It is the first time since the program began in 2007 that workers have been shot.
Two young men working for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's anti-gang initiative Summer Night Lights were shot at Sun Valley Park last week during an event, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
The young men, aged 17 and 22, are both expected to recover after one was hit in the hand and another in the jaw, according to the report. A man reportedly opened fire into a crowd at the park.
Both victims are full-time, seasonal workers hired through Los Angeles' Conservation Corp. It is the first time since the Summer Night Lights program began in 2007 that workers have been shot, according to the report.
Summer Night Lights keeps the lights on until midnight in parks that have experienced violence in the past. Food is served and community activities such as athletic leagues, art initiatives and family programs keep the park occupied, the lights on, and gangs away.
See this Patch video from 2011 about the program:
•Valley Plaza Park Enjoys Summer Night Lights
The program was implemented in 2010 at Valley Plaza Park and was credited by both City Councilman Paul Krekorian and Villaraigosa with reducing violence at the park. In 2011, the program expanded from 24 to 32 parks, including Sun Valley Park, which is just a few blocks over the border from North Hollywood.