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Man wounded in officer-involved shooting in Watts, prompting LAPD tactical alert [Updated]

October 7, 2010 |  6:40 pm

A man who allegedly pointed a gun at Los Angeles police in Watts on Thursday evening was critically wounded when at least one officer fired his weapon, police said.

The shooting prompted the Los Angeles Police Department to declare a tactical alert about 5:15 p.m.

[Updated at 7:09 p.m.: The LAPD said the tactical alert has been canceled.]

More than 50 squad cars responded to the scene near the Imperial Courts housing projects at 114th and Grape streets to control a rowdy crowd, the LAPD said. The shooting involved police who were patrolling the projects.

Paramedics responded and were treating the man, police said. The extent of his injuries was unclear.

-- Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez