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Rodney King shot; wounds not life-threatening

Southern California police say 1991 police beating victim Rodney King has been shot but the wounds are not life-threatening.
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Rodney King, seen in 2002, was beaten by Los Angeles police in 1991.J. Emilio Flores / Getty Images
/ Source: The Associated Press

Rodney King, whose beating by Los Angeles police in 1991 drew international headlines, has been shot, but his wounds are not life-threatening, according to media reports.

Rialto police Sergeant Don Lewis told the Riverside Press-Enterprise that King was hit in the face and arm by shotgun pellets on a San Bernardino street corner Wednesday night. He bicycled to his home in neighboring Rialto to call police and was taken to a hospital.

Police said when they arrived at the home, King and others there appeared drunk and few were cooperative in providing information.

The shooting may have involved a domestic dispute, San Bernardino Police Lt. Scott Paterson told the San Bernardino County Sun.

King was beaten by police in 1991 and the officers' subsequent acquittal on criminal charges sparked deadly rioting in Los Angeles in 1992.