Polling place shooting sparked by 'love triangle,' LAPD says
Los Angeles police on Tuesday night were still seeking a gunman suspected of opening fire in an attack at a polling place that left a worker wounded.
Authorities told The Times on Tuesday night that they had identified a suspect and were confident that he would be arrested. They described the shooting as a "love triangle" turned violent.
The shooting at 92nd Street Elementary School in Watts followed an argument Tuesday morning outside the campus auditorium, where the polling place was located, police said.
The shooter fled the scene and the wounded 35-year-old poll worker ran inside the auditorium. The victim was taken to a local hospital and treated for what police described as wounds that were not life-threatening.
The violence forced authorities to lock the school down briefly and close the polling place for about 30 minutes, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Officials brought a mobile polling place to the scene. Inside the auditorium, a worker in a white suit with a mask and gloves cleaned blood from the floor. A woman was questioned by investigators, but it was unclear what role, if any, she might have had in the shooting.
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Photo: Worker cleans blood from the floor at a polling station in a Watts. Credit: Christina House / For The Times