PANORAMA CITY (CBSLA) — A 19-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot and wounded before plowing his vehicle into a Panorama City Wendy’s.
Alexis Saldana was taken to a hospital where he was still alive as of 11 a.m. Saturday, according to Los Angeles police.
At around 10:20 a.m., police reported in a news release that Saldana had died. However, they later issued a correction, stating that he was still alive and remained hospitalized.
The crash, which was reported at 10:51 p.m. Friday in the area of Roscoe and Van Nuys boulevards, came after Saldana was wounded in a car-to-car shooting in a nearby Walmart parking lot, police said.
According to police, the incident began with a scuffle between two carloads of people. At some point, a suspect in a black SUV opened fire into Saldana’s car, wounding him. Saldana, with three passengers, fled the scene, but crashed into the Wendy’s restaurant.
No one inside the restaurant was hurt, as the dining room was closed at that time. Two of the passengers ran from the car, but one remained and spoke to police.
Investigators believe the shooting was likely gang-related. No suspect description was immediately available. Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD at 818-374-1934 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
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