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Man fatally shot by taggers in Boyle Heights [updated]

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BY LUCY GUANUNA

BOYLE HEIGHTS — Police are searching for two taggers who shot and killed a man Sunday night in Boyle Heights, according to the LAPD.

The two suspects were tagging at about 8:30 p.m. near 1st and Gless streets when they shot at the victim, said Officer Drake Madison with LAPD’s media relations department. The victim was transported to a hospital where he died from his injuries.

The suspects fled and are still outstanding, said Madison. Officers believe the incident is gang related.

The investigation is ongoing.

Update:  The victim was shot after confronting the taggers, said Capt. Martin Baeza of the LAPD Hollenbeck Division.  Anyone with any information is asked to call the Hollenbeck Division detectives at (323) 342-8900.

Lucy Guanuna is a freelance reporter who has covered a variety of issues, including business, education and social justice movements in her native Los Angeles. Her work has been published in the Daily Sundial, L.A. Activist, and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

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17 comments

  1. These people need to be gentrified out of Boyle Heights asap, that area could be really cool and trendy if it could be cleaned up and get rid of all these violent lowlives

    • Who exactly are you referring to as “these people”? You sound like a hipsters who is just following the trend to go to Boyle heights.

      • By “these people” I mean armed gangsters and tagger vandals who destroy the community. Do you have a problem with wanting to get rid of them?

    • This a mexican and latino neighborhood.. the gangs and drug need to go, but this neighood for our people only. White hipsters will not be tolerated here!!

      • Fuck your racist bullshit. Picture someone saying what you said and flip it to “this is a white neighborhood, mexicans will not be tolerated here!”.

  2. Awful. That’s right on the Gold Line. I’ve been there many times. Scumball gang-bangers need to go. Of course, with Defend Boyle Heights chasing out any economic activity in the name of “anti-gentrification” you can bet these low-life gang-bangers will be free to kill people for a long time coming.

    Pathetic.

    • The anti gentrification crowd (“big fat mando medina” or whatever that guys name is) eat these stories up. They literally love violence and chaos because they think it will scare away “hipsters”

  3. Where is the community outrage at this poor person’s tragic murder?? These little gangster f#@&s are vicious animals and that kid killed by the cops last week was doing the same thing. I only wish LAPD could have shot these punks in the head before they killed an innocent person. F them!

    • The anti gentrification nuts don’t care about gang violence, on the contrary they love it. The more violence the better because they think it will keep hipsters away. Yet they are terrified of bike lanes and coffee shops. How’s that for priorities?

  4. So the lesson today is… Most taggers are actually gangsters, let them do their worst then clean it up after wards no use getting shot.

    • That is B.S., and the additude that has helped keep criminals on the street where they can kill. Has anyone counted the number of Boyle Heights murders this year? A person doesn’t have to interfere with a tagging in order to be killed.

      • I think he means that as satisfying as it would be to confront some tagged and tell them to fuck off and get a life, it’s likely they are violent cavemen who might have a gun and no morals about killing you. It’s better if you see them to call 911 and let them deal with it. These people were not raised right and we’re all better off the more of them get imprisoned for life so we can clean up the neighborhoods and make this part of town the safe fun city neighborhood it should be.

        • I can’t disagree with what you say, but I took Cliff Duyn’s comment to mean we should ignore criminals and their behavior and the “good guys” should deal with consequences later. I’m so tired of crimes being considered normal for our neighborhoods and no preemptive law enforcement taking place.

          Calling 911 is supposed to be done for life-threatening emergencies, and tagging wouldn’t really count. So you call the non-emergency number and are more than likely put on hold, during which time the taggers are far away.

  5. Well since they were in the middle of signing their names on a wall when approached.. shouldn’t be too difficult to catch these idiots.

  6. Boyle heights is an upcoming neighborhood with lots of potential. Boyle heights has a huge problem with renters that are very comfortable paying low rent compared tonother cities. New development is making a change slowly and being very effective by moving out the people who trash there own community.

  7. LATINOS, WE SHOULD GO OUT AND PROTEST THIS, LATINO KILLING OTHER LATINO.. OH NO!! ITS NOT A BIGGIE, BUT GOD FORBID IT WAS A GUERITO KILLING A LATINO, ENTONCES TODOS LOS LATINO AHI SALEN… SO HIPOCRISY BY LA RAZA.. SO MUCH INSTIGATION BY SOME, AND THE SCARY THING IS THAT LATINO FOLLOW THESE IDIOTS WHO RANT ABOUT GENTRIFICATION…

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