Crime & Justice

Southeast LA drive-by shooting injures 1, ruptures gas pipe

One person was wounded in a drive-by shooting in southeast Los Angeles and some residents were evacuated after one of the gunshots ruptured a gas pipe outside a home, police said today.

The shooting was reported around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday in an alley behind a home in the 1300 block of East 42nd Street, said Sgt. Dino Caldera of the Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Station.

"One individual was struck in the right upper thigh and taken to USC Medical Center," Caldera said. "A stray round hit a gas main to a house."

The resulting gas leak was outside the home, near the gas meter, Caldera said. Residents of the home were evacuated while other people gathered outside to see about the commotion.

Police and firefighters located the leak, turned off the gas flow, and the residents were allowed to return to their home, Caldera said.

Caldera said the shooting may have been drug-related. He urged anyone with information about the violence to call the LAPD's Newton Station at (323) 846-6547.