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Police Shoot at Carjacking Suspects in Watts

south-gateAn investigation is underway into the shooting of a teen by South Gate police after he and three other carjacking suspects led officers on a pursuit.

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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.

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Police are on the hunt for two pursuit and carjacking suspects who fled the scene after a police shooting left one of their accomplices injured.

KTLA’s Stefan Chase has the story from South Gate.

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Investigators are on the hunt for two men who led South Gate police on a chase that ended with officers opening fire.

The shooting occurred around 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening near the intersection of Montara Avenue and Tweedy Boulevard.

South Gate police officers were responding to a carjacking in the area that allegedly left one man stabbed as the suspect made away with his black GMC Sierra.

A short time later, the vehicle was found abandoned about a half mile away from the scene.

While watching the vehicle, officers spotted four suspects approaching the car and removing items from inside.

When they approached the men, they jumped into a waiting white Ford Taurus and sped from the scene.

They led police on a short pursuit before crashing into the fence of a home at the intersection of 97th and Grape streets.

The suspects jumped out of the wrecked car and took off on foot, running in opposite directions on Grape street.

One of the suspects, a 17-year-old, was shot by an officer in front of the Jordan Downs Housing Project and was taken to a local hospital in unknown condition.

No firearm was found at the scene, though a screwdriver was found.

An officer shot at two other suspects but nobody was hit, and the two men got away.

The fourth suspect, a 25-year-old was also shot at by officers and was taken into custody without injury.  He was also found to be carrying a screwdriver.

The stabbing victim was taken to the hospital and later released.

The two outstanding suspects are both described as Hispanic males. No further description has been released.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 323-890-5500.

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