The Los Angeles Police Department has no leads on the suspect involved in last week’s alleged gang-related shooting at the Bellevue Recreation Center in Silver Lake that could have been a one-off incident or the beginning of a violent feud.
LAPD said the victim was uncooperative and did not want to speak with police officers investigating the shooting that took place on the evening of Tuesday, August 6. The victim, described as a male in his 20s, was wounded in the back and hand, according to City News and Patch.
“It’s difficult to do our job when they don’t want to help,” Rampart Division gang Detective Gil Alonso said.
Investigators suspect the attack involved a member of B.U.D.’s, a relatively new “tagging crew” active in the southern portion of Silver Lake. The group, also known as the Bellevue Dukes or Blaze Up Daily, has been spoken of in police ranks for the past two to three years and are known to have problems with the La Mirada gang.
Officer J. Campbell, who refused to give his first name, said B.U.D.’s are a small gang of about five “depending on who’s out [of jail].”
The area around the recreation center is not known for criminal activity, according to Alonso and Campbell. The detective said police find evidence of a gang presence in the area in the form of vandalism, empty beer bottles, dead spray cans and the occasional graffiti notebook.
The Rampart station Senior Lead Officer for the Silver Lake neighborhood did not return calls for comment. The Department of Recreation and Parks did not have any new information on the situation and did not return inquiries as to whether the LAPD had bolstered security in the park.