South Gate Cops Shot Teen in Back, Mom Says

Angel Solorio, 17, was shot by South Gate police while allegedly running from officers near the Jordan Downs Housing Projects in Watts Saturday night.

A teenage boy shot by South Gate police remained in critical condition at a hospital Sunday and his mother contends the 17-year-old was shot in the back.

Angel Solorio was shot about 8:45 p.m. Saturday near the Jordan Downs Housing Projects at the corner of Grape and 97th streets, officials said.

Police also shot at a 25-year-old man but missed him -- twice, according to Los Angeles County sheriff's officials.

The boy's mother, Maria Morfin, was at the hospital Sunday night, consulting with an attorney, someone who answered her cell phone told Patch.

She told Patch that her son was in critical condition and that she had not been allowed to see him Sunday. Morfin said a law enforcement officer had been outside her son's room Saturday night.

Morfin told other news agencies her son was shot twice.

The events with South Gate police began when they were called to investigate a carjacking at Montara Avenue, near Tweedy Boulevard.

The stolen GMC was later spotted about a half-mile away and police watching the SUV saw four males taking items out.

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A chase ensued and officers were led into Los Angeles, where the shootings occurred.

Morfin said police have not spoken to her about her son; sheriff's homicide investigators were on the case.

Officials were still trying to determine whether the suspects who were chased had anything to do with the carjacking.

Morfin told news outlets that her daughter and Angel were going to his
girlfriend's home in the same complex, to attend the girlfriend's birthday party.

A few minutes later, her daughter was banging on her front door saying
that Solorio had been shot by police and that there was some sort of car crash
prior to the shooting -- which turned out to be Morfin's vehicle.

Morfin said it was unclear who had taken the car keys from the home but according to the mother, Angel was not behind the wheel at the time of the crash.

She said that following the incidents of that night, people told her that Angel was shot by police as he ran home; officers reportedly called him by someone else's name.

Morfin said police showed her a picture of a suspect who may have been
driving her car -- someone she did not recognize.

-- City News Service contributed to this report

J. Munoz January 07, 2013 at 02:06 AM
let me get this right... A report of a car jacking, the victim is is the owners son... where is the Mother during all this?? it just happens that this kid is at the scene of a crime but he runs from Police which he was going to his girlfriends house, what are the chances you run and get shot minding your own business???.. They should also put the mother in jail for failing to watch her minor child, she has not waited for a final police report, and is consulting with lawyers?? she smells $$$$ who cares about her kid right??? we know where this is headed.. good kid story
Tony Morales January 07, 2013 at 03:46 AM
Munoz, I though about the same thing. The last thing that will come to mind is an attorney in a situation like this. She should be asking God to save her kid not thinking money. About the story, we need a better report. The whole thing is confusing on how things happened .
maria January 07, 2013 at 06:20 AM
This mother is full of shit. Im related to the person that got carjacked and stabbed and ill i can say is that this is how thiefs end. He was nothing good!
Virginia Johnson January 07, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Our South Gate Police Officers are put through the most rigorous training of anyone around and the one thing they are taught repeatedly is to not shoot unless provoked with great bodily harm and even then they are taught to think again. I agree with the other Patch commenters that the family story sounds very fishy.
L.Morfin January 07, 2013 at 10:40 PM
well im related to the victim and for your information there is a 17 year old in the hospital in critical condition. OH they hear that the moms is speaking to attorney .so right away $$$ is what everyone thinks are you kidding me. we are praying and crying and scared for is life.he was running away from the police not at them with a gun okay and he gets shot in the BACK. NO gun was found. these police are not giving the mother any answers on why they shot her son. dam right we're getting an attorney someone is gonna fight for us and get us those answer , someones gonna be responsible for what happen to my cousin he is never gonna be the same, just cause a tuff ass cop has a gun and is afraid of his life thats always the excuse then dont be a cop then. Come on we live in watts we know the cops here are evil. Not matter what my cousin did he did not deserve to get shot. thats why theres jails and judges to decide about someones life.But we got these cops that think is easier to to shoot another kid. no no no. you guys have your opinion but no one has the right to shot someone just cause they Think they saw a gun . and to shot in the back TWICE .Ok maybe The leg or arm to stop him but even then thats still messed up thats why the run there as to get him o lazy ass cops . to me that was shoot to kill
r.gaitan January 08, 2013 at 01:22 AM
I'm trying to look at the situation from both sides, the cops that work in these rough areas are obviously on edge and might be a little trigger happy, the victim may not have had a weapon on him but if he was involved in the crime and started running away he obviously knew that there's the possibility of danger involved either by trigger happy cops or trigger happy thugs, all I'm saying is if he was an innocent victim that just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time then I have sympathy for him, but if it turns out he did the crime,he had to have known the risks either way I do feel sorry for his mom,hopefully hopefully the facts will come out soon
Truth Son January 08, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Good! To bad they didnt complete the job. Get scum off the streets. Point is, if he was never doing any CRIMINAL activities he would of never put himself in such a situation! Kill him now before he becomes a bigger problem
Truth Son January 08, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Bad people deserve things like this! Nobody likes scum of any age
Tony Morales January 09, 2013 at 07:27 AM
I don’t agree with the trigger happy comment and I don’t think this officer wanted to shoot this kid just for the hell of it, but under the circumstances I think he did the right thing. If these thugs that car jacked the victim had the balls to stab an innocent person for a car, they wouldn’t hesitate to shoot at a Police officer. If the officer was chasing the suspects of a carjacking and stabbing what do you spec the him to do? To removed his Bullet proof best and walk around like he is in the park. I don’t blame him to fear for his life Let’s flip the coin a bit, what do you think about the real victims in this case. Everybody is forgetting the reason why this whole situation came about. Did the Victims have a chance NOT to get car jacked and stabbed? Do they matter at all on this situation? If indeed this guy is guilty of the crime, he put himself in this situation. I’m not happy that he got shot and truly hopes he recovers as well as the victim that got stabbed, but I do hope he goes to jail for a long time for this crime
El compa chuy January 09, 2013 at 06:30 PM
This puto deserves it. He got exactly what was coming to him. Hope he dies.
Brian January 10, 2013 at 04:38 PM
you guys are fucking retarted you guys have family and no matter what you dont wish death on no one and pay attention there was a carjacking, they spotted the suspected stolen car that later turns out to be the moms car wtf are you guys serious bunch of ignorant asses...
Verna January 13, 2013 at 11:32 PM
We don't know that, Brian. As usual, we get bits and pieces of the story before anyone knows the whole story. I don't think this kid deserves to die but what was he doing running from a crime scene. I don't feel sorry for him getting shot if he indeed was committing a crime. It's easy to say what happened, when you weren't there. I'll look to see if they ever tell us the whole story here.


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