HIGHLAND PARK — Police blocked off streets and launched an hours-long search Friday night for a suspect who emerged from a silver car and fired multiple shots at a man before driving away from what police say is a gang-related shooting. The gunman was not apprehended following the lengthy search.
The shooting near the 5300 block of Monte Vista Street took place at about 6 p.m. as the victim was walking and was confronted by a man who emerged from a silver vehicle, said LAPD Officer Jane Kim. The suspect fired his gun multiple times before fleeing the area.
The victim walked to nearby residences and sought assistance. He was transported to a hospital where he was reported to be in critical condition on Friday night, Kim said.
Updated: The victim is a 25-year-old Latino gang member, said Capt. Jeffrey Bert with the Northeast Division.
The search for the Monte Vista shooter overlapped with another incident involving three related robberies near Figueroa Street and York Boulevard, Bert said. Those robberies, which involved a single suspect who was later apprehended, were not connected to the shooting, he said.