Suspect At Large After Boy Wounded By Stray Gunfire in Watts

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Suspect At Large After Boy Wounded By Stray Gunfire in Watts

by Contributing Editor

An 8-year-old boy who was struck in the leg by a stray bullet from a shooting in Watts was hospitalized in stable condition Thursday morning and the shooter was at-large.

Officers in the area of 109th Street and Wilmington Avenue heard shots about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, according to the watch commander at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Southeast Station.

Police briefly chased the gunman, but lost sight of him, prompting a search of the neighborhood, the LAPD said.

The boy, who was a bystander, was wounded in his leg and taken to a hospital in stable condition, police said.

“He made it upstairs with a bullet wound in his leg,” the boy’s sister, Vanessa Sanchez, told reporters at the scene. “He went upstairs, didn’t even tell us he was shot. He was so scared.”

A firearm was recovered at the scene, police said.

A detailed description of the shooter was not immediately released.

A motive for the shooting was unknown, but police said the child was likely not the intended target.

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