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Six At Candlelight Vigil Injured In Drive-By Shooting
Six people were injured on Wednesday night in a drive-by shooting while attending a candlelight vigil in South Los Angeles. That same day two others were injured in a separate shooting that left one 17-year-old girl on life support. This comes on the heels of a string of fatal shootings in South Los Angeles over the Labor Day weekend. Police are investigating if there are any connections between the string of shootings.
Five people were shot and another was grazed with a bullet just before 10 p.m. near the intersection of 27th Street and Stanford Avenue while they were attending a vigil for someone who had recently died in a car crash, according to KABC. All the victims were taken to the hospital. Police said that they do not believe that the people shot were gang members. They are looking for a dark-colored van and believe there may be two suspects in the shooting.
Another shooting that took place at 84th Street and Vermont Avenue at 4:50 p.m. left a 17-year-old girl on life support and a 24-year-old man injured with a shot to his stomach, according to City News Service. Police believe it was a car-to-car shooting. LAPD Sgt. Carlos Bedolla said that the girl may be brain dead. The male victim was released from the hospital today. Authorities are searching for a silver or gray small SUV that the suspect was driving.
This adds to the ongoing violence that has swept South L.A. this week. On Monday, four people were fatally shot and at least seven others injured in different shootings.
Lamont Jones, 33, and Mario King, 26, were shot and killed around 2 p.m. at the Green Forest Car Wash in the 900 block of West Florence Avenue. Just about an hour later, another person was hospitalized after being shot at West 65th Street and South Vermont Avenue, according to CBS. At 7:30 p.m., two men were shot on the 2600 block of Dalton Avenue: James Smith, 20, died at the scene and a 17-year-old was taken to the hospital and is listed in critical condition. About half an hour later, another person was injured by gunfire at South Normandie and West Manchester avenues, and was taken to a hospital. Then, a man and a woman were shot around 9 p.m. in an alley in the 3600 block of Ninth Avenue; the shooting killed 25-year-old Brittney Jene Barnett and left the man in critical condition at the hospital.
Lt. John Jenal told the Los Angeles Register that there were also other shootings that caused injuries that day, including one near Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue, one at South Normandie Avenue and West 54th Street, and another near Vermont Avenue.
Police are investigating to see if any of the shootings are connected and whether they're gang-related.
If anyone has any information on the shootings, LAPD urges you to contact them at (877) LAPD-24-7.