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Shots hit 2 boys and a man near South L.A. gang fight, police say

August 22, 2013|By Robert J. Lopez

Two boys and and a man were wounded when a nearby fight between suspected gang members escalated into gunfire at a South Los Angeles park, police said late Thursday.

A 12-year-old boy was struck in the hip by a ricochet bullet, an 8-year-old boy was hit in the ankle, and the 25-year-old man was shot in the arm, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

According to police, the bullet that struck the 12-year-old did not result in a penetration wound.  The shootings were reported around 9 p.m. at South Park at 51st and San Pedro streets.

"There was a gang fight and someone took out a gun and started firing," Sgt. Andre Belotto of the LAPD's Newton Division told The Times. He said the victims' wounds were not critical.

The suspect took off running, police said. No other details were immediately available.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (323) 846-6547.


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