A 5-year-old girl was rushed to a hospital after suffering a gunshot wound in South Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
The shooting was reported at about 5:30 p.m. in the 4100 block of Woodlawn Avenue in the Historic South-Central neighborhood of South L.A., officials said.
Both LAFD and the Los Angeles Police Department responded to the scene and found the child suffering from a gunshot wound, LAFD spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.
The child was taken to a local hospital in “very serious condition”, according to Lt. Raul Jovel with the LAPD.
Javel also expressed that the main concern during the investigation is the safety and the welfare of the injured child.
“We don’t want to assume it was self-inflicted; we don’t want to assume that it was a crime either,” Jovel said. There were also several siblings, some under the age of 18, present at the time of the shooting.
“This really impacted our officers; seeing a child that’s suffered an injury like this so, we’re also looking for the welfare of our officers at this time,” Jovel said.
Officials have not said whether or not someone is in custody and the what lead to the shooting is still in the early stages of the investigation at this time.