HIGHLAND PARK — Police are closing off streets near Avenue 53 and Longfellow Street tonight after officers spotted a man believed to be carrying a gun.
Sgt. Frank Gonzalez at the Northeast Division said there have not been any reports of shooting as officers began their search. He had no further details about the incident that was reported shortly after 10 p.m.
* Update: The suspect was taken into custody, according to the Northeast Division Facebook page.
Residents reported that a police helicopter was flying over head and that LAPD was setting up a command center at a convenience store. Avenue 52 was being shut down from Figueroa to the 110 Freeway, said a posting on the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council’s Facebook page.
Tonight’s police activity comes after a string of recent Highland Park shootings that police say are linked to a feud between the Avenues and the Highland Park gang. The Highland Park neighborhood council plans to focus on the recent increase in violence and what is being done in response at its next meeting on April 2, according to a posting on the council’s Facebook page.
The spike in shootings has spread concern among residents, some of whom expressed their anxiety tonight on Twitter:
Highland Park has become a super trendy place to live but gang activity last three days is mad. Very 1980s. Not in a good way.
— KathleenCraughwell (@KatCraughwell) March 26, 2015
— Angelica Solis (@CaliBear) March 26, 2015
Highland Park: Longfellow & Avenue 53, LAPD Ofcrs in foot pursuit regading “man w/ a gun” POLICE setting up quick perimeter #Hot
— Eagle Rock 311 (@EagleRock311) March 26, 2015
the helicopters & sirens right now in highland park are sending me through an anxiety spiral of Nell proportions
— amber (@soleilalaplage) March 26, 2015