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Gore’s Motorcade Held Up

February 11, 2000

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Vice President Al Gore’s motorcade was delayed for about a half hour Thursday afternoon after three people were shot on a street near Los Angeles County USC-Medical Center, where the Democratic presidential candidate was campaigning.

Gore was promoting his health care proposal at the hospital when the shooting occurred.

According to police, three people were shot near a fast-food restaurant a few streets away from the Medical Center.

The gunfire erupted just before Gore was to leave the hospital, and neither he nor anyone else in his motorcade was ever in any danger, police said.

``It did not impact the motorcade procession for Vice President Al Gore. It did not have any major impact on his departure,″ said police Sgt. Wayne Guillary.

The victims, who were not identified, were hospitalized.

Police were investigating, but did not know if the shooting was a drive-by attack or gang-related. No one was arrested.

Guillary said the Secret Service, Los Angeles police and other officials ``just wanted to make sure all was clear″ in holding up the motorcade.

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