It’s been more than a month since a Christmas Day shooting left 18-year-old Cesar Guerrero, an Echo Park gang member, dead and three others injured following an exchange of gunfire. Guerrero and fellow gang members arrived at an Innes Street home gunning for rivals who had been involved in a shooting two days earlier, according to police. Guerrero was fatally wounded in the morning attack and his body was found next to a car about a mile away in an alley near Baxter Street and Echo Park Avenue.
It’s still not clear who fired the shot or shots that killed Guerrero but who ever did would “probably not” be charged with murder since they fired in self defense, said Lt. Paul Vernon, who heads the detective unit of the LAPD Central Division. “The people who were in the house basically were defending themselves,” Vernon said. However, two of Guerrero’s partners in the attack – the driver of the car and another passenger – could potentially end up facing murder charges as accomplices to a felony that turned deadly, Vernon said.
No one has yet to be arrested in the incident and detectives are still looking for those males who accompanied Guerrero in the attack.
“We are trying to identify the driver and the other shooter who were accomplices of [Guerrero],” Vernon said. “We would arrest them and then they would be charged with murder as a vicarious liability to the death of their comrade while committing a felony.”
The District Attorney’s office would eventually determine what if any charges are brought in court against suspects.
Police ask that persons with information about the shooting call asked to call police at (877) 527-3247.