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Two men shot after early morning argument on skid row

June 3, 2012 |  9:07 am

Los Angeles police are continuing to investigate a shooting on skid row that sent two homeless men to a hospital early Sunday morning.

The shooting occurred just after 2 a.m. when a fight broke out among a group of about six people in the 600 block of Maple Street, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. One of the victims was shot in the leg; the other in the chest.

Paramedics took both victims to a hospital, where the man shot in the leg was listed in stable condition Sunday morning, police said. The man shot in the chest underwent surgery and was in critical condition.

Lt. Paul Vernon of LAPD's Central Station said witnesses and the victims were not cooperating with investigators, who have not determined what started the argument or prompted the shooting. A man with the group "just opened fire," Vernon said.

The suspect is described as a man about 6 feet tall with a medium build who was wearing dark clothing.

"We're encouraging anyone with information to come forward and tell us what happened," Vernon said in a statement. "One of the best ways for the residents of skid row to protect themselves is to turn over any information about anyone with a gun."

LAPD asks anyone with information about the incident to call detectives at (213) 972-1203. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477 or by texting 274637.


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