HIGHLAND PARK — A man described as a transient was found shot dead this afternoon in Sycamore Grove Park, police said. The victim is the second homeless man who has been found killed in or near the park in recent months.
The male Latino in his 30s sustained a gunshot wound to the head but it’s not clear when or where he was shot, said Lt. Ryan Shatz with the LAPD Northeast Division. The suspect or suspects remain at large.
One Eastsider reader said there had been major gang activity, including vandalism and tagging, in the park last night. One person living near the park heard three gunshots at about about 12:30 a.m today, according to the reader. That information could not be confirmed with the police.
Last July, a male transient was found bludgeoned to death near a pedestrian bridge that crosses over the Arroyo Seco Parkway next to the park.
Update on Monday, Jan. 18: Police identified the victim as Kaelyn Michael Tarin. The victim was age 19 and suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the toroso and a laceration to the head, according to new information provided by police.
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