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2 wounded on Venice Boardwalk in suspected gang shooting

January 4, 2012 | 10:29 pm

Recent Venice crimes
Two people were wounded on the Venice Boardwalk in an apparent gang-related attack that rocked the popular destination with multiple gunshots, police said Wednesday night.

The shooting at Ocean Walk Front and Market Street occurred shortly before 6:30 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Department said. Crowds of people had flocked to the beach and boardwalk Wednesday amid unseasonable warm weather.

Four males confronted two males and asked "what gang are you from?" LAPD Officer Karen Rayner told The Times.

Multiple shots were fired, and the two victims were taken to a local hospital after being struck. They were listed in stable condition, Rayner said.

In April, the LAPD beefed up patrols along the boardwalk after a spate of violent confrontations, including a shooting during a "flash mob" gathering and the stabbing of a man in a drum circle on the sand.

The area along the boardwalk -- with its eclectic mix of tourists, street performers and bohemians -- is among the most popular visitor destinations in the Los Angeles region. Authorities have acknowledged that policing the massive and sometimes unruly crowds is a challenge.


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Graphic: Map shows recent crimes reported in Venice.

Credit: Times' Mapping L.A.