Uncle of 2-year-old fatally shot in head is fighting for his own life
Police continued Tuesday to investigate the killing of a 2-year-old boy who was shot on the porch of a South Los Angeles home while being held by his uncle, who also was hit by gunfire and was battling for his life.
Multiple shots were fired about 8:30 p.m. Monday in the 1200 block of East 55th Street, LAPD spokesman Lyle Knight said.
Both the toddler and the uncle, described by police as a man in his 30s, were shot in the head.
Paramedics took them to a hospital, where the child died and the uncle remained in critical condition.
Police said Monday night that they believed the pair were probably unintended victims, but an investigation was ongoing.
-- Kurt Streeter
Map: The Times Homicide Report shows the location of Monday's shooting in purple and other homicides within a mile since January 2007 in red. Credit: L.A. Times Homicide Report
Photo: Joshua Montes at 8 months old. Joshua was fatally shot Monday. Credit: Family photo