Police are investigating a shooting that left a young boy wounded in the Watts neighborhood of South Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Officers in the area were flagged down around 7:40 p.m. near the corner of 109th Street and Wilmington Avenue. Once they stopped, they heard shots being fired nearby, according to L.A. Police Officer Mike Lopez.
An 8-year-old boy was struck in a lower extremity, possibly his leg, Lopez said. A family member later told KTLA the boy was 7 years old.
The child was taken to a nearby hospital. He was with his family and in stable condition, officials said.
K-9 units were being sent to the scene to search for the person or people involved, and a perimeter was set up in the area.
Police say they found a firearm at the scene.
Aerial video showed a newer model Chevrolet Camaro being towed from outside a liquor store that was part of a scene being investigated on Wilmington Avenue, about a block from the shooting site but south of 108th Street.
No further details were immediately available.
KTLA’s Nidia Becerra contributed to this report.
At least 1 firearm has been recovered at the scene. The investigation is ongoing & there is a perimeter in the area as we search for the suspect(s). The LAPD is seeking the public’s assistance in helping identify any suspect(s) that may have been involved in this tragic incident
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) July 18, 2019