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Reputed gang member arrested in Venice park shooting that left 2 dead, 1 wounded

June 29, 2011 |  5:59 pm

A reputed gang member has been arrested in connection with a shooting that left two students dead and a boy wounded last week at a Venice park.

Michael Anthony Mariscal, 19, who lives in Culver City, was apprehended Tuesday by detectives, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Venice Shooting

The shooting at Penmar Park, which sits in a quiet tree-lined neighborhood, sent bystanders running for cover and forced officials to lock down a gym filled with small children, according to police and a witness.

The three victims were local high school students. One of those slain attended Venice High School, and the other youth who was killed was a student at the Venice Skills Center.

The third victim, who was shot in the leg, attended Venice High.

Mariscal is described as a student in booking records and was being held in lieu of $2 million bail Wednesday.

"He is the shooter," said LAPD Capt. Jon Peters, commander of the Pacific Division, which patrols the area. "He intended to shoot these individuals.... He is a documented gang member."


Two killed, one wounded in shooting Venice Park

--Richard Winton


Photo: Detectives at last week's shooting scene. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

---Click to visit The Times' interactive Homicide Report