Shots fired reported near Echo Park Lake*

LAPD police helicopter over Echo Park.LAPD units were checking reports of shots fired near Echo Park Lake tonight.  Officers on the ground and a helicopter overhead were on the scene to determine if a shooting had taken place. “It’s still not clear what the outcome is,” said an officer at the Rampart Division station.

One resident who lives on the bluff west of the lake near Belmont Avenue and Clinton Street said he heard at least five shots at about 7 p.m. “Don’t know if anyone was hit. Someone coming home thought they saw someone running away down the street.”

*Update @ 9:48 p.m.: Rampart Division watch commander said no one had been found injured.


  1. yea I live near Laguna and Echo Park Ave. Sounded like 12-15 shots.
    First was 2-3 shots, then alot to follow after. It sounded close enough I hit the ground in my house.

  2. I try to walk my dogs as soon as I get home. I have been walking around the lake at 6 pm – right when twilight sets in, thinking it’s safe enough. I left the lake around 6:30 and it was really quiet. Do I need to rethink this? I’ve been doing it for years.

  3. I also heard the shots about 7pm, though I only heard about 7 or 8 of them. I was on the Northeast side of the park at the time. I’m so glad to hear that nobody was hurt—I was very concerned that this might have been a retaliation from the death of the 13 year old boy the other night. Kiz, i think you always have to be on the lookout in Echo Park. Don’t be fooled by the influx of hipsters—there’s still bad stuff happening, but if you’re always cautious you’re OK.

  4. Good morning, sorry for the delay in response, but here are the details regarding this incident. On February 23, 2011, at about 6:50 pm, seven calls were received regarding five to seven shots fired in the area of Echo Park. Officers responded and checked the area and found no injured persons or damaged property. The investigation revealed a male was standing under a streetlight at Belmont St. & Clinton St. and fired numerous rounds from a pistol in the direction of the park. No gang challenges or such were heard, and the motive for him firing the gun are not known.

    A medical alert was issued to area hospitals to be on the lookout for gunshot victims, but none turned up. Casings were found and booked into evidence. These casings are identified by our Scientific Investigation Division by distinctive marks upon their base caused by firing, and that information is entered into a database.

    As for the safety of the neighborhood, unfortunately this type of nonsense occurs frequently in many communities. For a while, I lived in Pasadena, and I would run after work, around midnight. On three occasions, I observed people firing guns either in the air or down the street, both in residential neighborhoods and commercial streets. Senseless, but it does happen.

    (213) 484-3400

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