Teen shot in back by stray bullet while riding public bus in South Los Angeles



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LOS ANGELES — A 17-year-old boy was recovering Saturday after being shot by a stray bullet while riding a public bus in South Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Sara Faden said three men approached a woman in a car at an intersection and made threatening remarks.

The woman drove off and the suspects fired multiple rounds at her car. She was not struck by the gunfire but investigators said a teenage boy seated in the back of a Metro bus was hit in the back and taken to a nearby hospital.

Reginald Thimes, a high school senior, told KNBC-TV (http://bit.ly/1zVsA8y ) he was taking the bus home after winning a championship basketball game. He said he was riding in the back of the bus, which had taken a detour, when he was struck above his left rib by the stray bullet.

He managed to walk off the bus before being taken by ambulance to a hospital. The bullet remained lodged in his body.

"It could've hit me in my spine, head," Thimes said.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

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