A man in his 80s was seriously injured Wednesday night when someone in a white Maserati opened fire on him in a parking lot at the Van Ness Recreation Center in the Hyde Park section of South Los Angeles, police said.

The shooting occurred about 8:20 p.m. at the park near the 5700 block of Second Avenue, near Slauson Avenue, according to Lt. Mark Green of the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Street Station.


The man was struck once in the chest and once in the right arm and was taken to a hospital, Green said.

Green had no specific information about the victim’s condition but surmised that he was in critical condition.

Because of gang activity in the area, the shooting was being investigated as possibly gang-related, Green said.