Crime & Justice

Teenage boy dies after South LA shooting

A teenage boy died after being shot in the Avalon-Gardens city housing project in South Los Angeles, and a non-injury, deputy-involved shooting occurred in the aftermath of the failed attempt to capture the gunman, a Los Angeles police sergeant said today.

The shooting in the housing project, near the intersection of East 88th Place and McKinley Avenue, was reported about 8:45 p.m., LAPD Sgt. R. Hurtado said.

"A 17-year-old boy was shot inside the projects and expired later at a hospital," Hurtado said. "It's likely gang-related."

A RMG News crew at the scene said the teen appeared to be unresponsive and that paramedics were performing CPR on him as they left for the hospital.

The victim's name was withheld pending notification of next of kin.

"The gunman who shot him had gotten out a car," Hurtado said. "After the shooting he ran back to his vehicle. Our officers gave chase (on foot) but the car got away."

As the gunman's car fled the scene, Hurtado said a sheriff's patrol car arrived at the location.

"The sheriff's car [then] gave chase and attempted to stop the suspect," Hurtado said. "During the chase a DIS occurred. But no one was hit."

A news crew at the scene said a 9 mm handgun that witnesses said was thrown out of the shooter's car was recovered at the scene.

Deputy Benjamin Grubb said a DIS involving a patrol unit from Century Station had occurred and that sheriff's internal affairs investigators were at the scene.

The name of the deputy involved in the shooting was withheld by the department. No was hit in the DIS and no deputies or officers were injured during the incident, Grubb said.

Grubb said the DIS investigation was continuing. No further details were immediately available.

Hurtado said the description of the gunman and his vehicle were very sketchy.

"All we have is a male in a dark car," he said.

A video news crew at the scene said witnesses claimed the gunman's car was a Monte Carlo.

Anyone with information on this homicide is asked to call the LAPD's Southeast Division at (213) 972-7828.

Anyone with information on the deputy-involved shooting is asked to call the sheriff's homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. All tips can be made anonymously.