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Woman Grazed By Bullet While Riding DASH Bus

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A 60-year-old woman was grazed by a bullet while riding a DASH bus in South L.A. Saturday afternoon.

According to NBC L.A., Carmen Figureoa said the bullet "hit my head a little," and initially refused medical treatment, but decided to go to the hospital where she's in stable condition.

The L.A. Times reports that at around noon, gunshots were reported at the intersection of Slauson and Vermont avenues. LAPD Sgt. Thomas Bojorquez said that three to four rounds were fired by a gunman into the DASH bus, which was full of passengers. The bullets shattered the glass, sending it flying into the bus and onto the street.

Bojorquez told CBS L.A. that "It was basically nothing short of a miracle," that only one person was wounded, considering how "crowded the bus was and as how many people were on the sidewalk at the time. For her to only receive a graze wound to the head is bad enough, but she was extremely fortunate."

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The suspect fled the scene, but was caught and taken into custody. Police say they're unclear on what led up to the shooting, but believe it's likely to be gang-related, and possible that the shooter was targeting someone "on or near" the bus.