Police investigating possible connection between Silver Lake murder and earlier crime

Assemblyman Mike Gatto, center, with his father, Joseph, during swearing in ceremony in June 2010/43rd Assembly District

Only one day before Joseph Gatto was found shot dead in his Silver Lake home, neighbors a few blocks away confronted a man who pointed a gun at one woman before fleeing down a public stairway. Could there be a connection between the two incidents? Police are looking into it but it’s still not certain if the two incidents are related, according to an L.A. Times story.

In an email that has been distributed among Silver Lake residents, a woman described a confrontation that took place in the 2300 block of Moreno Drive on Tuesday at 6:40 p.m. only a few blocks from the Bright Lane home where  Gatto, the 78-year-old father of State Assemblyman Mike Gatto, was found Wednesday slumped over a desk with a gunshot wound in his abdomen.  The email, a copy of which was provided to The Eastsider by a Silver Lake resident,  said:

I saw a man crouched next to a car in the street with glass on the ground. I slowed down and started yelling at him. It was dark, he walked calmly to the next car as though he would strike another car. My friend’s garage door opened up and I shouted to go after the guy. I then turned the car around and drove after the suspect. My friend ran on foot. I reached the stairs first, that lead from Moreno down to Kenilworth. The suspect had his back to me and then after a few steps turned around and aimed a gun at the car. I sped off. Our friend made it to the top and the suspect shouted, “Do you want to die tonight?”. The police were called and we filled out a police report. They have all of the information about his clothing.

The woman said she did not see the suspect’s face but the man, who was carrying a back pack, was wearing a zippered hoodie and khaki pants. “To hear the news of the senseless murder of Mr. Gatto made me sick to my stomach,” she said in the email.  “I described the suspect as brazen and felt a twinge it was the same person.  He didn’t run when I yelled.  He walked to the stairs. He knew the stairs in the dark.”

A man whose car was broken into Tuesday night near the Gatto crime scene told the Times he was interviewed by detectives but they did not say whether they thought the break-in and the murder were connected. “It’s unsettling, absolutely,” Jesse Wiener told the Times.

One comment

  1. It is just so horrible what I heard with Mr.Gatto because my friends and I would walk down that street all the time and to hear what happened when he was going to shoot the women made me so made at that guy.

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