An Silver Lake restaurant worker who was dropping off fellow employees was left in critical condition today after being shot in the head early this morning while driving on Silver Lake Boulevard near Scott Place. Lt. Rick Stabile at the Northeast Division said the victim is on life support. “We are waiting to see if he will survive or not.” Two other passengers in the truck were not injured, he said. Police said there is no indication that this was a gang-related shooting, and ABC7 reports the incident may have been a case of road rage.
Detectives are still sorting through various accounts of the shooting and suspects. However, KTLA reported that the shots were fired from a green Honda that drove south on the Silver Lake Boulevard following the shooting.
The victim has been identified as Juan David Vasquez Loma, 25, who worked as a busboy and waiter at El Chavo restaurant in addition to holding a second job at nearby Garage Pizza. El Chavo general manager Christian Lopez said Loma was dropping off fellow employees when he was shot.
“All he does is work,” said Lopez. ” He sends money to his mom. He was planning to go back to Mexico.”
“He is a hard worker, and a bright young man, definitely not gang affiliated,” said El Chavo owner Melanie Tusquellas. “All of us at El Chavo are shocked and saddened by this tragedy.”
Sgt. Wayne Guillary with the Northeast Division said the suspects were still outstanding tonight and he was not aware of any change in the victim’s condition.
* A previous version of this story identified the victim as Juan David Loma based on early reports. Police said the victim’s full name is Juan David Vasquez Loma. Anyone with information on the case can call Northeast homicide detectives at (213) 847-4261.