19-year-old Jose Antonio Madera was spending Friday night at his parent’s Cypress Park home with friend Christopher Rodriguez when after midnight two men walked into the home’s carport. The visitors asked where Madera and Rodriguez were from – a common gang challenge – and then opened fire, said homicide detective P.J. Morris of the Northeast Division. Madera was left dead and Rodriguez was critically injured in the gang-related shooting that took place on Saturday at about 12:45 a.m. in the 2000 block of narrow Isabel Street. Morris said police interviewed a person of interest in the case but continue searching for suspects. Rodriguez remains in a hospital in serious but stable condition.
It was in the first homicide in Cypress Park since brothers Jose and Samuel Martinez were fatally shot in the 2900 block of Division Street.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detectives L. Lenchuk or H. DiCroce at 213-847-4261. After hours calls can be made to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).