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Update: 2 Girls Questioned in Teen Shooting

Two teenage girls walking with a man suspected of opening fire on a group of people at the Highland Park Recreation Center have been brought in for questioning.

Update:

Police are questioning two females who were walking with a male who allegedly opened fire on a group of teenagers sitting on a bench at the  wounding a girl.

The shooter and another male who accompanied him are still at large.

According to Los Angeles Police Officer Francisco Serrano, two males and two females were walking on North Figueroa Street when they engaged in a verbal altercation with a group of teens sitting on the bench. One of the males, who police did not describe in detail, pulled out a handgun and began firing on the group, police said.

Serrano said the two males fled north on foot and the two females fled south. The females were apprehended and taken into custody for questioning, but they have not been charged with the shooting, Serrano said.

Police are not sure if the suspect was aiming at the girl who was hit.

Shells from a .45 caliber handgun were found on the ground surrounding the scene, police said.

Serrano said police suspect the the shooter is a gang member.

Previously:

Within an hour after two men fired shots into a group of people near Franklin High School Thursday afternoon, a second shooting has occurred in Highland Park.

According to Highland Park Senior Lead Officer Mark Allen of the LAPD, two teenage girls were sitting near the Highland Park Recreation Center at 6150 Piedmont Ave. when they were approached by two males who opened fire on the girls at around 4:40 p.m.

One of the teenagers was wounded. She was rushed to a hospital by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics, Allen said.

The identity of the assailants is not yet known. Allen told Patch that he did not know if the earlier shooting incident near Franklin High was in any way connected to the latest events.

 

Patch will report more details as information becomes available.

Erykah Grande July 21, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Hey Sherry, your employer called. He's wondering why you were staring out the window for 5 hours.
Armez July 21, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Nathan is following in the steps of Zenay Loera, the previous deputy for CD 14. She set a standard for deputies to make themselves visible in the communities they represent.
Armez July 21, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Low income housing privileges given to dysfunctional families begets problems for the local community.
Charles Inman July 25, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Put a time limit on each Rent Controled tenancy. Perhaps 10 years instead of forever.

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