Man wounded in Highland Park gang shooting



HIGHLAND PARK — Police continue to search for the suspects in a gang shooting that left one man injured early this morning.

The victim was walking near Avenue 55 and Media Drive at around 3:20 a.m. when the two suspects drove up, exited their vehicle and approached him, said Lt. Ryan Schatz with LAPD’s Northeast Division. The suspects asked the victim what gang he was from, then shot in his direction numerous times. The shooter, a male Latino with a dark baseball hat, and the other suspect then sped away in a blue, four-door sedan.

The victim was struck once in the thigh, Schatz said. Two parked vehicles were also hit. The victim, a self proclaimed member of the gang Aztlan 13, was transported to a hospital to be treated for his injury.

The investigation is ongoing.

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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One comment

  1. I am glad my kids are not being raised in my old neighborhood of highland park. I love my old neighborhood and the hip coffee shops that have moved in making it not such of an eye sore of the past. The two or three main gangs in the area still have recruiting cycles from tagging crews that associate with the gangs that makes them present in the neighborhood. So parents know what your children are doing at all times, keep them active in sports, music, dance so they don’t have time to deviate into mischief.

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