Three children, including a 10-year-old boy, were wounded late Wednesday when they were caught in a drive-by shooting while eating at a South Los Angeles taco stand, police said.
The victims were standing on the southeast corner of 94th and Figueroa at about 8:40 p.m. local time (11:40 p.m. ET) when two vehicles approached and at least one gunman opened fire.
A boy and a girl, both 13, were taken by ambulance to a local hospital where they were listed in a stable condition, Lt. Laura Curtin, of LAPD Southeast Community Police Station told NBC News.
The 10-year-old boy was hit by shrapnel but was not hospitalized for his injuries.
She said investigators hadn’t yet identified the intended target of the shooting.
“We don’t know if the children were the target, I would hope not,” she said. "We are still trying to figure that out or whether for example there was another intended target that was missed....This is a very, very unfortunate incident and we need to figure out who the intended target was."
The two suspect vehicles are described as a dark SUV and a dark 4-door sedan, both with tinted windows.
Curtin added that the local area would have been crowded at the time of the shooting.
“It is a very busy thoroughfare.”