Police to discuss Glassell Park shooting *

The shooting of a 16-year-old by police Thursday night in Glassell Park has prompted the LAPD Northeast Division to hold a town hall meeting tonight to discuss the incident. The officer involved shooting that wounded the juvenile took place near Verdugo Road and Avenue 31 shortly before 8 p.m., according to Senior Lead Officer Al Polehonki.  Polehonki said the details of the shooting and condition of the juvenile will be discussed at the meeting, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Glassell Park Recreation Center, 3750 Verdugo Road.

* Update: Eagle Rock Patch has more details on the shooting, which involved a group of boys carrying replica handguns. The shooting victim, who was shot hiding behind a car,  was listed in critical condition.


  1. The next question, where did these boys purchase these guns? At the new Airsoft n More on the corner of Eagle Rock Blvd. and Avenue 42? These “guns” look very realistic.
    Would appreciate it if Northeast PD would send out information about this incident instead of covering it up. The Northeast communities get very little information from Northeast PD about crime in their area especially in Glassell Park.

  2. The principal of the school that these boys attend reported a different story this morning to my coworker. She stated that boy who was shot was an ESL student, that the police approached all three boys and asked them to lay face down on the ground. The two other boys laid down by the third did not, seemingly because he did not understand the directive. Somewhere along the line, he was shot. The boys who were not wounded said they had no BB or replica guns.

    Somewhere in the middle the truth lies. Either way, what a tragedy.

  3. good to know. there’s usually a different story than what is reported by the news and police dept.

  4. Of course there is always more to the story. A close relative happens to have a first person account of what went down and, let me just say, the version the police department is feeding to the media and fed to the community, is only partially true. And yes, the boy who was shot was Spanish speaking and so there was definitely a language issue that played into the outcome. Not to mention the fact that the police come into our neighborhoods with a preconceived notion that every young latino male is a gang banger. It is definitely a tragedy, but it’s more like trigger-happy on the part of the LAPD officers.

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