Crime & Justice

Police investigate 15-year-old's death in gang-related shooting

Police today investigated the slaying of a 15-year-old boy killed while riding a bicycle in Pacoima in a gang-related shooting that left his 16-year-old companion wounded.

The shooting was reported at 6:44 p.m. Monday, when the boys were riding bicycles in the on Dronfield Avenue near Van Nuys Boulevard, said Lt. Robert Davis, a watch commander at the Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Station.

A vehicle pulled up, somebody asked the cyclists where they were from, then opened fire, said LAPD Officer Karen Rayner, a department spokeswoman. The 15-year-old was pronounced dead at a hospital and the 16-year-old was hospitalized in stable condition, she said.

Both boys' families have been contacted, Davis said. He said neither victim had any apparent gang connections.

The victims' identities were not immediately released.

Homicide detectives from the Foothill Station were assigned to investigate the case. Davis said the suspect's vehicle was black, but no other details were released.

Anyone with information on the shooting was urged to call the LAPD's Foothill Station at (818) 756-8861.