Police talk to residents after blocking off Echo Park Avenue near shooting scene.
A man was shot in the torso as he walked down an Echo Park sidewalk this morning in the neighborhood’s second shooting with injuries in less than 24 hours. Police had closed off Echo Park Avenue at Baxter Street near the scene of this morning’s shooting, which took place shortly after 11 a.m. The man was walking past homes on Echo Park Avenue south of Baxter Street when gunfire erupted from a passing vehicle, said Sgt. Edward Perez with the Northeast Division. It’s not clear whether the shooting is gang related or if it is connected to Saturday’s night’s shooting that left one man injured near Berkeley Avenue and Mohawk Street, Perez said. The victim, described as a man in his 40s, was being treated for his injuries at L.A. County USC-Medical Center. Perez said he did not know how many times the man had been shot but the injuries appeared to be serious.
* Update a@ 3 p.m.: The victim is in stable condition as of this afternoon, said Sgt. Legaspi with the Northeast Division. The shooting appears to be gang related but no further details were available. One person near the crime scene said about three shots were fired.
Several shootings have taken place in recent years near Echo Park and Baxter, where a cluster of of long-time Echo Park gang members live. In February 2009, gang leader Eric Zamarippa was fatally shot outside his Baxter Street home and another man was injured in incidents that took place near today’s shooting.
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