Police have provided more information about a Sunday night shooting in Echo Park in which one man was believed to have been shot after trying to break up a fight near Sunset Boulevard and Laveta Terrace. One nearby merchant told The Eastsider that the victim ran near his shop and said he has been grazed by a bullet. But officials later determined that the victim had not been shot but was injured when he fell as he was being chased by four suspects, one of whom was firing a gun, said Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Division. Here are the details:
Regarding this incident, on May 22, 2011, at 9:30 pm, a 38-year-old male was walking by the liquor store in the area of 1516 Sunset Blvd. He interceded in an argument between a group of males, when one of the them began arguing with him. That subject then pulled a gun and he, along with three others, began chasing the victim on the sidewalk. Three to four shots were fired at the victim, who was not hit. He believed the four were gang members. They were last seen driving away east on Sunset Blvd. in a black 1990′s Lincoln Town Car.
Paramedics and fire personnel also responded, because the victim reported being hit by gunfire. As it turned out, he was injured during a fall while scrambling away from his assailant. Two shell casings were recovered by officers and booked as evidence. The investigation is being handled by our gang detectives.