Three Mt. Washington residents were shot and wounded after they confronted suspected gang members who were painting graffiti on a wall across from their residence, Los Angeles police said Wednesday.
Two teen-agers were arrested a short time later on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and a third is being sought, police said.
The incident began about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday when residents in the 400 block of Isabel Street confronted three young men as they attempted to paint graffiti on the wall.
Police Detective Joe Friend of the Northeast Division's gang unit said the suspects left, but returned shortly afterward and resumed painting on the wall. Another confrontation occurred and the suspects fired a shotgun and a rifle at the residents as they stood inside their doorway.