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Sheriff's deputy shot by gang members, officials say

Several people were detained for questioning in the shooting of a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy Friday night in the unincorporated Florence-Firestone area.

The deputy was rushed to St. Francis Medical Center for surgery. His was in stable condition Saturday, according to the sheriff's department.

His name was not released.

Details of the shooting were not clear. But Sheriff Lee Baca told KABC-TV that gang members opened fire on the deputy, who was in uniform. Baca said the gang involved was "rather renowned for its violence.'"

Deputies set up a containment area that stretched as far as 30 blocks near the scene of the shooting, which occurred about 9:30 p.m. near 81st Street and Parmalee Avenue.

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