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17-year-old shot by South Gate police after carjacking, 2 sought

January 7, 2013 |  7:24 am

Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators are continuing to look into the shooting of a 17-year-old by South Gate police, authorities said Monday.

The incident began at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, when officers were called to Montara Avenue and Tweedy Boulevard after a reported carjacking, in which a man was stabbed and pulled from the vehicle, the sheriff's department said. The victim was treated at a hospital and released.

A short time later, South Gate officers found the stolen GMC Sierra abandoned about a half-mile away, department officials said in a statement.

"While surveilling the vehicle, officers saw four male suspects approach it and begin removing items from inside," the sheriff's statement said. "As South Gate Police Department officers attempted to contact the suspects, they got in another car ... and sped away."

The white Taurus did not stop when police tried to pull it over, authorities said, and officers followed it to the intersection of 97th and Grape streets in Watts, where the vehicle crashed into a fence. The four men got out of the car and fled, authorities said.

Three officer-involved shootings ensued, authorities said. The first involved the 17-year-old, who authorities said ran east on 97th Street through the Jordan Downs Housing Project. The other two shootings involved a 25-year-old suspect, who was fired at by two different officers but was not struck by the gunfire, authorities said. He was taken into custody.

The mother of the 17-year-old identified her son as Angel Solorio, KTLA-TV reported. He was apparently struck by bullets twice and hospitalized; his condition was not known Monday.

Details of what prompted the shootings remained unclear, though sheriff's Sgt. Luis Nunez told KTLA that police saw one of the suspects "holding a handgun in his right hand."

Sheriff's officials said no firearms were recovered at the scenes, but officers did find two screwdrivers. No officers were injured.

The two other suspects remained at large, sheriff's officials said Sunday. Authorities said it was not known if the four men were involved in the original carjacking.


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