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Uncle of 2-year-old fatally shot in head is fighting for his own life

May 24, 2011 |  8:04 am

Map shows location of Monday's shooting in purple, as well as nearby homicides in red, since January 2007. Click for more details on The Times’ interactive Homicide Report.

Child 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.


2-year-old boy is shot dead, uncle critically wounded outside South L.A. home

-- 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