By NATHAN SOLIS
HIGHLAND PARK — Shots rang out near Burbank Middle School on Monday as families were getting ready to attend a baseball game. It’s the most recent Highland Park shooting that police say is connected to a gang feud.
No one was injured in the Monday shooting, which took place at about 5 p.m. near Figueroa and Meridian streets but a vehicle was struck by bullets, said LAPD Northeast Division Capt. Jeff Bert. Monday’s incident would make nine reported shootings within or near Highland Park in the last six weeks, according to Bert.
“It’s very frustrating to have these violent gangs acting out on the streets,” says Bert.
The Avenues and the Highland Park Gang have had a longstanding turf war, but Bert says that recent level of gang shooting is the highest he has seen since he arrived at the Northeast Division two years ago.
Monday’s shooting came one day after a male was shot a few blocks away near Figueroa and Springvale Drive while standing on a porch, Bert said. The suspects yelled out “Where you from?” but the victim was not a gang member, Bert said.
The Boulevard Sentinel reports that the victim, described as an 18-year-old male, had been followed by a “carload of gang members” when he was shot at about 1 a.m. The victim had a bullet removed from his stomach area and is expected to fully recover, according to the Sentinel.
No arrests have been made in that incident or any of the recent shootings in the area, Bert said.