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1 dead, 6 wounded in 3 weekend drive-bys

February 23, 2009|Ari B. Bloomekatz

Three drive-by gang shootings over the weekend left one person dead and six wounded in less than five hours.

The fatal shooting occurred about 2:10 a.m. Sunday in the 2600 block of Lacy Street just east of the Los Angeles River.

Police said four men in a blue Chevy Tahoe fired at four men standing outside a party, drawing return fire. All four of the men outside were wounded, and one of them died later at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Norma Eisenman. The other three were being treated.

The first drive-by shooting occurred in Mid-City about 10:40 p.m. Saturday at Washington and West boulevards, police said.

A man was stopped at the intersection in a car with a 15-year-old girl when another man "pulled up and shot several rounds into the victim's vehicle," Eisenman said. The young man and girl were both wounded but were expected to survive, Eisenman said.

The final shooting happened about 3:30 a.m. in the 700 block of East 40th Place in South L.A. Police said riders in a red van fired at a house, striking a 23-year-old man. He was in stable condition.

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