The LAPD is investigating a Tuesday afternoon shooting in the southern edge of Echo Park that left a 20-year-old man in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head. Officers opened fire on a man who they said pointed a rifle at them during the incident near Temple Street and Union Avenue at 2:10 p.m., said Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Division.
“Officers received several radio calls of a described suspect firing a rifle, either into the air or at a person or object,” Buhrmester said via email this morning. “As officers responded, they began an area search, and two officer encountered the 20-year-old male. After contacting him, he pointed the rifle at the officers, and an OIS [Officer Involved Shooting] occurred. The suspect was hit once in the head, and felled.”
No other persons were injured during the confrontation. Police are still trying to find out why the man was carrying a rifle.
The area around Temple and Union has seen several violent incidents in recent months, including an earlier officer-involved shooting that left one man dead in early September and a 16-year-old who was shot and killed in late August during what police believe was a gang-related killing.