2 arrested in child’s shooting in Harbor Gateway

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
8:14 AM PST, March 5, 2008

Los Angeles police arrested two suspects today in connection with the shooting of a 6-year-old boy wounded Tuesday as his family drove through the Harbor Gateway neighborhood on their way to an auto auction.

The suspects were arrested early this morning, according to police spokesman Richard French, but police have not released their names, and French could not say whether the pair fit descriptions police released Tuesday that identified them as Latino gang members.

Police Chief William J. Bratton and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are expected to release more details concerning the suspects during an 11 a.m. press conference at the Universal Hilton hotel, French said.

Bratton has said the attack began when two Latino males flashed gang signs before opening fire on the family’s red GMC Yukon, which contained six people, including a woman who is eight months pregnant, Bratton said. The rear window of the SUV was shattered by the gunfire, and one of the rounds hit the boy in the head, he said.

Photo credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

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