Torrance police officers arrested six suspected gang members Friday on suspicion of robbery and assault after a high-speed chase that ended in the shooting of one of the juvenile suspects.
The youth, 15, was shot once in the right shoulder but was scheduled to be released Saturday from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance police officials said.
Officers with Torrance’s Crime Impact Team were tailing a group suspected in a series of South Bay robberies and burglaries. About 7 p.m., two of the suspects jumped out of a truck near the intersection of Knox Street and Vermont Avenue near Torrance and allegedly robbed a woman of her purse, Lt. Wally Murker said.
The truck then drove off, with the officers in pursuit, approaching speeds in excess of 85 m.p.h. The truck was finally stopped on the Carson Street off-ramp of the southbound Harbor Freeway. Murker said one of the alleged gang members began fighting with an officer, who fired one round from his service revolver, striking the youth.
Three adults and two other juveniles were taken into custody.