Boy, 5, Shot and Killed in Los Angeles

A 5-year-old boy was killed Tuesday by gunfire near downtown Los Angeles.

Police say the shooting happened at 4:25 p.m. in the Echo Park neighborhood.

The child died after being transported to a hospital with critical injuries, said Los Angeles police spokesman Sgt. Ronnie Crump.

Witnesses saw a vehicle fleeing the scene but further details were not immediately available, police said.