LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Two people were killed and three others were critically wounded Wednesday in an apparent murder-suicide in a residential neighborhood, authorities said.

The shooting occurred in Watts, about 9 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, city Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

Fifteen to 20 shots were fired, police Officer Jason Lee said.

``Kids were playing in the street as usual,'' said Callie Davis, who lives across the street. ``We just thought that maybe they were firecrackers. I never thought it was anything like this.''

A male and female were found dead at the scene. It was not clear who fired the gun. Three females, ages 12, 26 and 30, were hospitalized in critical condition, Officer Don Cox said.

The shooting was apparently sparked by a domestic dispute, Cox said.