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Polling place shooting sparked by 'love triangle,' LAPD says

March 5, 2013 |  9:20 pm

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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.

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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.

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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.

Anyone with information is asked to call (877) 527-3247.

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--Andrew Blankstein (twitter.com/anblanx) and Robert J. Lopez (twitter.com/LAJourno)

Photo: Worker cleans blood from the floor at a polling station in a Watts. Credit: Christina House / For The Times

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