4 homeless people wounded in Playa del Rey shooting, LAPD says

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Four people believed to be homeless were wounded in a predawn shooting in Playa del Rey early Wednesday, Los Angeles police said.

Multiple gunshots were heard in the area of Jefferson and Lincoln boulevards, near a homeless encampment around the Ballona Wetlands, around 5:40 a.m, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release.

Before officers arrived, four male victims had been shot and transported to the hospital, the news release states. Initially, an LAPD spokesman told KTLA that responding officers found one gunshot victim at the scene, and the officers were told that three other gunshot victims had been taken to hospitals by “witnesses.”

All four victims were hospitalized and were listed in stable condition as of 5:30 p.m., LAPD said.

The victims have not been identified, and police described them only as male and “believed to be people experiencing homelessness.”

“However, the shooting does not appear to be related to this fact,” LAPD added in a statement.

It’s unclear who fired at them.

Police heard about a dark-colored sedan that was believed to be the shooter’s car, but no information was available on the vehicle’s make and model, Sgt. Darryl Jacobs told reporters at the scene.

Jacobs said it’s unknown what the motive behind the shooting was. The incident does not appear to be gang or drug related, according to LAPD.

The case remains under investigation and no further details were immediately available.

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