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Two men injured in separate shootings at Los Angeles intersections

April 26, 2009 | 12:14 pm

An argument between two male motorists stopped at a red light in Atwater Village escalated into gunfire early today, wounding one of the men, police said.

The two were stopped at a light near the intersection of Atwater Avenue and Carillon Street about 1 a.m. and got involved in an altercation, said Officer Rosario Herrera of the Los Angeles Police Department.

One of the men pulled out a weapon and fired multiple times, striking the other man once, Herrera said.

The shooting victim, who has not been identified, drove himself to the LAPD’s Northeast Station, where he was taken to a hospital and was expected to survive, Herrera said.

In a similar but unrelated incident today, an 18-year-old man riding in the back seat of a vehicle that was stopped at a red light in South Los Angeles was shot by someone who drove up next to the car, police said.

The teenager, who has not been identified, was struck once in the head and once in the buttocks during the incident, which occurred about 4:45 a.m. near the intersection of East 55th Street and Long Beach Avenue.

He was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition, Herrera said.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz