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Five people shot as fight escalates during wake in South Los Angeles

Five people were shot Saturday afternoon at a wake in South Los Angeles, authorities reported.

A fight broke out about 3:30 p.m. during the wake, which was held at a storefront near the intersection of West 91st Street and Western Avenue, said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Thomas Bojorquez.

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According to police, a man left the gathering, returned with a rifle and began shooting into the storefront. Some people inside the building may have returned fire, Bojorquez said.

Police suspect the motive for the shooting was gang-related because numerous gang members attended the wake, which was held for a person who died of natural causes.

Bojorquez said all five people were taken to local hospitals for non-life threatening injuries and all were in stable condition Saturday night. Police are investigating.

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