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Actress' Companion Shot In Hollywood

10/18/2008 1:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Bonnie SomervilleA good friend of Bonnie Somerville was shot in the back at a Hollywood party last night.

Somerville (the girl who played Ross' GF Mona on "Friends") was leaving a T-Mobile party on Sunset Blvd. just after 2 AM with her friend when, according to our law enforcement sources, "a man came out of nowhere from behind with a gun."

We're told the gunman demanded her purse, she began to scream, a struggle ensued and the suspect shot Somerville's friend in the back.

The picture you see of Bonnie was taken at the event, just hours before the shooting.

We don't know his condition. The suspect, a black male who appeared to be in his teens, is still on the loose.

UPDATE: TMZ has spoken with the man who called 911. He says Somerville told cops after her friend was shot the suspect said, "Bitch, gimme your purse or you'll get shot too."

Somerville gave up her purse. Somerville told cops the suspect escaped in a vehicle with several other men. She thought the weapon was a BB gun, but a nearby valet said it was a .22. The witness told us the friend was shot in his lower right back.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ it was a "small caliber bullet" and that the victim was "alert and awake" and taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood.

We're told the victim's name is Walter Stewart and he is now in stable condition.


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31.

Caroline    

TMZ, how many times are you going to change the title of this post? It went from Boyfriend to Friend to Companion... WHAT'S NEXT?

2104 days ago
32.

Butterfly    

My God, how dumb is this woman? I know what a shock it must be to have someone come out of the shadows and demand a purse or wallet. For goodness sake, isn't it better to give in rather than take a chance of being shot, or worse, killed? There have been many, many thousands of cases like this , but, we still go around confident it will never happen to us. It does. It has come to the point, in some cities, where you cannot enjoy your front yard because some idiots will drive by and start shooting at random, killing innocent adults and innocent children, How do I know? As a sample, just ask anyone living in a very large popular city, in a very large popular east coast state. You will have your answer.

2103 days ago
33.

Butterfly    

My God, how dumb is this woman? I know what a shock it must be to have someone come out of the shadows and demand a purse or wallet. For goodness sake, isn't it better to give in rather than take a chance of being shot, or worse, killed? There have been many, many thousands of cases like this , but, we still go around confident it will never happen to us. It does. It has come to the point, in some cities, where you cannot enjoy your front yard because some idiots will drive by and start shooting at random, killing innocent adults and innocent children, How do I know? As a sample, just ask anyone living in a very large popular city, in a very large popular east coast state. You will have your answer.

2103 days ago
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R.Zimmerman    

Oh, wonderful, while a car full of young black males (which WOULD stand out in West Hollywood--sorry) are openly engaged in violent felonies where are the Sheriffs?? Busting people for drinking in parked cars? Waiting for the first doughnuts of the morning to be baked? Thanks for your vigilence, officers.

2102 days ago
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