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.