A teenager shot in Venice this afternoon was hospitalized in unknown condition, authorities said. The victim, possibly 18, was reportedly shot in the face, LAPD spokeswoman Norma Eisenman told the Weekly.
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There are indications that the attack could be the result of an ongoing feud between Westside gangs -- the Playboy Gangster Crips of Crestview and the local Venice Shorline Crips:
Eisenman noted that the LAPD's West Los Angeles Division, which patrols Crestview, was immediately notified of the apparent drive-by.
The shooting at Vernon and Fourth avenues in the heart of Venice's Oakwood neighborhood was reported at 1 p.m., she said.
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Five to six gunshots were heard by people who called 911, Eisenman said.
Police were looking for a gold sedan with dark, tinted windows, she said.
The L.A. Fire Department responded to a report of a shooting nearby at about 1:02 p.m., said spokesman Brian Humphrey. A patient was rushed to a hospital in unknown condition, he said.
On Dec. 2 a shooting in Crestview, in the 1900 block of Corning Ave., took the life of a 7-year-old boy and wounded two adults.
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The Playboy Gangster Crips in that area off La Cienega Boulevard and the Shorline Crips, which call Oakwood home, have been bitter enemies for years.