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Lawyer shot outside courthouse

An attorney is stunned after being shot,  while the gunman walks away.
An attorney is stunned after being shot, while the gunman walks away.

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VAN NUYS, California (CNN) -- A 60-year-old man shot and seriously wounded an attorney Friday outside the courthouse where actor Robert Blake will stand trial for murder, Los Angeles police said.

There is no indication the shooting was related to Blake's case. (More on the Blake hearing)

The shooting happened about 10:20 a.m. PST in the presence of a number of bystanders.

Police identified the gunman as William Striler and said he pulled a revolver from his coat and fired six shots at attorney Jerry Curry, 53. The victim ducked behind a small tree to avoid being shot, but was struck multiple times in the upper body, Los Angeles Police Capt. Jim Miller said.

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The gunman calmly pocketed his weapon and walked away after the shooting. Police then took him into custody. One officer confiscated an envelope that fell from the gunman's pocket as he was tackled.

Although the gunman fired from nearly point-blank range, his bloodied victim was responsive to emergency personnel before being taken by ambulance to Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills. "His injuries are serious but do not appear to be life-threatening," Miller said.

The police spokesman said it appears that Striler was angry about a probate case, but he didn't offer details. The suspect, he said, was not talking.


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