A pair of separate shootings early this morning left one man dead and a second critically injured in Cypress Park while a man was shot in the back * in Echo Park as he was being chased down Sunset Boulevard by a group of attackers.
The Cypress Park killing took place in the 2000 block of Isabel Street at about 1 a.m, said LAPD spokeswoman Norma Eisenman. A 19-year-old male Latino was found dead at the scene after being shot in the back in what police say might be a gang-related shooting. A second male victim was also shot and was in critical condition, she said. Two suspects were seen running down Isabel Street to Bank Street, she said.
In a separate shooting about 30 minutes earlier in Echo Park, a man was left in critical condition after he was shot in the back in Echo Park while being chased down Sunset Boulevard by three suspects, police said. The man collapsed near Sunset Boulevard and Logan Street at about 12: 30 a.m., said Sgt. Michael Mabie with the Rampart Division.
The man was running west bound when he was shot from behind, with the bullet entering his back and exiting out his chest, Mabie said. The man is not believed to be a gang member, said Mabie based on preliminary information.
* Update on Echo Park shooting: The Echo Park victim who had been described in critical condition died later from his injury, police reported late Saturday night.
* Update on Cypress Park shooting: The Cypress Park murder victim has been identified as Jose Antonio Madera, said LAPD spokeswoman Sara Faden. The other 19 years old man who was shot is expected to live. Anyone with information about the shooting should call Northeast Division homicide detectives at 213-847-4261.
- LAPD releases witness account of fatal Echo Park shooting. The Eastsider