A 16-year-old youth from South-Central Los Angeles was killed in a drive-by shooting on an Elysian Valley street where he stopped to use a pay phone, police said.
Jose R. Escobar was fatally shot at 12:15 a.m. Saturday after he and two friends got lost on their way home from a Pasadena nightclub and stopped at a phone booth to call for directions, said Detective Sam Sanchez of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Sanchez said Escobar and the other passenger got out of a car to use a phone in front of a hardware store in the 2200 block of Riverside Drive while the driver turned the car around.
Another man was using the pay phone, so Escobar and his friend walked back toward the approaching car, Sanchez said.
Another car, a white Datsun 260 or 280Z, with possibly two youths inside, drove up alongside Escobar and his friend, Sanchez said.