Security Increased at Washington Prep Following Shooting
September 22, 2008
LOS ANGELES -- Security is being increased this week at Washington Preparatory High School following a gang-related shooting that wounded a 19-year-old former football player and a 12-year-old girl, authorities said.
The two vicitms were shot multiple times around 5:45 p.m. Friday in a parking lot next to the gymnasium on the campus at Normandie Avenue and 108th Street, after a football game against University High, a sheriff's deputy said.
The 19-year-old, who is now a football player at El Camino College, was shot in his pelvis, buttocks and lower body, deputies said. At least one member of a group that confronted him may have said something about a gang before the shooting, deputies said. The girl, who may have been shot inadvertently, was wounded in her chest and leg.
Both victims were in stable condition at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. Their identities were not released.
Four suspects were arrested Saturday.
In May, a student was fatally stabbed in the same parking lot, a school district employee told The Times.
Security at the school had already been heightened for Friday's game because of rising gang tensions in the neighborhood.
Audubon Middle School, which the 12-year-old attended, was also expected to have extra security this week.