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Echo Park shooting victim identified

Police on Allesandro Street

Police on Allesandro Street

ECHO PARK — The man who suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head Sunday night has been identified as 19-year-old Oscar Sandoval, Jr. according to the L.A. County coroner.

The victim was shot at approximately 10:15 p.m. in the 1300 block of Allesandro Street near Montana Street.  Police received reports of between six to eight shots being fired.

No suspects are in custody and no motive has been determined, said Lisa Governo, a homicide detective with the LAPD Northeast Division. The shooting may be gang related but that is not certain, she said. “We are trying to find out more about the victim.”

The Sandoval killing is Echo Park’s fourth homicide of the year, according to CrimeMapping.com.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Northeast Division homicide detectives at (323) 344-5744.

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41 comments

  1. Interesting how the fatal gang related shooting in El Sereno got lumped in with other articles but the Echo Park and Highland Park shootings get up to the minute coverage

    • There aren’t enough frightened hipsters in El Sereno to make it a priority.

      • Poor people like violence because it keeps rents low

      • Actually, the hipsters aren’t scared at all…you do realize they are never the ones shot, right?

        Gotta love the logic…”if we shoot each other all the time, the hipsters will leave!” Brilliant stuff, really.

        • Impressive how badly you missed the point there. Like, you should get paid for having such a rare talent. I mean, it is a talent right, being able to miss something so fucking completely. I know I’d toss a nickel your way to see it live.

          • Beverly D'Angeleno

            @HollywoodRoyalty,

            I think the point is you have no point. Re-quoting “woman on hill” directly below:

            Excerpts from this newsblog’s “about” section:
            “The Eastsider is Jesus Sanchez, a journalist with more than 25 years of experience in newspapers and online journalism…..The Eastsider is most interested in his own neighborhood – Echo Park – but also strives to cover news & stories from these neighborhoods: Angeleno Heights, Atwater Village, Boyle Heights, Cypress Park, Eagle Rock, East Los Angeles, Echo Park, El Sereno, Elysian Heights, Elysian Valley, Glassell Park, Hermon, Highland Park, Historic Filipinotown, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, Mt. Washington, Northeast LA, Silver Lake & Solano Canyon. ”
            http://www.theeastsiderla.com/welcome-to-the-eastsider/

          • Show me a banger who gives enough of a shit about hipsters to shoot one, and I’ll toss YOU a nickel.

            And yes, I got your point…policing and reporting are done more thoroughly in areas where moneyed white folks live, though where you missed it so fucking completely was to use “hipster” as a substitute for “white”.

    • Excerpts from this newsblog’s “about” section:
      “The Eastsider is Jesus Sanchez, a journalist with more than 25 years of experience in newspapers and online journalism…..The Eastsider is most interested in his own neighborhood – Echo Park – but also strives to cover news & stories from these neighborhoods: Angeleno Heights, Atwater Village, Boyle Heights, Cypress Park, Eagle Rock, East Los Angeles, Echo Park, El Sereno, Elysian Heights, Elysian Valley, Glassell Park, Hermon, Highland Park, Historic Filipinotown, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, Mt. Washington, Northeast LA, Silver Lake & Solano Canyon. ”
      http://www.theeastsiderla.com/welcome-to-the-eastsider/

    • Agreed. I don’t like it when these types of articles are lumped in with a bunch of stuff. They are serious matters that should stand apart. They should not be squeezed in with “new “coffee shop” or “Dodger” news.

    • Doo Doo Poo Poo Poo Doo Doo

  2. Maybe The Eastsider is reporting based on their demographics?

  3. I’ve lived in Echo Park 10 years now, bought a house recently when I could and paid a lot for it. I’m white and by definition a gentrifier. This doesn’t mean I’m all bad. In fact if some of these gangsters families made buying a home a priority ten or twenty years ago they could have paid 1/6 what I had to pay for my house. That would have been a “gangster move” if you ask me. And your damn right as residents of EP we are gonna make it a big deal when someone’s head gets blown off, cause this our neighborhood and we have a right to prioritize living in a safe neighborhood. The cops are motivated by money and the pressure they get from residents to do their jobs. I hate cops, and personally wouldn’t call them for anything, but it’s time the families of these gangs do more to get these kids more opportunities so they don’t join gangs. I’ll be blunt and say it’s important for hispanic families in echo Park to stress the value of education to their kids, and demand the school get better funding. There are a lot of tax dollars available now because of evil white people moving in like me, so please use them to give these kids options other than dying pathetically in a cheap cowardly gang hit.

    • Amen to that!

    • Seems like you’ve got your finger on the pulse of the Hispanic community…education is SUCH a priority

    • Ok, dingus, just a couple things.

      1. While predominantly Hispanic, the echo park gang has had a disproportionate share of white, black, and Asian members over the years because it’s a neighborhood gang and that’s who’s in the neighborhood.

      2. This last doting did not happen in Echo Park Gang territory.

      3. There are many echo park gang members who own their houses. Just ask the folks who live near echo park and Baxter.

      4. Property taxes go into the general fund and are not earmarked for education.

      5. I know plenty of cops, including several who have lived in this neighborhood longer than you. Money is not their primary motivation, and I don’t think it is for many.

