Halloween drive-by leaves one dead in East L.A.



EAST LOS ANGELES — Detectives continue to investigate a drive-by shooting that left one man dead on Halloween night.

The victim was walking with two other people south on Gerhart Avenue near Eagle Street at about 7:30 p.m. when a grey sedan slowed down and opened fire, striking the victim in the upper torso, according to a statement released by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

The victim, a 25-year-old Latino, staggered ¼ of a mile before he collapsed. He was then transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to LASD, the two people with the victim at the time of the shooting fled the scene. It is unknown whether they were also struck by gunfire.

The suspect(s) and the two other potential victims are still outstanding. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500 or  dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477) to report information anonymously.

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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  1. This was so traumatizing, I will never be the same again. I seen him bleed to death. Horrible!

    • So sorry for victim and for you.

    • I’m sorry you witnessed something so tragic and so close to home. I live in east LA too and was taking my kids trick or treating. I was wondering if you were aware of the community meeting that recently past( there is another one November 30th at 6pm at the east la library. ). Apparently Hilda Solis has brought in a non profit called Urban Peace Institute to do research on our community to make a plan to improve safety and reduce gang activity.

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