SOUTH GATE - A 17-year-old boy was shot by police after leading officers on a pursuit that ended in a south Los Angeles housing project.South Gate police were investigating a carjacking that occurred at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Tweedy Boulevard and Montara Avenue. During the carjacking, the victim was stabbed and pulled from his GMC Sierra by a male Hispanic. Police officers found the vehicle abandoned about a 1/2 mile away and watched as four male suspects began to remove items from the SUV. As police moved in, the suspects got into a Ford Taurus and sped away, authorities said. The pursuit ended at 97th and Grape streets in Los Angeles when the suspects' vehicle crashed into a residential fence. The four suspects fled on foot. One suspect ran east on 97th Street through the Jordan Downs housing project, where he was shot by police. The suspect, a 17-year-old boy, was hospitalized in unknown condition. Police did not find a gun but located a black-handled screwdriver. Meanwhile, police fired at another suspect but missed. The suspect continued running westbound through yards toward Anzac Avenue where he was confronted by another South Gate police officer, who also fired his gun. He missed also. The suspect stopped running and was taken into custody, police said. He was described as a 25-year-old white man. The two remaining suspects, identified as Hispanic men, got away. Authorities said they don't know if the suspects were involved in the earlier carjacking.
********** Published: January 10, 2013 - Volume 11 - Issue 39