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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Silver Lake shooting leaves elderly man injured*

A 75-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot this morning outside his Silver Lake apartment in what police believe might have been a dispute over a woman. Police sealed off  Coronado Street south of Sunset Boulevard as they investigated the shooting, which was reported at 7:10 a.m. The victim, who underwent surgery,  was shot in the torso by a 50-year-old man with a pistol, said Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Division. The suspect then fled north on Coronado Street.  The victim and suspect knew each other and were reportedly involved in a “relationship triangle” with a woman, Buhrmester said.  Here, according to Buhrmester, is a prelminary account of what happened:

Further investigation established the following: at about 7:00 a.m., the victim was outside speaking with a friend. After a conversation, the friend left, as the 50-year-old suspect, known to the victim, approached on foot. He and the victim are reportedly engaged in a relationship triangle. A dispute over this situation occurred, which resulted in the 50-year-old suspect shooting the victim once. The suspect ran from the scene, while neighbors called the police and paramedics. The suspect has been tentatively identified, and is being sought. He is believed to live in the area. The incident is not related to gang activity.

The victim is in critical but stable condition following surgery.

* Update on Tuesday, May 31: The suspect, Julio Alfaro, was arrested Monday evening and is being held on $500,000 bail, said Buhrmester in a comment to this post. Alfaro was apprehended with a pistol – which police believe was used in the shooting – in his waistband.



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  1. Further investigation established the following: at about 7:00 a.m., the victim was outside speaking with a friend. After a conversation, the friend left, as the 50-year-old suspect, known to the victim, approached on foot.

    He and the victim are reportedly engaged in a relationship triangle. A dispute over this situation occurred, which resulted in the 50-year-old suspect shooting the victim once. The suspect ran from the scene, while neighbors called the police and paramedics. The suspect has been tentatively identified, and is being sought. He is believed to live in the area. The incident is not related to gang activity.

    The victim emerged from surgery at 9:00 a.m., and is in critical but stable condition.

    Wes
    [email protected]
    (213) 484-3400

  2. There seems to be more posts on shootings this past month. I know the shooting of the man outside of Gold Room was a shock, but I’m wondering if there’s always a shooting incident here in Echo Park/Rampart/Silverlake, or if there’s been an increase of these incidences.

    These weekly posts are starting to freak me out the way the local news does….which is why I don’t watch the local news.

    Please keep us posted on crime and new ways of avoiding instances but a report like this, which is a private matter between the parties, does not have to be reported on here I feel.

    And if the people need the public’s help then it should be on here. or is there a site that has all the crime info in our areas on their lapd page? These constant violence related reports are just instilling fear.

  3. I agree that the shootings are troubling. This shooting may be a private matter, but there have and will continue to be innocent people hurt in the crossfire when guns are shot. I would much rather know if my neighbors are shooting each other. I would rather know about crime than have the Eastsider shelter our fears. More information is better than less information IMHO.

    Perhaps I am trying to be more aware since I was mugged walking down Sunset earlier this year for my iPhone. Reported here: http://projects.latimes.com/mapping-la/crime/report/419907/

    I learned a lot from being mugged and reading this blog. Be safe, trust your instincts, and give up your valuables cause as we have seen, many people carry guns and are not afraid to use them.

  4. RoseHills 90032

    I fell sorry 4 u J E if need a place that is safe move 2 montecito heights we are the safest area in north East L. A

  5. The Eastsider reports on all things relevant to our neighborhood — good and bad. If this shooting happened 3 doors down from you or you heard about how there was another shooting yesterday while you were grabbing groceries, wouldn’t you be glad to know you have a reputable source you can count on to give you the facts about what happened?

  6. Unfortunately, that is not anyway to live, In fear for your life, and personal belongings. (insert sad face here) ;( The local news doesn’t report on the homicide/gang activity/graffiti increase’s or anything, this is our neighborhood news source. Dont like it? then move back to the Midwest or where ever u may be from.

  7. Yesterday at 6:12 p.m., a witness to the morning’s shooting called 911 and reported the suspect, Julio Alfaro, 50, in the area. Officers responded and located him at La Fayette Park Pl. and Marathon St. He was taken into custody without incident, and a pistol, believed used in the crime, was found in his waistband.

    Alfaro, of Los Angeles, was booked for attempt murder (due to the severe injury to the victim, and the proximity from which the shooting took place, which was less than arm’s length) at the Metropolitan Detention Center, with bail set at $500,000.00. The victim’s condition remains unchanged. He remains at the hospital in critical and stable condition.

    Once again, our thanks to the community for being involved, allowing us to arrest Alfaro. Regardless of the outcome of the prosecution, a gun is off the streets and the victim’s family can know their loved one’s assailant is in custody.

    Wes
    [email protected]
    (213) 484-3400

  8. I wonder if the surplus store sells bulletproof vests. It might be time to invest.

  9. @Anon — “…Unfortunately, that is not anyway to live, In fear for your life, and personal belongings. (insert sad face here) ;

    ( The local news doesn’t report on the homicide/gang activity/graffiti increase’s or anything, this is our neighborhood news source.

    Dont like it? then move back to the Midwest or where ever u may be from.”

    This sort of attitude doesn’t help anything. Inaccurate too, local news in LA Times, on radio and on television covers LA crime all the time, sometimes to consternation of residents (Why don’t you cover the good things in our neighborhood?)

    Telling someone to move back the Midwest isn’t old LA friendly, c’mon. Better to say, Welcome, get used to it.

  10. The Good, Bad and the Ugly………that’s what TheEastsiderLA is here to report! It’s all a part of living in the eclectic Eastside. I’m from the Midwest (Ohio, many years ago) and loved it here from the first moment I arrived. It’s exciting, fun and oh, so interesting. And the weather ain’t bad either!

    Many thanks to Lt. Wes Buhrmester (and the other fine LAPD liasons) for keeping us updated here. I wasn’t even awake at 5am, and here he is posting to TheEastsiderLA even before the sun comes up.

  11. I believe it’s harder to get a bulletproof vest than a gun.

    I’m interested in the details of this love triangle.

  12. @ J you sound like you perfer to hide in your small overpriced EP apartment this L.A. yo !! this is home , this is mean street !!

  13. hahah @streetsmarts and everyone else. i’ve lived in westlake/echo park for 10 yrs. my family has lived here since i was born, 30+ yrs. i’m from LA. i am use to it. i don’t need a blog telling me about all of it because i hear about it anyway if it’s down the streets. i just want to hear about the positive stuff on this blog, not the violent crimes every wk. i already assume there is. LA Times did a post. If we want to hear about crime then the police or there site is a reference http://projects.latimes.com/mapping-la/neighborhoods/neighborhood/echo-park/crime

    also i’d like to add, since i’m from here, i’m proud to say i’ve haven’t been a victim of crime yet. already got the street smarts yo

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