Several police units on the ground and a helicopter in the air responded to reports of multiple shots fired tonight near Sunset Boulevard and Micheltorena Street only a few hours after residents gathered at a meeting devoted to neighborhood crime. Several residents who emailed The Eastsider reported hearing at least five gunshots shortly after 8 P.M. Officers, however, found no shell casings or received reports of injuries, said Sgt. Patricia Milewski with the Northeast Division. A woman who lives on Larissa Drive said by email:
Ilive up on Larissa just south of Sunset and heard about 5 extremely loud gunshots about 20 minutes ago. Loudest I’ve ever heard. soon after, there were policeman swarming all of Sunset and a police helicopter shining the light on the elementary school side north of sunset and the south side as well. It went on for awhile, then the police all headed up [Micheltorena] real fast.
The report of gunshots come one night after two pedestrians in Silver Lake were assaulted and robbed in separate incidents by a group of men armed with what was described as a baseball bat. Tonight, the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council held a Town Hall at a church to address concerns about crime and neighborhood safety.
* Update on Friday, Aug. 20 @ 8 A.M: Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Division said police later found the intended the victim of those shots in the 1500 block of Murray Circle. Here are the details:
The victim, a 26-year-old male who was not cooperative and was intoxicated, advised he was sitting on the stairs near Larissa Dr. drinking beer when a lone male approached him. A brief verbal exchange occurred, resulting in the suspect firing six shots from a handgun at the victim, but not hitting him. After the shooting, both ran in opposite directions. The suspect was only described as a male with dark clothing, with no physical descriptors or peculiarities. Our detectives will recontact the victim at a later time when his degree of cognizance and clarity have improved, and hopefully move the investigation forward from that point.