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Teen shot in face outside pizza parlor

August 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A teenage boy is in the hospital after being shot in the face. Police are looking for the gunman who opened fire outside a Highland Park pizza parlor Saturday night.The boy is in stable condition at County USC Medical Center. He suffered two gunshot wounds to the face, though the extent of his injuries is unknown.

The shooting happened at about 11:15 p.m. Saturday night. The boy was at Italiano's Pizza Parlor near N. Figueroa Street and Meridian Street. When the boy stepped outside, someone fired the shots.

Police say most of the people who were at the scene fled after the shots were fired, so there are few details from witnesses so far.

It's not clear if the teenager has any gang ties, or if there was any kind of altercation before the shooting happened.

Police say a red vehicle was seen leaving the area.

"Northeast detectives are handling it, and I know they are looking into the gang aspect of the crime -- if there is one," said Lt. Brian Thomas from the LAPD.

Anyone with information can call the LAPD tip line at (877) LAPD-247 (877-527-3247). You can remain anonymous when you call this number.

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