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Much of the crime in Elysian Valley in recent months had been limited to random car break-ins and the occasional burglary. But a pair of recent shootings that left two people injured have residents worried. Last Tuesday afternoon, a man riding a bike with his young son was shot twice near Marsh Street and Mellon Avenue on the north end of the neighborhood. About three weeks earlier in the southern tip of Elysian Valley, a 29-year-old man was shot while standing in front of his home. Both shootings are believed to be gang related and both victims have been reluctant to provide information to officers, said Lt. Steven Flores with the LAPD Northeast Division. Last week’s “shooting may be related to internal issues with the Frogtown gang,” Flores said by email.
The victim in the March 15 shooting was riding his bike at about 5 p.m. when he became involved in argument with the occupants of a passing car. One of the passengers of the car, a white Toyota Camry, got out and fired at the victim, who was hit twice, Flores said. The man’s son, who some residents said is a four years old, was not injured during the shooting.
In the Feburary 23 shooting, the 29-year-old gang member was shoot at about noon near Blake Avenue and Barclay Street. “He survived but was uncooperative with investigating officers,” Flores said.