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Gunman Armed With Rifle Opens Fire at Officers in South L.A.; LAPD Investigating

People gather at a South Los Angeles park, looking toward where a man opened fire at police on June 15, 2017. (Credit: Leila Miller / Los Angeles Times)

A man armed with a rifle fired several rounds toward Los Angeles police officers Thursday night near a park in South Los Angeles, and police returned fire at the gunman.

It’s unclear if the shooter was struck by police gunshots. He fled the area, prompting a massive search that was expected to continue late into the night.

Officers in the area reported they were fired upon about 7 p.m. at San Pedro and 49th streets, on the western edge of the South Park Recreation Center, said Officer Tony Im, an LAPD spokesman.

Authorities did not know how many officers returned fire.

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