Young Boy Wounded in Watts Shooting; Gunman Sought: LAPD

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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.

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