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Actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena witness real drama with LAPD

July 14, 2011 |  8:57 am

    Actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena were on a ride-along with officers in South Los Angeles as part of research for an upcoming police drama when they found themselves face to face with a real drama.

The actors, with their police escort, Sgt. Tammy Bowen, witnessed the aftermath of what Los Angeles police characterized as a gang shooting reported late Wednesday at Van Ness Park in the 5700 block of South 2nd Avenue.

The victim in the case, who was not identified and did not cooperate with authorities, was shot in the lip and arm, according to LAPD officials. He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

No suspects have yet been identified in the case. The actors were researching their roles for the upcoming movie "End of Watch," about two longtime LAPD partners.

Gyllenhaal had been on previous ride-alongs in connection with the research, LAPD officials said.

The shooting was of particular concern, according to LAPD officials, because the park where it occurred is popular with families and residents. Authorities said they plan to beef up late-night patrols at the park.

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