A man was wounded Monday morning while allegedly attempting to steal a catalytic converter from a vehicle in the Exposition Park area of Los Angeles.

The shooting occurred about 1:40 a.m. in the 1800 block of West 35th Street, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake Madison.

The vehicle’s owner saw the man under his car and the when the man got up holding an “unknown object” the owner produced a gun and shot the suspect, Madison said.

The suspect ran from the scene but was located by arriving officers and taken to a hospital where he has stable vital signs, Madison said.

The shooting was under investigation, he said.

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