ECHO PARK — Police this morning are investigating the fatal shooting of a man Friday night in the 1800 block of Echo Park Avenue.
The shooting was reported at about 8:20 p.m., said Lt. Richard Parks with the LAPD Northeast Division. The shooting victim, however, had been taken to a hospital, where he died with multiple gunshot wounds, Parks said. An LAPD spokesman said the victim, a male Latino, was shot three times in the chest.
Update @12:15 pm: The victim, believed to be in his 20s, is a member of the Echo Park gang who was dropped off at the hospital, said Detective John Motto with the Rampart Division. Motto said a check of 911 calls found no report of a shooting but detectives were informed that the crime had taken place near a “brown building” on upper Echo Park Avenue, which lead them to the LG Market, where they found bullet casings and other evidence outside.
Motto said the victim was an ExP gang member “for sure” and part of a group of friends that included Michael Robert Hannah, whose body was found about three blocks away on Delta Street after he had been shot.
Motto said they had spoke to several persons this morning who said they had heard shots last night but did not call police. He encouraged residents to call LAPD when gunshots are heard.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call homicide detectives at the Northeast Division, which will be handling the case, at (323) 344-5701.
Update on Nov. 9: Police identified the victim as 20-year-old Alex Baires, according to Detective Lisa Governo with the Northeast Division. The motive for the killing remains unknown and no suspects are in custody.
Update @ 6:09 p.m.: The victim’s first name, according to postings on Instagram, was Alex. He was apparently a close friend of Michael Robert Hannah, who was shot last August.