Two Teens Shot Outside South Gate High School

Two teenagers were wounded in a shooting that prompted a lockdown at a South Gate school on Wednesday afternoon.

The shooting took place about 1:15 p.m. at the T-intersection of  Dearborn and Ardmore avenues, right outside the athletic field of South Gate High School, which was in session and went into lockdown, according to the South Gate Police Department and Los Angeles Unified School District.

Police said the victims, ages 17 and 18, are not South Gate High students. They were taken to the hospital with what emergency responders at the scene described as non-life-threatening injuries.

The teens were riding in a sedan and stopped at the stop sign when a truck pulled alongside on the right and the driver fired as many as five rounds, said South Gate Police Sgt. Ismael Ververa.

The teens' sedan spun around 180 degrees and nosed into the sidewalk curbstrip, where it came to rest.

Mechanics at the auto shop down the block heard gunfire.

"I just heard 4-5 shots, saw police, went outside, saw two guys gunned down," mechanic Sergio Cardenas said.

It was not clear what provoked the gunfire.

The shooter in the dark-colored truck made a left onto Ardmore Avenue, raced west one block, then turned right onto State Street and disappeared, police said.

Students, who were in their second week of summer session, were kept an additional 15 minutes past the usual 2:30 p.m. final bell, before the lockdown was lifted.

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