The LAPD late this afternoon arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of Echo Park resident Michael David, who was gunned down on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park while fleeing his attackers. The suspect has yet to be booked (see update below) and homicide detectives were en route to interview the suspect shortly before 6 p.m., according to Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Division. Police have been searching for three suspects in the early Saturday morning shooting of David, a 30-year-old father who worked at the Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake.
“At current, detectives are interviewing the arrestee,” Buhrmester said in a comment to this post. “The information was developed from a combination of physical evidence but mostly people coming forth and speaking to us, for which we are very grateful.”
* Update on Friday, May 13: The suspect Jeffrey Cardona, a 23-year-old gang member, is being held on $1 million bail. “Yesterday afternoon, detectives received a tip as to his location in the Westlake District. Our detectives, along with detectives from our Fugitive Warrant Section and agents from the U. S. Marshal’s Office, arrested Cardona without incident,” said Buhrmester. Two more suspects are being sought. Cardona’s gang affiliation is being withheld at this time, so as to not compromise portions of the investigation. I can say he is not an Echo Park gang member.”
Detectives don’t believe Cardona was the suspect who fired the gun that killed David, Buhrmester told Echo Park Patch.