A 15-year-old boy was shot and critically wounded while riding in a car Monday, and the driver was critically injured when the vehicle crashed in the Lincoln Heights area, authorities said.
Officers were sent to Medford and Ricardo streets at about 6:45 a.m., said Officer Drake Madison of the Los Angeles Police Department A car was found crashed near that location, and the wounded boy was taken from there to a hospital.
Another male, apparently the driver, was found nearby suffering from a "blunt force" injury, and also was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
According to the preliminary investigation, the shooting occurred in the 3500 block of Whiteside Street in the East Los Angeles area, the sheriff's department reported.
The car was then driven west about a mile to the Lincoln Heights location, where it crashed, according to authorities and reports from the scene. The case was being investigated by personnel from the sheriff's East Los Angeles Station. No arrests were reported.