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Two wounded in shooting near downtown L.A. [Updated]

Updated at 6:30 p.m. Saturday: The shooting was sparked by a fight between two Asian gangs, police said. Three people were wounded in the incident at an apartment building on Virgil Avenue. The three wounded, identified as men, were taken to nearby hospitals and were expected to survive, police said.

Police are searching for additional suspects, said LAPD Officer Jason Lee. The shooting occurred today shortly before 4 p.m. at 6th Street and Virgil Avenue, where a fight had broken out between two groups of men, Lee said.

By late afternoon, the intersection had been blocked off as police interviewed possible witnesses. Dogs were helping officers search for additional suspects as a police helicopter circled overhead. About two dozen helmeted officers stood by near a command post that had been set up in the neighborhood. The shootings occurred in a low-income neighborhood in Westlake just west of MacArthur Park.

--Ruben Vives and Robert J. Lopez

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This shooting was not "near " Downtown. It took place in what might be called the Wilshire District - or Koreatown - which is three communities removed from Downtown. It is also a lot closer to Hollywood than Downtown.

This area is also not the Westlake District as the historical Westlake District was east of the park and west of the Park was the Wilshire District. And even if you push Westlake further west - once you past Rampart - the neighborhood is totally different than on the other side of Rampart and that area has always been the Wilshire District.

The shooting also took place not just west of McArthur Park - but just west of Lafayette Park - which is NOT a low income community. It is primarily solid middle class with many condos and several blocks of upper-middle income single family homes.

The fact that it was two Asian gangs only further supports what both history and geography already prove - this neighborhood not in the Westlake District.

This area is in the WIlshire Center/Koreatown neighborood. It is also near Westlake - but not that near Pico-Union.

But most of of - calling it near Downtown is wrong no matter what neighborhood you call it.


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