Boyle Heights shooting leaves 15-year-old in critical condition with head wound [updated]


BOYLE HEIGHTS — Police are searching for the suspect or suspects who shot a teenager in the head early this morning.

Officers responded to calls of shots fired at about 2:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, said Lt. Ryan Whiteman with the LAPD Hollenbeck Division. When they arrived, neighbors directed them to an RV that had been struck by bullets. Shell casing were also found near the RV, said Whiteman.

The victim, a 15-year-old male, was found inside the RV with a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to a hospital where he remains in critical condition this morning, said Whiteman.

It is unknown if the shooting is gang related. Police remain at the scene.

Update @ 9:26 pm: The victim, who was sleeping inside the RV when he was short, was in critical condition following surgery earlier today. There is no description of the suspect or suspects.

Anyone with information is urged to call Hollenbeck Area Detectives at (323) 342-8900.
During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7
(1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org

Lucy Guanuna is a freelance reporter who has covered a variety of issues, including business, education and social justice movements in her native Los Angeles. Her work has been published in the Daily Sundial, L.A. Activist, and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

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