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Wednesday, August 11, 1999 Published at 10:48 GMT 11:48 UK

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Picture gallery: Day centre shootings

A huge police hunt is under way in the United States following a mass shooting at a Jewish day care centre in Los Angeles. At least five people, including three children, were wounded.

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Heavily armed SWAT teams have been deployed to track down the gunman.

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Police surrounded a hotel in the Chatsworth district of Los Angeles, but a search revealed the suspect was not inside.

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Children were led to safety by police shortly after the attacker sprayed the lobby of North Valley Jewish Community Centre with gunfire.

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With the gunman still at large, police attempt to keep frantic parents back from the scene of the shootings.

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A 16-year-old female victim is taken to hospital.

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Many were faced with an agonising wait to hear if friends and relatives were safe.

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Relieved parents were reunited with their children.

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Some youngsters were unaware of the drama going on around them.

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