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Gardena police fatally shoot gunman who fired at woman

March 9, 2010 | 12:03 pm

Investigators examine the body of a man shot to death by police following an incident on Western Avenue in Gardena.
Gardena police shot and killed a gunman who riddled a woman with bullets Tuesday as she ran to escape him, authorities said.

Police received multiple 911 calls at about 7:45 a.m. about a man with a gun chasing a woman out of an apartment complex in the 1700 block of West 146th Street, shooting as he ran, said Lt. Steve Prendergast of the Gardena Police Department.

A man comforts two women who came upon the scene after the shooting. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times The gunman was shot by a police officer shortly after turning onto South Western Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Prendergast said.

The woman was taken to Harbor General Hospital, where she was in critical but stable condition. A domestic dispute may have preceded the incident, Prendergast said.

No further details were available. Anyone with information is asked to call the L.A. County Sheriff's Department homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500.

-- Amina Khan

Photos: At top, investigators examine the body of a man shot to death by police following an  incident on Western Avenue in Gardena. Above right, a man comforts two women who came upon the scene after the shooting. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

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