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5th-Grade Teacher Wounded by Stray Bullet at L.A. School

A Los Angeles elementary school teacher remained in critical condition last week after he was struck in the head by a stray bullet as he sat in front of his 5th-grade students.

Alfredo Perez, 30, was sitting in the library of the Figueroa Street Elementary School in southeast Los Angeles on Feb. 22 when he was shot. None of his 23 students was harmed by the gunfire outside the building, which police said stemmed from a dispute between members of rival gangs.

Two men turned themselves in to police the day after the shooting. Frazier J. Francis, 18, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with great bodily injury.

The second man was later released because police said there was not enough evidence to hold him.

The school district sent crisis-intervention counselors to the school last week.

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