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Police ask public to help find suspects in Silver Lake & Pico-Union shootings

Suspects’ truck at shooting scene | Courtesy LAPD

BY LUCY GUANUNA

Police have released surveillance photos of a pickup truck used by the suspects who shot a man in the face in Silver Lake on Sunday afternoon just minutes before firing upon a second victim in the Pico Union area.

At about 3:30 p.m., the suspects pulled up in the vehicle to the location of the first shooting near Kent and Coronado streets in Silver Lake, where the first victim was sitting on a stairwell, said Lt. Nate Williams with the LAPD Rampart Division. The victim became involved in a verbal dispute before several rounds were fired from the vehicle, striking the victim in the face. The victim, who neighbors said was an immigrant day laborer, was taken to the hospital and was reported to be in stable condition.

Just 20 minutes later, at about 4 p.m., officers responded to calls of another shooting in the 1600 block of West 12th Place, according to a statement released by the LAPD. Officers discovered a man had been shot. The victim was transported to a hospital where he remains in stable condition.

In both incidents, the suspects were seen in a white Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with custom black rims and a ladder in the bed area, said police. The truck had a possible partial license plate of “931” or “331”. The suspect has been described as Latino in his early 20s with black hair and brown eyes. He is said to weigh approximately 180 – 200 pounds and was seen wearing a black T-shirt.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Rampart Area Gang Detectives at (213)484-3660. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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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