Police have blocked off northbound traffic on Glendale Boulevard near Alvarado Street in Echo Park tonight as officers search for a man who was seen with a gun. The suspect, who was first spotted near Alvarado and Delta Avenue before 9 p.m., ran away from officers but dropped the gun, said Sgt. Wayne Guillary with the Northeast Division. Police are now searching for the man with the help of a helicopter, and a police K-9 unit has also been called in to help find the suspect. No shooting was reported, Guillary said.
“Everything is closed down, and if we leave the block they won’t let us back in apparently,” said one Echo Park resident.
Residents report that a growing number of police squad cars have converged at Glendale and Berkeley and officers in bullet-resistant vests were seen running on Alvarado.
Tonight’s search comes less than 24 hours after police spent at least three hours searching for a gunman in Silver Lake.
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