Suspected burglar shot in face in Mar Vista
One of three young man suspected of burglarizing cars Sunday in Mar Vista was confronted by a resident and shot in the face during a struggle, police said.
The shooting occurred shortly before 2 a.m. near Venice Boulevard and Beethoven Street, said Los Angeles police Sgt. Lane Bragg of the Pacific Station.
A man heard a loud noise and confronted three men attempting to break into his car, said Officer Rosario Herrera of the Los Angeles Police Department. The confrontation escalated into a fight and was heard by two other residents, who came to the man's aid, Herrera said.
During the fight, the man pulled out a pistol and shot one of the men in the cheek, Herrera said.
Police deemed the shooting to be self-defense, Herrera said.
The wounded 23-year-old man was in stable condition, said April Harding of the Los Angeles Police Department.
He is under arrest but has not been booked yet, Harding said.