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Lawyer shot in front of TV crews
Man points gun at lawyer, who tries to hid behind a tree
The lawyer escaped serious injury
A lawyer has been wounded outside a California court in a shooting that was captured by television crews.

Gerry Curry was shot as TV crews were covering a hearing in the murder case against actor Robert Blake.

Television pictures showed Mr Curry, 53, trying to hide behind a tree as a man fired a revolver at him several times from close range.

The gunman was reported as saying: "You took my money - that's what you get."

The lawyer was able to stagger away, bleeding from the face, but later collapsed in the street.

"At first I though it was a joke because there was no smoke," said photographer Steve Grayson. "But the shots were really, really loud.

"It was very scary."

The gunman started calmly walking away from the scene, outside Van Nuys court, but an off-duty policeman wrestled him to the ground and other armed officers joined in.

The alleged gunman was named by police as William Strier, 64. He was being held on $500,000 bail.

Mr Curry was reported to be in hospital, where his condition was described as stable.

Police said he had been shot several times in the upper body but was protected from more severe injuries by the tree.

The shooting was not connected with the Robert Blake hearing, which ended a short time after the shooting on Friday.

The actor is to stand trial in February on charges of murdering his wife. Bonny Lee Bakley was shot dead in May 2001 outside a restaurant where the couple had just dined.

Blake denies the charges.

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