WATTS, Calif. (KTLA) — Sheriff’s investigators are looking into the shooting of a teenager by South Gate police after he and three other men led police on a chase.
The shooting happened about 8:45 p.m. Saturday at Grape and 97th streets in Watts, not far from Jordan High School.
South Gate police officers had responded to a carjacking. The victim was stabbed and pulled out of his vehicle, according to police.
Officers found the stolen car and saw four male suspects taking items from inside. Their description matched that of the carjackers.
Police approached the men, who jumped into a waiting white Ford Taurus and sped away.
They led police on a brief pursuit before crashing near the Jordan Downs Housing Projects.
The suspects jumped out of the wrecked car and took off on foot, running in opposite directions on Grape street.
“It was at this location that we subsequently had three officer-involved shootings,” said Sgt. Luis Nunez, of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.
One of the suspects, 17-year-old Angel Solorio, was hit twice. None of the other suspects was hit by the gunfire.
“I seen the cop while he’s pulling on him while he’s handcuffed on the floor, shot,” Solorio’s sister told KTLA.
“Hitting him… like pulling him, yanking him to the side,” she continued. “I’m screaming at him like that’ my brother, he’s 17 years old.”
Solorio’s mother said that she feels she’s been getting the runaround from investigators.
“I want to know how he’s doing in the hospital. I go to the hospital and the security tells me call the police he’s under arrest,” Maria Morfin said.
“I call the police, I went to the police and they’re like go to the hospital,” she explained.
The sheriff’s department says the officers decided to fire becasue of what they saw during one of the pursuits.
“Based on the account of one of the South Gate police officers that engaged one of the suspects in a foot pursuit, he did see the suspect holding a handgun,” Nunez said.
No firearm was found at the scene, though a screwdriver was found on one of the other suspects, who was taken into custody.
The two other suspects got away and remain at large. They have been described only as Hispanic males.