having a difficult time understanding how this could of happened.

"He was loved by everybody and he loved everybody. He had a lot of Hispanic friends," said Whitfield.

Travell Hamblett, 30, was standing with a friend in front of the First Sweet Home Baptist. Just before noon, there was a spray of gunfire that left pockmarks in the wall -- 8 to 10 shots.

What investigators say is significant is that no words were exchanged, there was no provocation.

The victims were not members of any gang. But the gunmen allegedly were.

"We believe this was gang related incident, however, we also believe that there are racial overtones as well," said Lt. Dan Rosenberg, from the Los Angeles Sheriff's Dept.

Investigators put pieces of the puzzle together quickly after the shooting, with the help of a Good Samaritan. While friends tried to help the two wounded men, another kept his eye on the car.

"At least somebody was thinking. They then called the police and they took it from there," said Whitfield.

Investigators arrested 18-year-old Marcos Rangel after he jumped out of the car. They later captured the driver. He is a juvenile.

Both are Latino, suspected members of lA Florencia gang. Investigators say the gang has no conflict with a gang where the shooting took place. It was just likely they say that the two accused shooters just had an intent to kill someone.

The second man that was shot is in the hospital, listed in critical but stable condition.


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