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Reputed gang members in custody after shots fired at officers

January 31, 2012 |  7:49 pm

Recent crimes reported in Wilmington

Two reputed gang members suspected of shooting at detectives in Wilmington were taken into custody, police said Tuesday night.

Officers were searching for third man Tuesday night in connection with gunshots that were fired at Los Angeles Police Department detectives who were searching for an attempted murder suspect shortly after 4 p.m., Cmdr. Andrew Smith said.

About half a dozen shots were fired at the Harbor Division detectives, but they were not hit and did not return fire, the LAPD said. Police saturated the area and set up a perimeter Tuesday afternoon as they looked for the attackers.  Smith said police knew the identity of the third suspect.

About 50 residents were waiting Tuesday night to get into their homes after police had shut down an area that included West G Street near Neptune Avenue and West Anaheim Street, police said.

The LAPD has beefed up patrols in the wake of recent violence in the area. In the last several days, three people have been killed in separate incidents in Wilmington. The most recent was late Monday, when two people were gunned down and a third person was wounded.

The victims were hit after multiple gunshots were fired near East Mauretania Street and Watson Avenue, not far from a junkyard, the LAPD said.

For information on recent Wilmington crimes, see The Times' Mapping L.A. database.

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Map shows recent crimes reported in Wilmington. Credit: Times' Mapping L.A.
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