Elderly Man Seriously Injured After Suspect in White Maserati Opens Fire

A 77-year-old man was seriously injured Wednesday night when someone in a white Maserati opened fire on him in a parking lot at the Van Ness Recreation Center in the Hyde Park section of South Los Angeles, police said.

The shooting occurred about 8:20 p.m. at the park near the 5700 block of Second Avenue, near Slauson Avenue, according to Lt. Mark Green of the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Street Station.

Teens were playing outside and inside the rec center during the time of the shooting. Rose Temple, who lives across the street from the shooting scene, quickly dove under her table when she heard "a bunch of shots" and multiple "pows."

The shooter may have fired at least a dozen rounds.

The man was struck once in the chest and once in the right arm and was taken to a hospital, Green said.

Green said he was in critical but stable condition Thursday morning. He was out of surgery late Wednesday night.

The two-door Maserati was only described as white with tinted windows and black rims.

Because of gang activity in the area, the shooting was being investigated as possibly gang-related, Green said.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story stated the victim was in his 80's.

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