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15-year-old fatally shot during theft of his bicycle; gunfire wounds girl standing nearby [Updated]

August 29, 2010 | 12:30 pm

Homicide detectives are searching for two men who stole a bicycle from a 15-year-old boy in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood, then fatally shot him and wounded an 11-year-old girl.

Miguel Machuca of Los Angeles was riding his bike with a friend on North Mission Road near North Broadway about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday when he was approached by two men, according to Los Angeles Police Sgt. Kristin Hagerty and a Los Angeles County coroner’s investigator.

After demanding the boys’ bikes, one of the men opened fire and shot Machuca in the chest, Hagerty said. The gunfire also struck the back of a girl standing nearby.

The two victims were taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Machuca was pronounced dead at the hospital; the girl, whose name was not given, was in stable condition.

[Updated at 12:40 p.m.: Since January 2007, at least five homicides have taken place within a mile of Saturday's fatal shooting, according to data collected for The Times' interactive Homicide Report.]

-- Corina Knoll