Gunman Shoots 8 at LA Bus Stop

5 kids hit as thug sprays crowd with semiautomatic
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Feb 28, 2008 7:32 AM CST
Parents and others stream through a gate as Los Angeles School Police officers admit them in groups of 25 at George Washington Carver Middle School in South Los Angeles after a shooting a block away caused...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Five children and three adults were wounded yesterday when a gunman opened fire on a crowded South Los Angeles bus stop minutes after classes ended at a nearby middle school. The school was locked down as police hunted for the shooter, who fired some 15 rounds into the crowd with a semiautomatic gun. Investigators were still hunting for him last night. It was unclear what triggered the violence.

The most seriously injured was a 12-year-old girl shot in the chest. She was expected to survive, reports the Los Angeles Times. When the shooting erupted "everyone just dropped," said one witness. A passenger who had just exited a bus said one of the victims fell into her arms. "It was a little girl," she said. "I had her in my arms until the paramedics came."