Teen Shot by LAPD Officer in Montecito Heights; Gun Recovered at Scene: Police

A 18-year-old man was shot and wounded by an LAPD police officer in Montecito Heights on Thursday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

An investigation was underway in Montecito Heights following a police shooting that left an 18-year-old man injured. (Credit: KTLA)

The shooting occurred in the 4400 block of Turquoise Street around 3:15 p.m., after the teen had been contacted by police, authorities said.

"During that pedestrian stop, an officer-involved shooting occurred at which point that suspect was shot," said Lt. Chris Ramirez. with the LAPD. "The suspect sustained injuries and was transported to a local hospital where he is currently undergoing medical treatment."

It was not immediately known what prompted police to open fire on the young man, who has not yet been identified by authorities.

A neighbor told KTLA that the officer shot the victim three times; she said the teen had graduated from high school the day before. Neighbors identified him asĀ Pedro Echeverria.

"The cop shot him three times in the chest," said Bertha Hernandez, a neighbor. "He graduated yesterday; he passed by across the street and I was standing right here. I told him congratulations and he goes, 'Thank you ma'am.' He walked to Turquoise over there and I see them pulling him over."

A gun was found at the scene, LAPD said in a tweet.

The teen went through surgery Thursday night and was transferred to an intensive care unit, according to police. His condition was not immediately known.

No further information has been released.