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Juveniles booked in shooting of LAPD officers in Koreatown

Two juveniles taken into custody Saturday night in connection with the shooting of two undercover LAPD officers in Koreatown have been booked on suspicion of attempted murder, police officials said.

Sgt. Cathy Reyes of the LAPD's Olympic station, where the two injured officers were assigned, said the juvenile suspects, who were held overnight at the station, were booked downtown late Sunday morning. The suspects' names have not been released.

Authorities said earlier Sunday that police were searching for additional suspects in a red Nissan or Mitsubishi sedan. Those suspects are still outstanding, Reyes said.

The plainclothes officers were shot after they came upon a shooting in progress and confronted men who had opened fire on a woman, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said. The two officers were hit in the face with small pellets.

One officer was hit in an eye and was reported to be in serious but stable condition after surgery Sunday. The other officer was released from the hospital with minor injuries.

Reyes said it appears that the initial shooting was gang related.

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