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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.

Gil July 20, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Another shooting in 90042. Wow 2 in a day. Not that long go Captain Murphy was telling me that Highland Park is the safest its ever been, and crimes are down. Need more police on the streets all the time not after a crime happens. PREVENTION
dot lung July 20, 2012 at 04:49 AM
I want to know why I've got ten cops at my door every time someone lights fireworks in the street but known criminals with guns are shooting people with impunity at the park. Did you know that cops have Solitaire and other video games on their in-car computers?
Bebop July 20, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I do not feel the police presence in Highland Park. These shootings are tragic, we need more cops. I would love it if they came down my street when every jackass is shooting of illegal fireworks or when the neighbors decide to have a family brawl in the middle of the street in the middle of the block. But there are not enough officers patrolling.
mark July 20, 2012 at 04:53 PM
How can we blame this on medical marijuana? Clearly these teens were on there way walking to a dispensary. If we don't ad that nobody on the patch is going to care about this crime.
Tim Ryder July 20, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Ha, ha, Mark, don't worry, the Prohibition crusaders will find a way to blame Marijuana for all evils in society. That's just what they do ;')
Culturevator July 20, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Call council district 1 to ask why they haven't been more active in solving the violence here in Highland Park. Demand a real answer. Not a pass the buck answer. Get angry. Enough is enough. Ed Reyes: (213)473-7001.
KingSlav July 20, 2012 at 06:38 PM
If Northeast LAPD would take smaller crimes more seriously there would be far fewer Highland Park shootings like this to respond to.
Sherry Samaniego July 20, 2012 at 09:19 PM
I work at highland park and today i saw 1 police patrol in a 5 hour shift.
Jay July 20, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Didn’t you transplants research the area before you moved in? Highland Park has been a gang infested neighborhood since the early seventies. Face it; you live in a violent and dangerous area. This kind of violence has been going on in Highland Park for over 40 years and you’re foolish to think it’s going to stop. You sound like a bunch of whining babies. There’s generations of gang members in and around Highland Park and you’re not going to price them out of the neighborhood or get rid of them by destroying a section 8 apartment complex (Monte Vista). That’s just life in the big city baby! Welcome to the City of Angeles… Ha, ha, ha!
El Cid July 20, 2012 at 10:11 PM
HP is not a gang infested neighborhood. There are many wonderful residents in HP who call it home! Does it have some serious issues particularly south of York? Yes, it does! Again, what is Councilman Ed Reyes doing to address the safety issues? How is LAPD addressing it? Until we address the ills of society, the undereducated generational gang bangers, and government policies meant to help families in a positive manner - LAPD will not be able to do it alone! It's our community and we need to work in a collective effort to help our neighbors south of York. Love HP & LA!
El Cid July 20, 2012 at 11:35 PM
A suggestion: Our youth need safe places to thrive; therefore, the old Historic Northeast Police Station would be a great location for youth programs, explorer programs, and/ or possibly Boy's and Girl's Club, etc... Currently it is a museum for LA Police Dept. leased for $1 dollar from the City of LA. Question - Who would best be served by this lease for $1 from the City of LA? LAPD Museum or Our youth? Where is the data on how the LAPD Museum has contractually met its obligation in benefitting the HP community and City of LA? We need a place for children to grow and thrive.
The Weasel July 20, 2012 at 11:43 PM
CD 1 cares so much that neither Field Deputy Daniel Andalon nor anyone else from CD 1 bother to attend the HHPNC meeting last night. CD 14 rep Nathan was there. Hmmm... According to Nate the council is on a break session. But yet he was there to represent CD 14. Now I ask you folks, What is wrong with that picture? Comments anyone? Oh FYI the guy that leases the museum is a real piece of work according to my sources. He cares about himself and not about the community. Although I agree with you Rosario it is wishful thinking at this time.
The Weasel July 20, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I have inside information that LAPD will be out in force this weekend as a result of the shootings yesterday. And yes Rosario we all need to work together. Many of us agree with you. But HP does have a gang problem. There is a war on our door steps.
Margarito Martinez July 21, 2012 at 12:30 AM
I'm sitting here looking at the News' channels. All of them are talking about the BatMan Movie Shooter, or what ever you call him...Jimmy something. He shot 71 innocent humans and killed 12 of them. 12... How many humans have been shot in senseless shootings in H. P. since Jan.1st? A dozen? I couldn't tell you. Sometimes a dozen people are shot over a weekend in Chicago. I do not, however, think these juveniles would be deterred by a Boys and Girls Club. Though Highland Park is a beautiful, friendly place, it is also claimed by some of this city's deadliest gangs. The only effect responce seems to be education and positive alternatives. Midnite Basketball would only provide lit up targets in these parts though.
Nelson R Grande II July 21, 2012 at 04:10 AM
True prevention is EDUCATION. Taking apart the arts and other social programs lead to these crimes. If we were to concentrate as much on funding education as we do on arming more outsiders, we'd be way better off. Education reform is needed as well. Throwing money at it is not enough. We must include social programs and, most importantly, courses on Critical Thinking. Let's not put more guns on the streets. Let's put more Brains in the People.
Nelson R Grande II July 21, 2012 at 04:41 AM
It concerns me to see how much of a reactionary sentiment there is here. I don't see how adding more guns on the streets is a solution, regardless of who's carrying. If you truly want more guns, arm the People before you arm some non-locals. At least it would serve as a deterrent for future occurrences. If the gun toter thinks the 'victim' may be armed, s/he'd move on. Personally, I'd go with putting more effort in reforming the Education system. There's no better prevention than a city full of Critical Thinkers. That's true Prevention. Prevention that gets it right from the start.
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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