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Boy shot while walking to Los Angeles High School

April 15, 2011 |  9:59 am

A 15-year-old boy was shot Friday about two blocks away from Los Angeles High School, briefly prompting a campus lockdown, authorities said.

The ninth-grader, who suffered a penetrating wound in the buttocks, was in stable condition at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said Sgt. Alfredo Reyes of the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire division.

The boy, who was walking to school when he was shot, told investigators the shooter was another teenager he knew who shot him after a verbal argument, according to Reyes. There were no other witnesses to the incident, police said, and it was not immediately clear how the two knew each other.

Police are in the process of locating the alleged shooter and expect to have him in custody Friday, Reyes said. The suspect, about 17 years old, was in a car with two other males, Reyes said.

The high school was placed on lockdown for about an hour in the morning as a precaution because of the proximity of the shooting to campus, police said.

"Whenever we have something like that, we want to be careful," Reyes said. "A school should be a safe place."

It was not immediately clear if the shooting was gang-related, he said.

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