BY LUCY GUANUNA
ECHO PARK — Two men are in police custody in connection with an afternoon shooting that left two injured in Echo Park on August 30.
The suspects, Jorge Morales, 21, and Ralph Mauricio, 20, were apprehended shortly after the incident, said investigating officer Justine Gvirtzman with LAPD’s Rampart Division. Morales and Mauricio are alleged to have shot two male Latinos in their 30s near Temple and Bixel streets.
One resident spotted a memorial in a nearby alley a few days after the shooting but police said both victims are alive. “The victims are in stable condition and continue to get better everyday,” said Gvirtzman.
Police believe the shooting was gang related.
Persons near the scene of the shooting said local gang members hang out near the scene of the shooting and feared gang members would seek retaliation for the shooting.
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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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