ECHO PARK — An LAPD SWAT Team was finishing up an operation this morning in Echo Park near Echo Park Avenue and Baxter Street. Sgt. Phillips at the LAPD Northeast Division said she had no further details at this time.
* Update @ 7:30 a.m.: Officers were seen at several homes on Echo Park Avenue across from Elysian Heights Elementary and at the former Baxter Street residence of Eric Zamarripa, the Echo Park gang leader who was fatally shot in front of the home in 2009 by a man working for the Mexican Mafia. An LAPD spokeswoman could not provide more details but said the officers had been at the scene for several hours.