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$75,000 reward offered in shooting of 3 mentally disabled adults

April 14, 2011 |  8:05 am

A $75,000 reward is being offered for information in the shooting of three mentally disabled adults in South Los Angeles, authorities said Thursday.

Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks is sponsoring the reward connected to the March 7 shooting in the 2000 block of Vernon Avenue. Two men were standing on a corner about 12:50 p.m. when they began shooting at two other men, police said. The shots struck three people in the backyard of a nearby adult day-care center.

The two intended victims fled and did not report the incident, police said.

The suspects ran to a car at Vernon and Van Ness avenues that was driven away down Van Ness.

In the day-center's backyard, a 29-year-old black woman was shot in the head, police said, and is making a slow recovery. A 31-year-old black man who took a bullet to the face is said to be in good condition. A 34-year-old black woman who suffered a graze wound to the head has fully recovered, police said.

All three were severely mentally disabled, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Street Community Police Station at (213) 473-4861.

During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637, police said. All text messages should begin with the letters LAPD.

Information can also be given via the police website LAPDOnline.org, where tipsters should click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

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