A man was critically wounded Wednesday in a drive-by attack in El Sereno that triggered a shooting involving an off-duty police lieutenant who witnessed the initial gunfire, police said.

The shooting was reported at 12:21 p.m. in the 3100 block of Pueblo Avenue, said Officer Tony Im of the Los Angeles Police Department’s media relations office.

Officers arrived on the scene about 12:25 p.m. and met with the off-duty LAPD lieutenant, who reported seeing a dark compact vehicle “pull up near a man outside of a residence and fire numerous rounds at the man,” according to a police statement.

“As the suspects drove southbound and passed the lieutenant, there was an officer-involved shooting. The suspect vehicle continued south on Pueblo Street,” according to the LAPD. “The victim shot by the suspects has been transported to a local hospital and is currently in surgery in critical condition.”

It’s unknown if the suspects were struck by gunfire, according to police, who said the lieutenant was not injured.

Casings from the shooting were recovered at the scene.

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