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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Business owners call meeting in the wake of Silver Lake shooting

Silver Lake shooting scene at Lucile and Sunset.Silver Lake music label Dangerbird Records has called for a meeting tonight of Sunset Junction business owners and residents in the wake of a Monday afternoon shooting that left stray bullets lodged in the walls of the company’s Sunset Boulevard headquarters. General manager Matt Solodky said the company was hosting the meeting to discuss what he and others say say has been an increase in crime and the slow police response to the shooting near Sunset Boulevard and Lucile Street. No one was injured in the shooting following an argument outside a liquor store in a small shopping center, police said. “There has been a lot of gun play in the neighborhood,” said Solodky, who said he felt his building shake as two bullets struck an exterior wall, with one band member standing only five-feet away from where a bullet hit.

Despite multiple calls to 911, Solodky said police didn’t arrive on the scene for 20 minutes. There were further delays apparently because the shooting took place on the dividing line between the LAPD’s Rampart and Northeast divisions. (the Northeast Division covers neighborhoods north of Sunset Boulevard, Rampart covers those to the south). Officers from the Rampart Division were the first to arrive to conduct an investigation. But, upon discovering that the shooting didn’t take place in the Rampart Division, officers from Northeast were called in but didn’t arrive for another 40 minutes.

The Northeast and Rampart divisions have been contacted for comment. Tonight’s meeting is scheduled for 6 PM at Dangerbird Records, 3801 Sunset Blvd.

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Residents meet police following Silver Lake shooting. The Eastsider



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