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Burbank Town Center Shooting Leaves Two Men Injured

Burbank Town Center (Photo by Benjamin Page via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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Two men were injured after a shooting outside of the Burbank Town Center mall in the early morning.According to a press release from the Burbank Police Department (.pdf), the two victims were approached by a group of 5 men after leaving a movie theater early Saturday morning and attacked for unknown reasons. In the fight, one of the victims sustained injures to his face and head while the other was shot in the lower torso. Officers were called to the scene just before 1:30 a.m. and the five suspects all fled on foot.

One of the suspects was chased by officers onto the 5 freeway and eventually taken into custody. The freeway was briefly closed as a result of the pursuit, according to KTLA, and officers recovered a handgun in the area. That suspect, 24-year old Albert Vasquez, has been booked for attempted murder.

City News Service calls the attack possibly "gang-related." The injuries sustained by both victims were not life threatening and they are both expected to survive. Anyone with information on the attack is being asked to call Burbank Police at (818) 238-3210.

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