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Atwater Village shooting leaves homeless man injured

BY LUCY GUANUNA

ATWATER VILLAGE — Police continue to search for three men suspected of shooting a homeless man early this morning in Atwater Village

The shooting occurred at around 3 a.m. near the intersection of Fletcher Drive and Casitas Avenue, said Lt. Ryan Schatz with LAPD’s Northeast Division. The victim, a 21-year-old transient who lives in the L.A. River bed nearby, was on the street when he was approached by three men on foot. The suspects opened fire and struck the victim in the left shoulder.

The victim was taken to a hospital where he remains in stable condition, said Schatz. The suspects are believed to be gang members and are described to be in their 30s.

No suspects are in custody at this time, said Schatz. An investigation is underway.

Lucy Guanuna is a freelance reporter who has covered a variety of issues, including business, education and social justice movements in her native Los Angeles. Her work has been published in the Daily Sundial, L.A. Activist, and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

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