5 Injured After Suspect Opens Fire at Wake in South L.A.

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Five people were injured Saturday afternoon after a suspect opened fire at a wake in South Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Officers received a call of shots fired in the 9100 block of Western Avenue around 3:30 p.m.

Several people were attending a wake when a fight broke out at the scene, according to Sgt. Thomas Bojorquez. The shooting occurred a short time afterwards, but police do not yet know if the shooter attended the wake or was a passing by, officials said.

Five people were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening gun shot wounds. Many witnesses fled the scene following the shooting and those that remained were not cooperative with police, according to Bojorquez.

The incident is being investigated as a likely gang-related shooting, Bojorquez added.

Police do not yet know what type of firearm was used or if the shooting was between members of the same gang or opposing gangs.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Los Angeles Police Department at 213-485-4164.

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