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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Police apprehend two men following Highland Park shooting

The two men were arrested Sunday night following a gang-related shooting that prompted police to close off Highland Park streets as they conducted a lengthy searched for other suspects.  Two adults in their late teens were taken into custody and one gun was recovered after their vehicle crashed following a brief police chase, said Dect. Lou Vargas with the Northeast Division gang unit. Police then began a  search – which involved a helicopter that hovered overhead for about two hours  – for at least one other suspect who might have been in the car,  Vargas said.

The incident began at about 8:30 P.M. near Avenue 57 and Fayette Street when two individuals were confronted by the suspects riding inside a vehicle. One of the suspects armed with a gun emerged from the vehicle and fired at one of victim. But the shot missed and no one was injured, Vargas said. The same shooter then pointed the gun and the second man but did not fire his weapon.  Police officers who were nearby heard the shots and quickly responded to the scene.

Vargas said the shooting was gang related. He did not identify the gangs by name but said they were two neighborhood rivals.



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14 comments

  1. This is why I can NOT wait to move the hell out of Highland Park. In the 9 months that I’ve lived there, there’s been at least 10 shootings in a 6 block radius from my house. My very first week, two people were shot in the middle of the day 1 block from my house.

    I can’t deal with the amount of crime and gangs anymore. It’s just stupid to try to deal with it. What’s the point, seriously?

    I’ll come back to have a drink at York or some tacos somewhere. But I’m moving back to Silver Lake where it’s quiet and safe to walk down the street.

  2. Isn’t it about time for a zero tolerance approach for violent crimes committed by known gang members? No three strikes, no second chances, no supposed rehabilitaion. Gang member uses a weapon and commits a felony and is convicted? Life sentence, period. No room in the prisons? Get the non-volent drug offenders out and into rehab, and build more prisons if necessary. These useless gang bangers need to go away, permanently.

  3. ohmmade–
    I don’t think you’re reading all the articles here…there is violence in Silver Lake also…

  4. Geoffrey Nicholson

    Well, one correction. The helicopter circled for 4 HOURS! I live 3 doors down from the crash scene. They had to relieve one helicopter, and we had 2 circling for a while. This went one from 8:15pm to 12:30am.

  5. Thanks for this article! I was wondering what the commotion was all about. I live RIGHT on the street that was closed off, above which the chopper was circling and where the cops were hunting for the last criminal (“You have one minute to surrender!” announced the cops. Obviously it lasted longer than a minute). It sounded pretty dramatic.

  6. I live a half mile or so from where the helicopters were circling.
    Around 10 – 10:30 there were quite a few shots fired beyond that. I called the station, was switched to dispatch and never got to speak to anyone. After the third round of that screeching for the hearing impaired that threatens to make one hearing impaired, and hearing that all operators are busy,for I don’t know how many times – I gave up. So much for trying to give them location tips.

    Scary – what if the house was on fire or someone was bleeding to death. How do you get ahold of emergency services ???

  7. sounds like the now famous avenues and highland park gangs.

  8. ohmmade, I know how you feel. I want to love this neighborhood (and there ARE lovable attributes), but sometimes it just makes me feel icky to be living amongst these vermin. I’ve been here for 4 years, hoping things will turn around. Things have gotten progressively better over on York, but unfortunately I chose to buy a place over on the Fig side. Which turns out to be mob-land. I hate living in the midst of such disgusting people.

  9. Crime and violence knows NO boundaries! No community is immuned to senseless acts of violence. Love the small town feel of our community and brighter days are ahead as HP continues to grow and evolve.

  10. And let me guess, if the intended victim had been killed, his family would have flooded news stories about his death with poorly worded and misspelled proclamations that he was a saint.

    Families continue to deny, ignore and enable their criminal relatives. When a party gets shot up we are lead to believe it was a tragedy and that no one ever knew that the intended target was rolling with a gang. There are enough red flags to know. Relatives who are known gang members should be ostracized, scorned and shamed.

    “Crime and violence knows NO boundaries! No community is immuned to senseless acts of violence.”

    This hopeless attitude is part of the problem, as if gang violence is a fact of life. While no community is immune to senseless acts of violence, there are some communities where it simply happens more often. There are very real causes that that include families who deny, ignore and, in some cases, accept this criminal behavior as a fact of life.

  11. WELL I MOVED FROM LA . BUT QUICK REMINDER VIOLENCE IS EVERYWHERE , MY SON WAS SHOT 6 TIMES in highland NOW HE IS JAIL .NO ARREST WERE MADE THAT SOB IS STILL NOW MY BABY IS IN jail because the officers in highland park have out for every one that belongs to the Avenues gang . I BELIVE MY SON . I THINK THIS OFFICERS NEED TO BE REMINDED WHY THEY BECAME OFFICERS. I COULD HAVE LOST MY BABY , AND NOT ONE DETECTIVE HAS CONTACTED ME . SO WHO WILL HELP ME OR MY SON NOW OVIOUSLY NOT THE SO CAL LAW

  12. Stop your whining.. if your not from a hood mind your business and youll be fine. Doesnt matter where you go there will always be gangs. Besides LAPD themselves are a gang in LA so what are you complaining for they are no help. If anything they spark tension between gangs so they can then just kill each other off. Obviously you are clueless as to what really happens on the streets get informed.

  13. I’ve lived in on this block where the shooting occured over 20 years now. I’m glad innocent people were not harmed. I fear for the hard working people of HLP who go to work every single day trying to earn a decent living. To have to come home to this crap is disturbing to me. These losers have nothing better to do with their lives but terrorize and intimidate the people of HLP. There has to be a solution to this massive problem but, is it even possible? Highly unlikely.

  14. Born in the Heights

    i have lived in highland park since the 70’s yes it has gotten worse thru the years,and what makes it worse people complain about crime but will not get involved or report it, it is easier to close the door and shut off the lights, meanwhile your neighbor is the one getting hurt, people need to get involved it might or might not make a difference, but you will never know unless you try we are all guilty of blaming someone else, Police officers have tried to help off duty and have died trying,but at least they tried

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