LOCAL : Gunman Scales Manual Arts Fence and Wounds Student

From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports

A gunman scaled the fence at Manual Arts High School in South Los Angeles this morning and opened fire, wounding a 19-year-old student, police said.

The shooting took place at 10:30 a.m. on the school’s athletic field while students were on a class break.

Investigators said the unidentified man climbed the fence around the field, confronted the 12th-grader and asked whether he was a member of a certain street gang. When the youth replied that he was, the gunman fired, striking the student in the hip. The student was taken to County-USC Medical Center.

The gunman, described as about 17 years old, escaped over a fence and ran. School district spokesman Shel Erlich said it was not immediately known whether he was a student.


Erlich said that all students were back in class within an hour after the incident but that extra school security officers would patrol the school for the rest of the day.