A 19-year-old man was critically injured after being shot and crashing into a fast-food restaurant in Panorama City late Friday, LAPD officials said.
The incident was reported about 10:55 p.m. when two groups of people in two vehicles began arguing at the intersection of Roscoe Boulevard and Tobias Avenue, near the Panorama Mall.
At least one person in a SUV allegedly fired rounds at a car and the driver was struck by gunfire, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The driver of the car then hit the gas and crashed into a Wendy’s, and his vehicle ended up in the area where customers order.
He was taken to a hospital in critical condition. LAPD officials issued a news release Saturday in which they erroneously stated the victim had died.
Another person was in the car at the time of the shooting, but he was mostly unharmed, police said. The passenger was interviewed by detectives, but he was not cooperative, police said. Investigators believe there were more people in the victim’s vehicle.
It is unclear if anyone in the victim’s car fired any weapons.
Investigators believe the incident started out as road-rage and turned into a gun battle. It is unknown what led up to the incident, but authorities believe it is gang-related.
“Some shots went out and I only saw a car going inside Wendy’s,” a witness said. He added that he then went to nearby Walmart to try and “figure out what to do next” when he saw two people in hoodies, who he thought were “trying to hide a gunman.”
“They ran out,” the witness said. “I didn’t see their faces, it happened so quick.”
LAPD officers assessed the scene of the crash before Los Angeles firefighters pulled the car out of the restaurant, which was heavily damaged, video showed.
The other vehicle involved was only described as a dark SUV, and it has not been found. It is unknown how many people were inside the SUV at the time of the shooting.
KTLA’s Sarah Fenton Contributed to this story.