Shooting near USC Health Sciences Campus injures two, closes roads

A shooting caused street closures at Soto and Alcazar Streets and resulted in two injuries Monday morning near the Health Sciences Campus.

The shooting occurred on the 3500 block of Whiteside Street in Boyle Heights. The victims, though, were discovered just outside HSC. The victims drove to the location of the crash moments after the shooting, according to a press release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

One of the four victims of this car-to-car shooting was a 15-year-old boy, who was found with a gunshot wound in a car that had crashed into a truck, according to CBS Los Angeles. The driver suffered blunt force trauma in the crash, and two other victims were found uninjured at the scene.

The two injured victims were transported to a local hospital and were in critical but stable condition at the time of this writing.

Department of Public Safety Assistant Chief David Carlisle said that the shooting had no USC affiliation. DPS officers responded after reports came in but immediately ceded control to the Los Angeles Police Department upon arrival.

“We initially respond because it’s close to our area and offer assistance, but it was handled by [LAPD and the Sheriff’s Department],” Carlisle said.

At first, LAPD led the investigation at Soto and Alcazar streets until it was determined that the crime was committed in another location under the jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s Department. The closures led to increased traffic congestion throughout the day, according to Carlisle.

“The sheriffs are coming close to concluding their investigation at that scene,” Carlisle said. “As soon as they conclude their investigation, the roadways will be reopened.”

The Sheriff’s Department said that there is no suspect information available and that the investigation is ongoing.