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Updated at 9:41 p.m. on April 16, 2015

One person was killed and four others were wounded Thursday as gunfire erupted in the Palms section of Los Angeles, prompting two schools to go on lockdown and police to go on tactical alert.

The gunfire was first reported just before 3 p.m. when two people were shot at Woodbine Park at the intersection of Woodbine Street and Vinton Avenue, said Officer Jack Richter of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section.

One of those victims was pronounced dead at the scene, Richter said, and images showed a covered body in the street at the intersection of Woodbine and Vinton. The other victim was taken to hospital but an update on that person’s condition was not available.

Moments later, another person was shot at the intersection of Motor and Vinton avenues. That victim was in critical condition when taken to a hospital, Richter said.

Two other people were then shot at the intersection of Overland and National boulevards and both were taken to a hospital, but their conditions were not available, Richter said.

According to news reports, the third location was outside a 7-Eleven store in a small shopping center

Palms Middle School at 10860 Woodbine St. and Palms Elementary School at 3520 Motor Ave. were placed on precautionary temporary lockdown due to the shooting, according to Los Angeles school police.

Police went on tactical alert about 3:30 p.m. to allow for deployment of resources as needed. The alert was canceled about 7 p.m., police said.

Investigators were looking for a male suspect who was driving a white or silver SUV, Richter said.

It’s unclear what prompted the gunfire or if it was believed to be gang- related.

City News Service

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