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Surgeon Races to Save a Life in L.A.'s Shooting Season

Inside an operating room at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center during L.A.'s "shooting season":

"The season of shootings has begun on time. Last year, from July through September, this Torrance hospital treated 107 gunshot victims, the highest number in the county.

"This year, four GSWs — medical shorthand for gunshot wounds — arrived on the first day of summer. One was a suicide and three were assaults. Three died and one would probably be discharged in a few days.

"Now, on June 23, two more have come in, both teenagers, both assaults. They walked through the front door at 2:25 a.m., no EMTs, no police. The hospital staff calls it the homeboy ambulance service: patients brought in with injuries often from gang shootings."
PUBLISHED: Aug. 18, 2013
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2119 words)