Drive-by shooting of girl, 15, in Watts gang-related, police say

The victim was hospitalized after she was shot in the chest while standing at a street corner, investigators say. The vehicle believed used in the attack was later found abandoned with a gun inside.

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
8:11 AM PDT, April 22, 2008

A 15-year-old girl was hospitalized this morning after being shot in the chest in Watts in what authorities are calling a gang-related drive-by attack.

The girl, whose name has not been released, was standing at the corner of East 110th Street and Lou Dillon Avenue shortly after 9 Monday night when suspects drove up in a Jeep Cherokee and opened fire with a handgun, said Sgt. Lee Sands of the Los Angeles Police Department.

No one else was injured in the shooting, Sands said.

The girl was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in stable condition. Sands could not say what the girl’s condition was this morning and hospital staff refused to comment.

Soon after the shooting, investigators found a Jeep Cherokee near the Watts Arms apartments in the 10000 block of Beach Street. Inside the vehicle, they recovered a handgun they believe was used in the shooting, Sands said.

Sands said investigators believe the shooting was gang-related, but did not say whether the victim had any gang ties.

No arrests had been made in connection with the shooting, Sands said.

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