Confronting taggers is a deadly business in L.A. There are countless stories of people getting shot and killed. So we would strongly recommend that you not try this at home.

While taggers used to be pee-wees just trying to get their names “up,” seems like more and more that they're hardened gangsters.

In our latest tale a teenager survived after he stepped up to a guy who appeared to giving the aerosol treatment to an apartment building in North Hills last month. The LAPD issued an update today after it obtained grainy security video (after the jump) of the shooter in action. Cops say it went down …

… June 18 after 8 p.m. — nearly in broad daylight (check the video), with people and cars passing by. The 18-year-old victim walked out of the complex, confronted the tagger, and was shot by what appears to be an accomplice.

This was at a building in the 8400 block of Langdon Avenue in North Hills. Police say the young man took cover behind a planter as the pair took off in a pickup, possibly driven by a third accomplice.

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The teen, who was not identified, was hospitalized in critical condition but was later updated to “stable.”

Detectives want you to take a look at the video and call them (818-838-9932) if you might know who they are.


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