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Two students killed in park shooting, memo says

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

One person killed in an apparent gang-related shooting at a Venice park was a sophomore at Venice High School and another was a 10th grader at Venice Skills Center, according to a memo sent to school staff Thursday morning.

A third victim shot in the leg and later treated at a hospital is a sophomore at Venice High.

School police are beefing up patrols in the area, the memo also said.

According to police and eyewitnesses, a gunman shot the three victims, two of them fatally, shortly after 4 p.m. at Penmar Park in the 1300 block of East Lake Street in a quiet Venice neighborhood of single-family homes and shady trees.

The shooting erupted in a grassy area near a recreation center and a baseball diamond, an eyewitness said.

A witness who arrived at the park about the time of the shooting told The Times the attacker jumped into a car, perhaps a silver Volkswagen station wagon, where a driver was waiting and fled.

The shooting prompted officers to lock down the recreation center, where small children were playing, said Lt. Jeff Bert of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The children were later reunited with their parents. Bert said the shooting appeared to be gang-related. Officers found several shell casings in the area.

At least 15 homicides have been reported in Venice since January 2007, according to The Times' Homicide Report database.

[For the Record, 12:05 p.m. June 23: A previous version of this post stated incorrectly that both victims killed were students at Venice High School, but one attended Venice Skills Center, a vocational school.]

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