Coroner's officials have identified the 7-year-old boy who died after being shot Monday night in Mid-City.
Talaib Pecante died at Children's Hospital Los Angeles shortly before 5:20 p.m. Tuesday, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said.
The boy, who police initially said was 9, appeared to be improving Tuesday afternoon but suffered a setback a few hours later, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
An investigation into the shooting was continuing Wednesday. A man identified as Talaib's father urged any witnesses to come forward, KABC-TV reported.
"I can't understand how this happened," said the man, whom the television station did not name. "You know, the violence has to stop."
Talaib was sitting in a car about 9 p.m. Monday in the 1900 block of South Corning Street when the four men wearing black hooded jackets opened fire, the LAPD said.
The assailants fled in a white car, police said, and the victims drove to an area hospital.
Police asked anyone with information to call Detectives Rolando Rodriguez or Scott Masterson at (213) 382-9470.