A 16-year-old boy was killed today in an apparent gang-related shooting in an unincorporated area near Compton, authorities said.

Homicide detectives were sent to investigate the shooting in the 2100 block of East Piru Street, at 10:14 a.m., said Sgt. Diane Hecht of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.

Two youths were walking when a light colored sedan pulled up alongside of them and stopped.

One male armed with a handgun got out and shot a 16-year-old and then got back in the car which left eastbound on Piru.

The teen was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead.

His companion was not injured.

Homicide detectives believe the the shootings were gang related and are not releasing the victim’s name.

Anyone with information on the shooting was asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.