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5 wounded in gang shooting in Valley Glen, police say

January 2, 2011 | 11:15 am

Map shows location of incident in black. In the latest reported week (Dec. 22 through Dec. 28), violent crime reports were about average and property crime reports jumped significantly. Click for more details on The Times' interactive Crime L.A. project.

Los Angeles police were searching Sunday for two men involved in a suspected gang-related shooting that left five wounded outside a Valley Glen home.

The incident occurred in the 6200 block of Babcock Avenue at about 10:55 p.m. Saturday after 10 people who had been at the home watching a televised boxing match went into the frontyard to talk, police said.

A dark-colored sedan pulled up, and a man emerged and asked those gathered in the yard where they were from.

“That’s usually a precursor to the question of what gang are you in and indicated to us that this was probably gang-related,” said Sgt. Aaron Ponce with the North Hollywood station.

The man drew a gun and began firing, wounding five men. Another man injured his leg while trying to flee. Two victims were in critical condition Sunday, and the status of the others was unknown, Ponce said.

Police said the shooter wore a hooded sweatshirt, but they had no other details of his appearance. The driver of the vehicle remained inside the car before both men drove away.

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Map: Shows location of incident in black. In the latest reported week (Dec. 22 through Dec. 28), violent crime reports were about average and property crime reports jumped significantly. Credit: Crime L.A.

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