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South Los Angeles shootings leave four wounded

August 28, 2010 |  3:57 pm

Map shows location of Saturday's shooting spree, as well as 91 homicides within two miles since January 2007. Click to learn more about homicides in the area on The Times' interactive Homicide Report. Two gunmen in search of rival gang members in South Los Angeles went on a shooting spree Friday night, wounding at least four people, including a woman who was listed in critical condition, authorities said.

The attacks were reported about 11:30 p.m. near 54th Street and Arlington Avenue in the Chesterfield Square area, said Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Armed with a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun, the two suspects were driving around the area in a black sport-utility vehicle in search of rival gang members, Eisenman said.

The shootings appeared to have started at Van Ness Park, just south of the intersection, where the two suspects forced four men onto their knees and began beating and kicking them, she said. It was not known whether the men who were being beaten were gang members.

The suspects then opened fired at the driver of a black Dodge Magnum that was passing the park. The driver, a 29-year-old man, was struck in the left forearm, Eisenman said. The shooting victim then sped north on Van Ness Place, which merges with Arlington Avenue.

The suspects then got into their black SUV and sped after the fleeing car along Van Ness Place. At 54th and Arlington Avenue, the gunmen encountered another Magnum of a different color and fired at it.

A 35-year-old woman passenger was struck in the head, and the driver, a 47-year-old male, was struck in the forearm, Eisenman said. The driver pulled into a nearby liquor store to call for help, she said.

A fourth person, a 53-year-old man who was pedaling his bicycle past the intersection at the time, was shot in the torso as well, authorities said.

Paramedics took at least three people to local hospitals, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Their conditions were not known.

Police did not have further descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle.

The victims appeared to be bystanders, police said.

At least 420 people have been killed since the beginning of the year, according to the Los Angeles Times' Homicide Report, which chronicles Los Angeles County homicide victims.

About 91 homicides have occurred within a 2-mile radius of the Chesterfield Square intersection where Friday's shootings occurred, the report says.

Anyone with information regarding the shootings can call the LAPD's 77th Street Station at (213) 485-4164. Tips can be made anonymously.

-Ruben Vives

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