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Gardena man allegedly shoots teen for taking shortcut through his yard

December 2, 2009 |  9:53 am

Frustrated that kids were using his property as a shortcut, a Gardena resident shot a teenager in his driveway, police said.The teenager survived and the property owner was arrested.

Eiji Takara, 36, called 911 shortly after 10 p.m. Monday to report that he had shot an “intruder” at his home in the 18000 block of Curt Place, said Lt. Steve Prendergast of the Gardena Police Department.

Officers found a 17-year-old boy who had been shot once in the upper torso in Takara's driveway, Prendergast said. The boy was treated and released from a hospital.

Takara’s home is on a cul de sac and shares a wall with the Gardena Valley Assembly church and the Gardena Valley Christian School on 182nd Street. Gardena High School is also nearby.

Takara had previously complained to authorities that neighborhood teens were cutting through his property by jumping over the wall, Prendergast said. He apparently caught the 17-year-old on the wall Monday night.

“The victim was asked to come off the wall and was on the driveway when he was shot,” Prendergast said. Takara was taken into custody on suspicion of attempted murder and was being held at the Gardena Police Department in lieu of $1 million bail.

He was expected to appear for an arraignment hearing today in Torrance. Investigators asked that anyone with information call the Gardena Police Department at (310) 217-9607 or (310) 217-9670 and refer to case #09-7773.

-- Alexandra Zavis

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