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Man, 2 teens wounded in possible mistaken-identity gang shooting

November 13, 2011 |  8:23 am

Photo: The scene of the shooting in Mar Vista. Credit: KTLA-TVA man, his teenage son and the son's girlfriend were wounded Saturday night in Mar Vista in what may have been a mistaken-identity gang shooting.

The victims, along with the son's mother, had gone by car to a liquor store at Culver Boulevard and Slauson Avenue at about 8:20 p.m. The mother went inside to buy something, then the father went in to talk to her, said LAPD Sgt. Craig Brown.

When the father got back into the car, four or five men came up to the side of the vehicle, and two of them opened fire, striking the father and the two teens, Brown said.

The father was shot in the left shoulder, with the bullet narrowly missing his heart, and remained hospitalized in stable condition Sunday morning. The teens were treated at the hospital and released.

Police believe the assailants were gang members who may have mistakenly believed the family was affiliated with a rival gang and took the opportunity to take revenge for a previous shooting, Brown said.

Saturday night's shooting was caught on surveillance video, but no suspects have been arrested.


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Photo: The scene of the shooting in Mar Vista. Credit: KTLA-TV