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Student wounded in shooting near high school in Hollywood

October 13, 2009 |  5:27 pm
A 16-year-old student was shot in the hip this afternoon within two blocks of Helen Bernstein High School in  Hollywood, where classes had just ended for the day, authorities said.Hollywood neighborhood where the shooting took place.

The girl was taken to a hospital, where she was listed in good condition, said Officer Bruce Borihanh of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police suspect that the girl, who had been walking home, was caught in the crossfire of two rival gangs, according to an LAPD source who asked not to be named because the case was ongoing.

Borihanh said witnesses reported seeing four male juveniles running from the scene of the shooting, which occurred about 1:50 p.m. near Wilton Place and Fountain Avenue.

"Nobody saw a gun. Nobody saw the shooting take place," he said.

Monica Carazo, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Unified School District, said the high school and two other nearby schools were locked down until about 4 p.m. The school district was sending a recorded phone message to parents to let them know what had happened, she said.

Police had cordoned off an area around the school and were searching for suspects this afternoon.

--Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez
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