Jonathan “Johnny” Salas, a 17-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Friday, June 23, at East 92nd Street and South Hooper Avenue in the Florence-Firestone neighborhood of South Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Investigators think the teen, known as “Chino” to family and friends, was riding his bicycle home around 11 a.m. when he was struck by a stray bullet, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Guillermo Morales said.
Shortly before the shooting, two vehicles collided at the intersection, and the occupants had exited and begun fighting, Morales said, adding that their cars were blocking traffic.
Someone in a third vehicle, which police described as white, began shooting at the people who were fighting and struck the boy instead, Morales said. Investigators say Johnny was not involved in gangs and don’t think he was the intended target.
The teen was pronounced dead ...