Boy, 15, shot dead, girl, 11, struck by stray bullet in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES – A 15-year-old has been shot dead and a stray bullet struck an 11-year-old girl in the Lincoln Park area.
Police are now seeking public help in locating whoever shot Miguel Machuca dead with a hand gun.
“On August 28, 2010, at around 7:30 p.m., Hollenbeck officers responded to a radio call of shots fired in the Lincoln Park area. When the officers arrived they found a male victim, later identified as Miguel Machuca, lying on the ground with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the upper torso,” LAPD said in a statement on Sunday.
“A suspect had pulled out a hand gun, fired several rounds striking Machuca. A stray bullet hit an 11-year-old girl in the back,” police said.
“Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported both Machuca and the 11-year-old girl to a local hospital. Shortly after, Machuca died from his injuries and the 11-year-old girl was listed in stable condition.
“According to detectives investigating the crime, Machuca was at Lincoln Park with a friend when two suspects approached them. One of the suspects described as a male Hispanic opened fire and shot Machuca,” police said.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Hollenbeck Homicide Detectives Chavarria or Rios at (323) 342-8957. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.