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Young girl wounded by shots fired into South L.A. home

February 18, 2009 | 11:10 am

Gunshots fired into a South Los Angeles home hit a 7-year-old girl inside, police said. (Police reports on her age have changed, with officials saying previously that the girl is 6.) She was the second child in recent weeks to be wounded this way in a neighborhood south of downtown L.A.

Tuesday's attack occurred about 7:30 p.m. in the 300 block of 47th Street, said LAPD Officer Jason Lee. Two Latino men drove up to the home in a light-colored van with paper plates, the passenger stepped out of the vehicle, walked up to the house and started shooting, said Officer April Harding of the LAPD. The gunman, who was wearing a white hoodie sweatshirt, jumped back into the vehicle and the pair drove off.

The girl, who was with her grandparents when the shooting occurred, was hit once in the chest and once in the arm, Lee said. She was in serious but stable condition today at a local hospital. The shooting may be gang-related, but investigators are considering all possibilities, Lee said.

On Jan. 31, a 6-year-old girl was shot in the back when a dozen rounds were sprayed at her grandfather's home on East 22nd Street. The girl was hospitalized in stable condition. Updated details on her condition and the investigation were not immediately available.

-- Alexandra Zavis