Many residents living near Silver Lake Boulevard and Marathon Street have been left to wonder what happened when multiple gunshots and screeching tires were heard across the neighborhood at about midnight on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Police have now provided details of the shooting spree, which resulted in the arrest of four people, including a 17-year-old who was driving a blue compact car. What was inside the vehicle? The list included a double-barrel, sawed-off shotgun, two handguns, bullet shell casings and a bullet-resistant vest.
Click on the link below to read the details provided by Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the LAPD Rampart Division.
“Two officers were at Silver Lake Blvd. and Bellevue Ave. when they saw a blue compact car traveling at a high rate of speed with no headlights on. The car was on Silver Lake Blvd. southbound, and when it neared the police car, it made a sudden u-turn and then accelerated away, squealing its tires. The officers followed the car to the 600 block of North Vendome St., where it yielded. During the following, officers radioed their observations, and other units and the helicopter arrived to assist. Because of the circumstances of the radio calls and the potential of firearms in the car, the occupants were removed at gunpoint, and detained. That was also the reason for the significant police presence.
On the front passenger seat was a double barrel sawed-off shotgun (one with a barrel less than the legal minimum length of 18″), and on the front passenger floorboard were two handguns, a .44 magnum revolver and .38 revolver. Next to the revolvers was a ballistic vest, of the type worn by officers and military.
Officers responded to the location of the initial radio calls, and found no casings, bullet impacts or wounded citizens. The occupants of the car did not wish to be interviewed, thus it was not ascertained at the time of the arrest if shots were being fired into the air, or at a person or object. Expended casings were found in the vehicle and in the confiscated guns.
Arrested were a 17-year-old male, who was the driver. The other occupants were Michael Armenta, 19 years, Irene Chinchilla, 20 years, and Freddy Machuca, 23 years. The juvenile was booked at Eastlake Juvenile Hall for the primary charge of possessing a concealable firearm in a vehicle. The adults were booked at our Metropolitan Jail Section for the same offense.”