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

June 6, 2009 |  6:50 pm

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