Police this morning are investigating a report that two young men were struck by gunfire last night while playing basketball at Bellevue Park on the south side of Silver Lake. Officers took a report from the two men while they were being treated at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital. However, an investigation at Bellevue Park found no bullet casings and none of the nearby residents interviewed by officers recalled hearing gunfire, reports Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Division. Neither victim is a gang member, and police are trying to figure out what happened. Here are more details from Buhrmester:
Last night at about 10:00 pm, officers responded to Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital regarding two gunshot victims. Two males, 19 and 22 years of age, said they were playing basketball at Bellevue Park, 826 North Lucile Ave., at approximately 9:30 pm when an unseen suspect in a charcoal grey sedan three or four gunshots at them. The younger victim was hit in the right hip, and the other was hit in the right shoulder blade.The two ran to a car occupied by the younger victim’s girlfriend, who took them to Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital. They had no suspect information, and were treated and admitted for gunshot wounds. The injuries are not life-threatening. The investigation revealed several aspects of their statements which lacked clarity and consistency, therefore detectives will recontact them this morning after they have rested. Last night, officers responded to the park after contacting the victims at the hospital, and canvassed for evidence. They found no bullet strikes, casings, projectiles or blood. Also, they contacted several nearby residents, and none recalled hearing gunshots in the time frame given. That does not mean the victims are not truthful, but there are certain facts in dispute needing clarification.