LOS ANGELES -- A man in his 20s was killed and an innocent bystander wounded in a possible gang-related shooting in the Montecito Heights area of Northeast Los Angeles, authorities said.

The violence broke out around 8:40 p.m. at 2649 Sichel St., near East Avenue 26, said Los Angeles police Sgt. Michael Morisseau of the Hollenbeck Station.

Police say the younger man was tagging a wall when he was shot and killed. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity was not immediately released.

A 40-year-old man standing a few houses down was caught in the crossfire, officials said. He was hospitalized in stable condition.

The 40-year-old man appeared to be "an innocent bystander," Morisseau said.

Police at the crime scene were looking for two men in their 20s.