Officers descended on a South Los Angeles neighborhood Monday night after a 14-year-old girl was grazed in the neck by a bullet during an attempted robbery.
The shooting happened near 125th Street and Vermont Avenue just before 9:45 p.m. when the victim was walking down the street with two other girls and confronted by two teen boys, according to a spokesman with the Los Angeles Police Department.
"It's unlikely these individuals knew each other, it appears that these children were past close to curfew, and they just appear to be in the wrong place at the wrong time," said Sgt. Tim Jones from the LAPD.
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During the shooting, the bullet grazed the girl in the neck and became lodged in her shoulder. She was taken to Harbor UCLA Medical Center where she was listed in stable condition.
"We just heard some shooting outside and next thing you know all these cops start coming really fast," said neighbor George Mariona.
The suspected assailants between the ages of 16 and 18 managed to get away. Police said they used a small caliber handgun in their alleged attempt to rob the girl.
Kathy Vara contributed to this report.