Los Angeles

After 5-Year-Old Shot in Park, LAPD and Community Partner on Peace Rally

Police and city officials led a community peace march and rally late this afternoon at the park in the Vermont Square section of South Los Angeles where a 5-year-old girl and three other people were wounded in a drive-by shooting.

"Tonight we stand with local civic leaders, community leaders, and the residents of South Los Angeles at Vermont Square Park with one message...enough is enough," Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore tweeted after the march. "We are committed to working together to stop the plague of violence that is tragically affecting this community."

The march and vigil were held to address "the violence that has plagued this area,'' according to a police statement.

Gunfire was reported about 8 p.m. Tuesday at Vermont Square Park near 47th Street and Budlong Avenue, according to Officer Drake Madison of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section.

At least 10 shots were fired, the LAPD said.

The child sustained a gunshot wound to the back.

She and the other victims were conscious and breathing when taken to a hospital, Madison said.

One victim was reported in critical condition. The girl and the two other victims were in fair condition, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

A detailed description of any suspects was not immediately available.

The suspect vehicle was described only as a dark sedan or SUV, LAPD Capt. John Shah said.

Detectives investigated the possibility the shooting was gang-related.

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