Police kill dog, bullet wounds bicycle rider at Venice Beach

File: Venice Beach.
File: Venice Beach.
Grant Slater/KPCC

Witnesses say Los Angeles police shot and killed a dog but the bullet went through the animal and wounded a bicycle rider at Venice Beach.

Police confirm that a dog and a woman were shot shortly after 3 p.m. Friday near the famous boardwalk.

KCBS-TV says witnesses report that an argument between homeless people may have prompted a pit bull to begin acting aggressively before it was shot.

A woman told a reporter she was biking on the boardwalk when a bullet went through the dog and struck her in the leg below the knee. She was taken to a hospital but there's no word on her condition.

The station says the dog's owner remained by the side of the dead animal hours after the shooting.