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LAPD seeks suspects in Venice Boardwalk gang shooting [Updated]

January 5, 2012 |  6:41 pm

Venice Boardwalk shooting
Los Angeles police Thursday were looking for four suspects involved in a gang shooting at the popular Venice Boardwalk that left two people injured.

The shooting broke out Wednesday about 6:30 p.m. near Ocean Front Walk and Market Street, not far from a Los Angeles Police Department substation.

The four attackers were members of a Crips set, who confronted two 18th Street gang members, the LAPD said. Shots rang out, leaving the two males lying wounded on the boardwalk as onlookers watched or called 911.

One woman used her shirt to apply pressure to the wound of one of the men, police said. They were taken to a nearby hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.

The area along the boardwalk -- with its eclectic mix of tourists and street performers and others -- is one of the most popular visitor destinations in the Los Angeles region. Authorities have acknowledged that policing the massive and sometimes unruly crowds is a challenge.

Over the years, authorities have repeatedly tried to tackle periodic outbreaks of violence in the area.

In April, the LAPD beefed up patrols along Venice Beach after several violent confrontations, including a shooting during a "flash mob" gathering and the stabbing of a man in a drum circle on the sand. Police patrols had been increased Wednesday because of the warm weather that attracted crowds to the area.

Anyone with information about Wednesday's shooting is asked to call (877) LAPD 24 7 (877) 527-3247.

For information regarding crimes reported in Venice, see the Times' Mapping L.A. database.


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Photo: Firefighters provide medical assistance Wednesday to shooting victim. Credit: Venice311