Los Angeles Police Department detectives are investigating the gang-related shooting of two men in the Montecito Heights area of Northeast Los Angeles March 29.

Officers found Jose L. Castillo, 20, fatally wounded in the 2600 block of Sichel Street near East Avenue 26 around 8:40 p.m. Monday.

A 40-year-old man who was walking by at the time of the shooting was also hit and suffered a gunshot wound to his upper torso. Paramedics transported the innocent bystander to a local hospital for medical treatment. He is listed in critical but stable condition.

Police suspect that Castillo was spray painting gang graffiti in rival gang turf when he was shot by rival gang members. Anyone with information about the shooting should contact LAPD Hollenbeck Division detectives at (323) 342-8969.

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