Cops Nab Gang Member in Bus Stop Shooting
He belonged to Crips, was trying to make name for himself
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2008 8:48 PM CST
Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton, left, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, talk before a news conference outside the LAC USC Medical Center Children's hospital in East Los Angeles, Thursday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Los Angeles police today arrested a gang member who they say shot five children and three adults at a city bus stop yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reports. Police say the suspect, a member of the Crips, had been trying to make a name for himself as an enforcer in recent months. He apparently was trying to shoot one target, who kept dodging between pedestrians.

One of the eight people shot, a 12-year-old girl, remains hospitalized with a chest wound. The shooting took place just blocks from a school, and many of the witnesses were students there. "It's difficult but we can't be with our children all the time," said one parent. "But every day there is violence around here."