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Miracle Mile gunman shot victim in face, witness says

February 6, 2012 |  4:54 pm

Police have arrested a man accused of shooting another person on Wilshire Boulevard near La Brea Avenue.

The suspect was apprehended about an hour ago, according to LAPD Sgt. Anthony Vasquez. Vasquez also said officers used only nonlethal force -- beanbag rounds -- and that they do not believe the suspect fired  at police.

Local resident Lyniece Brown, 29, said she was walking a few feet behind the suspect when the shooting occurred.

She said the gunman had an altercation with another man. The suspect pulled a gun out of his waistband and shot the victim twice in the face -- once in the lower left cheek, tearing a hole through it, and once slightly higher, where the bullet could be seen lodged in his face, Brown said.

"He just kept walking after he shot the guy," Brown said, as circling helicopters thundered overhead. 

The suspect then attempted to board a bus on Wilshire at the stop outside the Oasis church on Wilshire between Orange Drive and Mansfield Avenue, when three police cars intercepted him, Brown said.

John Burroughs Middle School on Wilshire was placed on lockdown as a result of the incident, and Wilshire was closed.


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