A gunman on a motorcycle shot and injured three men as they left The Echo nightclub in loud volley of gunfire that was heard across Echo Park early this morning. Witnesses said the gunman – who wore a black helmet, clothing and boots – was sitting on a black Harley Davidson motorcycle when he started firing a semi-automatic pistol into the crowd leaving the Sunset Boulevard nightclub at about 2:10 AM, said Wes Buhrmester with the LAPD Rampart Division. “The suspect fired 8-10 rounds from a handgun at the group, and rode away,” Buhrmester said in an email. “Witnesses advised no dispute or fight occurred inside the location prior to the incident, and we are investigating to find a link at this time between the victims and the suspect. It is also not known if the victims were targeted, or if someone else was and these three were hit unintentionally. It does not appear gang-related.”
Two of three victims – who came from different part of the city – were treated and released from hospitals. A third man with a gunshot wound in the torso remains hospitalized, Buhrmester said.
* Update: The suspect is described as a stocky White or Latino male standing 5′-8″ to 5′-11″ tall and weighing between 200 to 230 pounds, according to preliminary reports. Rampart Division detective Rick Ramos provided a few more details about the case late this afternoon.