POMONA -- Two women are recovering after being wounded in separate attacks on Thursday night, police officials said.

Continuing several weeks of violence in the city, one woman was shot in the leg and the second was stabbed three times in the arm, Pomona police Lt. Ron McDonald said.

Shortly after 9 p.m., officers were called out to the 700 block of South White Avenue for a report that a woman had been struck by gunfire, possibly as a result of a drive-by shooting, according to reports from police and a resident.

"The victim is a 56-year-old woman who was struck while standing in a driveway," McDonald said.

McDonald said it appears the woman was hit once in the leg.

The shooting took place across the street from Lopez Elementary School and a block from Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.

Paramedics transported the woman to a local hospital where she is expected to recover from the non-life threatening injuries.

The incident was the second shooting of a female in less than a week in Pomona.

A 17-year-old girl walked into Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center on March 29 suffering from a gunshot wound to the arm. Authorities contend the girl's injuries may be related to a shooting at Mission Boulevard and San Antonio Avenue, however the girl would not cooperate with investigators, police officials said.

A teenager who lives near the Thursday night shooting on White Avenue said he heard several gunshots, maybe four, outside his home and then heard a woman crying and yelling. He did not wish to be identified.

Less than three hours later, officers learned a woman had been stabbed three times in the arm at the Lemon Tree Motel on Gillette Road just north of the 10 Freeway, McDonald said.

A man was arrested in the stabbing case but his name was not immediately available Friday, McDonald said.

Thursday's stabbing and shooting were the first reported violent incidents in April.

March proved to be a deadly month in Pomona as four young men were shot and killed in less than a week, two people were slayed in officer-involved shootings and at least seven people were wounded by gun violence.

Pomona police said they do not believe a gang war has erupted on city streets, but residents see things differently.

Residents who live near Hamilton Avenue and Ninth Street, the area where 24-year-old Kelly Jacinto-Burian of Los Angeles was gunned down during a visit with family members, say there have definitely been racial and gang tensions in the neighborhood. The shooting was less than a mile from Thursday's shooting.

"You hear gunshots at night and I don't even go outside to check anymore," said one area resident. "It gets pretty bad here, especially at night. "

No arrests have been made in any of the four fatal shootings that took place in March.

Police say none of the fatal shootings are connected but they were not random acts of violence.

Anyone with information on any of the cases can call the Police Department at 909-620-2095.


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