ECHO PARK — A 21-year-old man was killed early this morning in a barrage of gun fire that police believe may have been gang-related.
The shooting took place at about 1:40 a.m. near the junction of Toluca, Douglas and First streets in the southern edge of Echo Park, according to Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the LAPD Rampart Division. The victim, who has been shot multiple times, was pronounced dead soon after by paramedics.
“He is believed to be a gang member, and the investigation is being handled as gang-related,” Buhrmester said in an email.”Homicide detectives were called in, along with members of the Crisis Response Team and personnel from the mayor’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) unit. Details are varied and non-specific at this juncture of the investigation, and leads are being pursued.”
This morning’s shooting took place less than a month after another fatal shooting was reported in approximately the same location. But Buhrmester said there’s no evidence yet to connect the killings.
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