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Woman Grazed by Bullet While Riding Bus in South LA

A woman was riding a DASH bus when she was grazed by a bullet, authorities said.

A 60-year-old woman riding a bus in South Los Angeles was grazed by a bullet fired by an armed man who's currently on the run, police said Saturday.

Carmen Figueroa said the bullet grazed her head but she was OK.

"It hit my head a little," she said, her right hand against her head as she was wheeled into an ambulance by the Los Angeles Fire Department.

At first she refused medical treatment but then decided to go to the hospital.

Figueroa said the bus was full of passengers when she heard gunfire.

Investigators believe a driver and a gunman were involved, said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Thomas Bojorquez.

Police recovered a car and a weapon.

The shooting happened around noon when officers heard shots fired in the 5500 block of South Vermont Avenue and saw an armed man getting away.

It's unclear what the man was shooting at, but one of the shots he fired penetrated a DASH bus and grazed the female Figueroa's head, Bojorquez said.

"We don't believe she was the intended target," he said. "We believe the bus was full of additional passengers but because nature of the incident many of the passengers fled."

The unidentified gunman got into a car after the shooting, got back out and ran away, he added.

He was arrested around 4 p.m., according to Sgt. S. Balkman.

The suspect was on the roof of a home and was offered a ladder by police to come down and surrender, he said.

The shooting incident might have been gang-related, Bojorquez said.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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