Man Waiting to Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Shot at Koreatown Game Stop

Victim hospitalized in stable condition; incident appears gang related, police say

By Olsen Ebright
|  Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012  |  Updated 10:56 AM PDT
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A man waiting in line to buy the new edition of Call of Duty was shot in the abdomen and police believe the shooting appears to be gang related. NBC4's Antonio Castelan reports for Today in LA on Nov. 13, 2012.

Antonio Castelan

A man waiting in line to buy the new edition of Call of Duty was shot in the abdomen and police believe the shooting appears to be gang related. NBC4's Antonio Castelan reports for Today in LA on Nov. 13, 2012.

A wheelchair-bound man waiting to buy a popular videogame was shot overnight, and now police are searching for the gunman.

The victim was in line to buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 -- a combat simulation game -- at the Game Stop store located at 3183 Wilshire Blvd. (map).

"While he was in line, he was confronted by our suspect. The suspect fired multiple shots, hitting the victim the abdomen and then the suspect fled here northbound on Shatto Place," said Lt. S. Hosea, of the LAPD's Olympic Division.

The victim was hospitalized in stable condition, Hosea said.

The shooting was first reported shortly before 1 a.m., and appears to be gang related, Hosea said.

Dozens of shoppers waiting in line witnessed the shooting.

Anyone with information about the incident was asked to contact detectives at 213-382-9102.

The latest installment in the Call of Duty franchise was expected to set a record for opening day sales. The game's last edition, Modern Warfare 3, debuted in 2011 to $400 million in sales.

The game -- famed for its realistic portrayal of combat and its online multiplayer experience -- is available for Xbox and PS3 and retails for around $60.

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