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Four people wounded in Los Angeles Skid Row shooting, female suspect at large

by Reuters
Thursday, 22 August 2019 21:09 GMT

LOS ANGELES, Aug 22 (Reuters) - An armed woman opened fire in the Skid Row section of downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, wounding four people and triggering a hunt for the suspect, police said.

The shooting occurred shortly after noon, but Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman officer Rosario Cervantes said circumstances surrounding the gun violence were not immediately known.

She said two of the four victims were female, and that none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

Skid Row, an area occupying roughly 50 square blocks in downtown Los Angeles, has one of the highest concentrations of homeless people in the United States. It was not immediately known whether anyone involved in the shooting was homeless, Cervantes said.

Aerial video from a local television station KTLA-TV showed police patrol cars stopped next to a tent outside San Julian Park in downtown Los Angeles.

Paramedics were seen transporting one person onto an ambulance and treating another person who was sitting on a bench inside the park. Large sections of the streets were blocked off with police tape, video showed.

What appeared to be bullet casings were left on the ground, labeled by numbered police evidence markers. A pile of clothing was also laying on the ground at the crime scene, video showed. (Reporting by Steve Gorman and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Editing by Tom Brown)

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