You don’t have to live in Echo Park anymore to be part of the gang

One of the interesting bits of information that came out of today’s news conference on the Echo Park shootings was where the gang members lived. All three victims and the alleged shooter were Echo Park gang members, police said. But the shooting suspect, Andre Upshaw, 34, lived in Pasadena. One of the victims, Carlos Gonzales, 37, was shot dead in his front yard in Highland Park. It turns out that many gang members, especially older ones, remain protective of their old turf even if they live in the suburbs (Young ones, too. One LAPD officer told The Eastsider recently that he came across several new ExP recruits who don’t live in the neighborhood)

Northeast Division Capt. Bill Murphy noted that all the victims and suspect in last Sunday’s shootings were all men in their 30s.

“Gang members get married, have kids and move away,” Murphy said after the news conference. “But they are still in the gang.”

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Bottom photo from Echo Park Flickr Group

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