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Wednesday, August 11, 1999 Published at 04:05 GMT 05:05 UK


World: Americas

LA shootings: Press review

The incident rekindled the nightmare of earlier shootings

The mass shooting in Los Angeles is dominating newspaper coverage in the United States.

In its report on the shootings, the LA Times newspaper comments: "The scene has become disturbingly familiar: Anguished parents huddled nervously behind yellow police tape, waiting to find out whether their children are alive after a gunman's rampage."

The New York Times newspaper reports: "In the latest in a string of inexplicable shootings, a balding, white, middle-aged man walked into a Jewish community centre in the middle-class suburb of Granada Hills on Tuesday morning and shot five people, including three young boys at a day camp, then fled.

"A three-and-a-half-year-old boy who said he was just a few feet away from the shooting - his mother would only give his name as Eric - said the man had said nothing before fleeing.

"'The bad monster ran away,' said the boy, who clung to his mother and asked her if any of the wounded children had done anything wrong."

USA Today, under the headline "A parent's worst nightmare", reports how for a few brief moments, four-year-old Gabrielle Fougner's summer day camp became a nightmare.

"'I heard booming,' said Gabrielle, dressed in blue shorts and a yellow T-shirt, after she was joined by her parents at the North Valley Jewish Community Center.

"Gabrielle was inside the suburban center when a gunman sprayed the building with bullets, wounding three children, a teenager and an adult. For her parents, the news was good. She was unhurt."



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