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.