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Freeway Shooting Wounds 5 Teens

Five San Diego teen-agers were wounded, none seriously, in a shooting on the Hollywood Freeway early Sunday.

No arrests had been made late Sunday in the 3:50 a.m. incident near Universal City, which police said may have been gang-related.

One 17-year-old sustained gunshot wounds to the chest or abdomen and each of the other victims, males between ages 17 and 19, was hit at least once, although some were just grazed, Los Angeles police said. All five were treated at local hospitals and released.

The victims had eaten at a Thai restaurant in North Hollywood before the shooting and may have gotten into a dispute with their assailants there, police said.

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According to police, the five were southbound on the Hollywood Freeway in a red sports car when a white Toyota pulled alongside and an occupant opened fire. Seven to 10 shots reportedly were fired from the Toyota while the cars were traveling about 55 m.p.h.

After being shot, the victims got out of the car and attempted to flag down other vehicles, police said.

The victims said the Toyota held five men in their early to mid-20s.


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