The investigation into two males found critically injured today in the Lincoln Heights area, one with a gunshot wound, has led to three separate crime scenes, according to authorities.
Officers were sent to Medford and Ricardo streets at about 6:45 a.m., said Officer Drake Madison of the Los Angeles Police Department. A male was found shot and wounded at that location and was taken to a hospital in critical condition, the LAPD reported.
A second male was found suffering a “blunt force” injury about a block away on Soto Street and Valley Boulevard, and also was taken to a hospital in critical condition, police said. It was not immediately known if the males were adults or juveniles, police said.
Police initially said the injuries might have been connected with a traffic crash in the area, but KNX-1070 Radio is reporting the shooting may have occurred outside the area, about 1-mile east in county territory.
Los Angeles County Sheriffs’ detectives have joined the investigation, KNX-1070 reported.
The driver of the purple sedan said to be involved in the crash may have been trying to get the shooting victim to County USC hospital, according to the news report.
One of the men fled the vehicle following the crashing, collapsing about a quarter-mile away.
Police detained two men in nearby Lincoln Park, a short distance from where the injured men were found. How they are connected to the injured men is not yet clear.
Authorities have yet to speculate on a motive for the shooting.
A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy who received a life-saving liver transplant expressed his gratitude Thursday to a colleague, who donated part of his own liver for the surgery.
“I never thought I would have a brother at age 40. (It’s) a miracle,” Deputy Jorge Castro said at a news conference at Keck Hospital of the University of Southern California.
Castro was seated at a table with Deputy Javier Tiscareno, who donated part of his liver to his fellow deputy.
The operation was performed June 4 at the medical facility, where surgeons removed 60 percent of Tiscareno’s liver and implanted it in Castro.
Both liver sections are expected to grow back to normal size, and both men could return to work and other normal activities within about two months, officials said.
Castro, a 14-year department veteran assigned to the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, had first described his need for a liver transplant to Tiscareno, an 18-year department veteran, while the men were at a gym.
Tiscareno said the most rewarding part of his gift was knowing that Castro would be able to share in his children’s lives.
“Jorge was able to say (to his kids), ‘Hey, you know, this is the guy who saved me,’” Tiscareno said. “But what touched me is he says, ‘Now I get to see you grow up. I get to be part of your life.’ And that gave me so much happiness. So I’m thankful to have him here.”
Castro had thought he was facing death because he couldn’t find a donated liver. Back in January 2014, doctors told him they would place him on a waiting list, but they also warned it was difficult to find a donor and no one in his own family was a match.
If he didn’t find a liver for implantation, he could be dead within a year, the doctors said.
Soon afterward, Castro began talking to Tiscareno while at the gym. When asked how he was doing, Castro tried to say he was fine, but Tiscareno could tell something was wrong.
The treatments weren’t working, and he was getting worse, Castro said. He ended up confiding in Tiscareno, who told Castro he was willing to see if he might be a match.
The Tiscareno and Castro families became close as the surgery approached. Their wives, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida, “have become very close and Castro realizes he owes Tiscareno his life.”
“I’m not going to your funeral knowing that I could have helped,” Tiscareno told Castro at a news conference before last week’s surgery.