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