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One man injured in Echo Park drive-by shooting*


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Police are looking for suspects who shot one man multiple times during a drive-by shooting this afternoon in the southern edge of Echo Park.

The victim was transported to a hospital after being shot at about 4 p.m. near Temple and Firmin streets, said LAPD spokeswoman Sara Faden. No further details were available.

Today’s incident took place one day after another man was shot less than a mile away near Union Avenue and Beverly Boulevard in what may have been a gang-related shooting, Faden said. The victim was talking to his girlfriend when the suspect walked up and shot him twice. The victim was in stable condition, and  the suspect has not been apprehended.

It’s not clear whether the two shootings are connected, Faden said.

* Update: Lt.Wes Buhrmester with the LAPD Rampart Division provided more details about both shootings:

The shooting at Temple and Firmin Streets resulted, according to witness and victim statements, after an exchange of gang challenges. The victim, a 25-year-old male, was shot in the neck and suffered a non-life threatening injury. Rampart gang detectives are handling the investigation. The car used in the shooting was later located and impounded, and is being processed for evidence. The uniformed component of the gang unit will be focusing their efforts in this area to minimize the possibility of retaliation. Part of those efforts will entail graffiti monitoring and removal.

Regarding the January 1 shooting at Temple Street and Beverly Boulevard, this resulted from a love triangle. The victim was shot multiple times with a handgun, and is in critical but stable condition at a local trauma center. The suspect fled the scene on foot and abandoned the gun in a nearby laundromat, where it was recovered by officers. Investigation at the scene, including review of video cameras, revealed the identity of the suspect, who was recognized on the video by officers. He was detained nearby, and later booked for attempt murder. This shooting was not related to yesterday’s.



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14 comments

  1. This is a tad scary because I take my daughter to preschool nearby. I saw cops rushing the area like 15 or 20min after 4pm in that area. This is probably unrelated but a wall was tagged on Sat night/Sun morning on my block by the usual gang (I called 311 to get it removed, this is a recurring problem here) but before the city sent out workers to paint it over, a rival gang crossed over the other gangs tag and made the wall a bit more hideous looking.

  2. The shooting at Temple and Firmin Streets resulted, according to witness and victim statements, after an exchange of gang challenges. The victim, a 25-year-old male, was shot in the neck and suffered a non-life threatening injury. Rampart gang detectives are handling the investigation. The car used in the shooting was later located and impounded, and is being processed for evidence. The uniformed component of the gang unit will be focusing their efforts in this area to minimize the possiblity of retaliation. Part of those efforts will entail graffiti monitoring and removal.

    Regarding the January 1 shooting at Temple Street and Beverly Boulevard, this resulted from a love triangle. The victim was shot multiple times with a handgun, and is in critical but stable condition at a local trauma center. The suspect fled the scene on foot and abandoned the gun in a nearby laundromat, where it was recovered by officers. Investigation at the scene, including review of video cameras, revealed the identity of the suspect, who was recognized on the video by officers. He was detained nearby, and later booked for attempt murder. This shooting was not related to yesterday’s.

    I hope 2014 brings everyone the greatest of personal and professional fulfillment. As always, if you would like to ask questions or give me criticisms (that’s how I’ve learned the most, from those who ask critical questions), feel free to e-mail or call. I’m accountable to you, so let me have it if you see fit! My standard protocol remains, and that is to keep those inquiries and exchanges confidential, unless requested or permitted otherwise. Happy New Year to all.

    Wes
    [email protected]
    (213) 484-3400

  3. Wes
    What happened with the church shooting/murder last year at vendome and beverly? I never heard another thing after the LAPD picked up a female suspect? Was anybody charged? On another note vice related why doesnt anybody do anything about the prostitution going on in Buena Vista Park at the north end of chinatown? That place in infested with criminality, condoms and creepy dudes in the bushes. I’d like to be able to take my family and dogs for a walk in that park but its disgusting and quite scary. Its such a shame that the LAPD just lets this go on. Its been going on for years and years and years. I’ve tried to contact NE Div but they just put me on hold.
    Yours truly
    Ollie

  4. You know I just got a gopro for Xmas maybe I’ll go walk around the park filming these scumbags and see what happens I know Sgt. Soltero is too busy harassing and threatening business’ in the NE. Why doesn’t he bring is heavy self-righteous hand down on this vice related situation instead of creating one where they do not exist.
    Thanks Wes

    • Ollie,

      Let me find one of our homicide detectives and I’ll get an update on the church shooting. As for Buena Vista Park, it is now in Central Area, if I read my map correctly (east of the Arroyo Seco Parkway, formerly the Pasadena Freeway, and just west of the Gold Line maintenance yard). A few years ago, they realigned Central Area, as the boundaries of the Chinatown community expanded. It is not uncommon for that to be done. I’ll pass the park concerns on to Central Area’s vice unit.

      Wes
      [email protected]
      (213) 484-3400

  5. Regarding the shooting at the church to which Ollie referred, it occurred on November 4, 2012, at 3001 West Beverly Boulevard. Detectives identified two adult suspects, one male and one female, and learned they had fled to Mexico. Aiding in the investigation were agents from the United States Marshals.

    Our detectives developed information as to the suspects’ whereabouts, and the Marshals, in conjunction with authorities in Mexico, located and arrested them. They were transported back to Los Angeles in February 2013, and were booked. They are awaiting trial.

    Wes
    [email protected]
    (213) 484-3400

    • I don’t live in the area in question, but I think it’s pretty cool that you’re on here and passing out info. So, props to you!

      • I agree. Having input from Wes is very welcome and useful, especially when there’s a lot of speculation going on here. We need someone from NE who does the same thing!

    • Thank you Wes for the update and responding to my enquiries. This type of follow information is helpful for the community and is too often neglected in the media and can be very hard to come by. Even if I was not directly effected by this violence I feel the need for closure especially since I live nearby and walk my dog by the location of this senseless and tragic shooting. I realized later that you represent Rampart and not NE so I apologize for peppering you with those questions. But please by all means pass on my concern to central division.

      Happy New Year, Sir.

      • Happy New Year to you too, Ollie! As for the questions, no need at all for an apology. If you or anyone has questions about goings on in the bureau, feel free to ask. I know most all the captains and lieutenants, and I’ll make the inquiries. Also, the Northeast Crime Analysis Detail and their Senior Lead Officers read this site, and frequently make entries.

        Wes
        [email protected]
        (213) 484-3400

  6. Detective Wes..
    What ever happened to the murder of Abel Lopez Jr. who stayed in echo park, back in ’03. Anything ever come of that investigation? I knew him from school….

  7. Yes i would like to know more about this. It is very important to me. If u could get back to me with the details I appreciate it very much.
    Thanks again

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