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Police seek information in two gang-related shootings

December 29, 2011 |  1:11 pm

Police are looking for information that can help identify two suspects involved in a pair of gang-related shootings this week.

The first incident took place at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday in South L.A. on 53rd Street just west of Normandie Avenue, according to a police report.  A late '90s brown Buick drove past a 17-year-old boy who was standing on the street. The driver stopped and someone exited from the back seat. The suspect put a handgun to the back of the victim's head. The victim moved slightly and the suspect fired one shot, causing the round to enter the back of the victim's neck. The suspect fled in the Buick heading westbound on 53rd Street.

The victim is in critical condition.

The armed suspect was wearing a dark gray or black sweatshirt with white lettering and black pants.

The second shooting occurred at 12:40 p.m. in the 6000 block of South Vermont Avenue, just 1.5 miles away from the first incident.  A 14-year-old boy was also shot at close range in front of Bottoms Up Liquor.  A woman approached the boy and fired several rounds, striking him in the back and face. The suspect ran northbound to a four-door white Honda and fled eastbound on 64th Street.

The boy is in critical condition.

Witnesses described the female suspect as in her 20s, wearing a multicolored shirt with horizontal pink stripes.

People with any information are asked to call Det. Villalobos or Det. Mendoza of the 77th area gang investigation team at (323) 789-4845.


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