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Teenager shot outside Locke High School in South L.A. [UPDATED]

April 13, 2009 |  8:56 am

Updated 10:15 a.m.: The lockdown has been lifted at Locke High school and "regular operations at the school have resumed," said LAPD Officer Sara Faden.

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A 16-year-old student from Locke High School in was shot in front of the South Los Angeles campus this morning and was hospitalized with serious injuries, police said.

Authorities believe the gunman was a 17-year-old who walked up to the victim and shot him in the upper body at 7:54 a.m. before fleeing, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Sara Faden said.

Police officers said they believed the shooting was gang-related and were searching for the gunman. They set up a perimeter in the area and the high school was locked down, officials said.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz