LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A 60-year-old woman riding a bus in South Los Angeles was grazed by bullet around noon on Saturday.

Officers heard shots fired in the 5500 block of South Vermont Ave, and then saw an armed man fleeing the scene, Sgt. Thomas Bojorquez said.

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One of the shots fired penetrated a DASH bus and grazed a female passenger’s head.

The victim was hospitalized but is in stable condition.

The suspect fled the scene on foot. CBS2’s Adrianna Weingold reports a suspect is in custody.

It is unclear what circumstances led up to the shooting.

Weingold spoke to a witness who was walking near the bus on her way into work.

“I just heard ‘pow, pow, pow,'” said Monic DeAvila, “‘pow, pow, pow, pow’, a good seven or eight times. I was just getting out the car, I pushed my son back into the car and told him to stay in the car.”

Police said at least four of those bullets hit the bus. There were about 10 passengers on the bus at the time.

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That only one person was slightly hurt surprised police.

“It was basically nothing short of a miracle,” said LAPD Sgt. . Thomas Bojorquez, “because especially as crowded as the bus was and as how many people were on the sidewalk at the time. For her to only receive a graze wound to the head is bad enough, but she was extremely fortunate.”

Police believe the shooter was targeting someone on or near the bus.

DeAvila was speaking for many residents when she said enough is enough.

“It’s really sad that this is happening to innocent people, that have nothing to do with whatever rivalry or problems that are going on,” she said.

Police told Weingold the shooting was likely gang-related.


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