Car Catches Fire After Man Shot Inside Vehicle in Torrance: Police

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Two people were injured after an apparent car-to-car shooting resulted in a vehicle catching fire in Torrance early Sunday morning, police said.

A car caught fire after a shooting that left two injured in Torrance on May 22, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

A car caught fire after a shooting that left two injured in Torrance on May 22, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Around 2:30 a.m., officers responded to the 3700 block of Artesia Boulevard -- near the 405 Freeway -- to a call of shots fire, according to Torrance Police Department Sgt. Paul Kranke.

A short time later, they were advised of up to two gunshot victim and a car on fire in the 173rd Street at Inglewood Avenue, Kranke said. The second location is roughly 1 1/2 miles away from the first one.

Police later learned that five people were inside the car when one man was struck in the chest area by gunfire; a female occupant was hit by shrapnel.

The vehicle burst into flames as a result of the shooting, according to Kranke.

The man was transported to a local hospital in stable condition and expected to survive. It was unclear if the female victim -- who sustained minor injuries -- was also hospitalized.

Police did not provide a description of the shooter or shooters. It was not immediately known if the incident was gang-related, Kranke said.

The victims were not cooperating with the investigation, he added.

Artesia was shut down between Prairie and Ainsworth while authorities investigated the shooting, according to a Torrance police news alert sent around 7 a.m.

The roadway was reopened about two hours later.

No other information has been released.

KTLA's Geoff Peters contributed to this story. 

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