Two 16-year-olds Hit by Gunfire One Injured, One Killed NR10539kr

November 14, 2010

Los Angeles:  Two friends walking in the 700 block of Gardena Boulevard in the mid morning hours on Sunday were hit by gunfire, leaving one dead and one injured.

On November 14, 2010, at around 11 a.m., Jose Davalos a resident of Los Angeles and a friend were walking down the street when a mid-size sedan driving eastbound came up behind the pair and began firing at them.  Davalos was shot in the head and transported by Los Angeles City Fire personnel to a local hospital in critical condition.  He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Davalos’ friend was transported to a local hospital by a private car, prior to the arrival of police and fire personnel. He had been shot in the leg and was treated for his injuries and later released.

The motive for this incident is believed to be gang related.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Criminal Gang Homicide Divison, Detectves Jerry Vejar or Bill Ritch at 213-485-4341.  During non-business hours or on weekends please call 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips," and follow the prompts.