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Shooting at L.A. bus stop leaves 8 wounded

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  • The victims range in age from 10 to 68, police say
  • Shooting happens near a middle school, but not on school grounds
  • Police believe the gunman was targeting one of the victims
  • Shooting happens in area where police are concerned about gang violence
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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- A gunman fired into a crowd of people at a Los Angeles bus stop Wednesday, wounding eight, including children, authorities said.

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Bystanders express shock after a shooting at a bus stop in Los Angeles Wednesday.

The incident took place about 3:15 p.m. at the intersection of Central and Vernon avenues, in an area of the city where police are concerned about gang violence, Lt. Ruben de la Torre of the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The shooting happened near a middle school, but not on school grounds.

The school was placed on lockdown after the incident, but parents later were allowed to pick up their children.

The shooting victims range in age from 10 to 68, police said.

Two -- a 49-year-old woman and a 12-year-old boy -- were in critical condition. Four of the victims were 14 or younger.

Police do not know the motive behind the shooting, but believe the gunman was targeting one of the victims, de la Torre said.

Authorities were searching for the gunman, described as a black male aged 20 to 25, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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