By Gary Walker

A man was shot twice in the torso by an assailant with a handgun on Thursday afternoon in the Oakwood neighborhood of Venice, according to Los Angeles police.
The shooting occurred near the intersection of Fifth and Indiana avenues at approximately 1 p.m., Sgt. Juan Pereida of the LAPD’s Pacific Division said.
Although Pereida said the victim was shot in the torso, other sources have reported the victim may have also been shot in the face.
The victim is a black man who is 18 to 20 years old and a Venice resident, Pereida said. He was taken to a local hospital in stable condition.
Pacific Division Capt. Brian Johnson said that although the division’s gang unit is leading the investigation, the victim has no apparent ties to a gang.
“We’re still looking for leads at this time,” Pereida said. “We would appreciate any leads from the public.”
Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call (310) 482-6334.