A suspected gang member was wounded after killing a man in one of two gang-related incidents, including a drive-by shooting that left a 16-year-old boy with a shotgun pellet lodged in his brain, authorities said Saturday.

Vincent Crabtree, 25, of Compton, became the latest statistic in Los Angeles' escalating gang wars when he was shot to death late Friday night at a gasoline station in South Central Los Angeles.At least 174 people have been killed in gang violence in Los Angeles County this year, according to the most current police reports. A record 387 gang-related deaths were reported in 1987.

Crabtree's death was the fourth reported in Los Angeles since a three-day "peace summit" last week involving a dozen gang members of the Crips and Bloods, the city's two largest black gangs.