      6. I am white. Evil is a choice.

      • I love my Hispanic neighbors, I love my Hispanic neighborhood. I come from an all white town and I now know how much that town is missing because of it lacking in diversity.
        I used to live at Echo Park and Baxter, and yes I agree there were good people who were also in gangs at that corner. However I also ran from gun fire at that intersection, and then heard a murder happen behind my house that turned out to be a double homicide In broad day light.
        You can be the PC police if you want, and try to say that the gangs in our hood are diverse but anyone with eyes knows that’s not true. The rates at which Hispanic kids graduate from school are much lower than almost every other ethnic group, and the rate at which they have children as teenagers is way higher. We can pretend these things aren’t true to avoid saying something potentially bigoted but that’s not gonna get us to the route of the problem. I apologize if my generalizations (which they are admittedly) upset anyone but I care about Echo Park, don’t want to see people displaced because of income, and most importantly don’t wanna see these kids killed anymore. Being in a gang doesn’t make you a bad person, but being a parent who doesn’t want to steer their kids in other directions that may save them from a premature, horrific death is disgusting if you ask me.
        My heart goes out to anyone hurt by this crime, an obviously gang related crime. We need short and long term solutions If anything is going to change.

      • I misread some of your responses and answered them wrong like a true Dingus would. Good points you made, I will take them into account and adjust my point of view.

      • Have you read your property tax statement? There is a general tax levy portion, then some goes to LAUSD, community college, parks, vector control, etc. Over 10% of my property tax goes to community college/unified schools.

    • Hey Dingle-Berry–

      You claim education should be a priority. Then why is your grammar so awful? Don’t you know the difference between “you’re” and “your”?
      Your ideas are incoherent because you’re uneducated. See the difference!

      Here’s a bit of Latin for you: Putar tu.

    • I’ll bet your parents gave you the down payment! And co-signed!

    • We did just that in 1998, took us two years to get our credit Stright, we moved from a 1,000 dollar a month Victorian home in Angelino Hts. To the rat infested apts on 1100 E.Edgeware Rd, to save an additional $300.00 a month. While helping to raise the grankids. We saw the writing on the wall back them, if we where to stay in Echo Park we had to become owners. I’ve rented, now I’m a homeowner, my only wish, for friendly neighbor’s who don’t look down on me because I’m a minority.

      • People look down on gangs because they are pathetic, anyone that looks down on minorities is also pathetic. But looking at math at statistics to figure out why whites people are moving in while Hispanics are moving out isn’t wrong. There’s a lot of information that’s helpful within those numbers. While it’s true white privilege is alive and well, and the great majority of white people moving in benefited from it in some way, there are still many other reasons for why Echo Park is being gentrified. When people have babies too young, and don’t graduate from high school the amount of money they make over the course of their lives is much lower. Making money doesn’t make anyone better than anyone else, but it effects the choices you get to make in life. So if you want to vilify white people go ahead, but you just sound ignorant and as bad as any racist cracker out there.

        • Another problem is latinos are deep in the death grip of Catholicism – the reason why they have 5 babies by age 20. If they weren’t wasting their lives with religion they might have more time for education

          • I agree, but I also don’t want to suggest that having kids young, and making life about family is a mistake. Latino’s prioritize family probably more than any group of people, its really a beautiful thing. That has huge upsides obviously, life is short and really the best thing you can do with it is to take care of and spend time with loved ones. White people are more likely to make their life about a career. Which is what i’ve done personally, and while it’s allowed me to just barely buy a house in my neighborhood, I’m probably missing out on a more fulfilling life experience. So its really a pro vs con thing. If you’re gonna have a family young and not pursue education as virtuously as others, then you may miss out on some things, in the same way I’m missing out on different things. But white privilege is also at play here. I had a chance to go to college, and thats much more difficult for non white Americans, and so I am very lucky because of that, and I don’t think that is fair. But those issues are going to take a long time to solve. But for now its up to parents of kids in Echo Park to provide better avenues in life so that no one else gets blown away senselessly.

          • Holy crap, I can’t even with this racism.

            Echo Park resident here, and *gasp* I’M HISPANIC. In fact my father was born outside of the US *gasp* and immigrated here! His parents were a teacher and a doctor, so no valued education there, right? And out of my father’s four children, two have Masters degrees and one is currently applying to medical school. Yeah, we really don’t value education in my first-generation Hispanic immigrant household!

            Seriously, you’re making broad generalizations. Would you like if I said all white people were racist and ignorant?

  4. Dam another one bites the dust

  5. Another example of Darwin’s theory.

  6. Stop running your mouth n come into the hive

  7. I kill my homies. Exp

  8. despite all the hype, the telling statistic in the article is that this is the 4th homicide of the year in echo park.

    thats low, considering how many varied people live in this area, this is not chicago, fortunately for us all

  9. FELIX ETIENNE-EDOUARD PFEIFLE

    Above are 39 comments regarding the subject of this blog, Mr. Oscar Sandoval, who was recently murdered in Echo Park. Not one of the comments above mentions the victim–the subject of the article. I didn’t know him, but he lost his life on that street; let us not forget that, whatever political / racial / ethnic point we wish to communicate with one another. R.I.P. Oscar Sandoval.

  10. Gang banging. Yeah! Youll end up dead. Sucks. The guy must have been young and had his whole life ahead of him. Is gangs really really worth it? 25 years ago i lost my brother to gangs and no one but me remembers. Im hoping something radical happens to scare this new generation into not becoming a gangmember. Parents lets protect our children.

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