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Car crashes after gunman opens fire in Boyle Heights

BY LUCY GUANUNA

BOYLE HEIGHTS — A motorist lost control of his vehicle and crashed on Thursday night after being fired upon several times, police said.

The car was driving down the 1800 block of Pomeroy Avenue at about 9 p.m. when a suspect fired multiple shots toward the vehicle, causing it to crash into the sidewalk, said Lt. Marla Ciuffetelli with the LAPD’s Hollenbeck Division. The three males in the vehicle did not sustain any injuries in the shooting or the crash.

The suspect, a Latino male with long black hair, fled on foot. He was seen wearing a black Dodgers jersey.

It is unknown at this time whether the shooting was gang related, said Ciuffetelli. The suspect remains at large.

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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11 comments

  1. it’s all the galleries fault! gentrification brings gun combat, lane to lane! Art washing!

    • Dude, just shut up. Gentrification is a real issue in Boyle heights, the community has worked hard to decrease the violence, and all of a sudden the children of rich white people think they can just come in and start taking over…. the art sucks anyways … a child can scribble on a piece of paper and white propel would call it genius

      • Gentrification may be an issue – but it’s not illegal. You can squawk all you want but anyone can live anywhere they want, so long as they can afford it (or are a homeless person – they get to live anywhere for free).

      • “the community has worked hard to decrease the violence”
        How? Genuinely curious because it doesn’t seem to be working very well.

      • ‘White people’? Racism is the ‘real issue’.

      • What is the community doing to actively decrease the violence? Is the community staging protests and rallies on a regular basis that the news is simply ignoring? Because I certainly hear the constant complaints about the “rich white people…taking over” and mostly crickets on the weekly shootings (although there is a bit of irony surrounding the “Rich white people” narrative because if if these white people were in fact, RICH, I would have to assume that they would prefer a neighborhood that does not have frequent murders in the street – perhaps a neighborhood where RICH people reside).

        Also, maybe it just sounds like your priorities are a little strange (and maybe even racially charged). I would think that such a vocal group of supposedly social minded people would at least show an equal response to neighborhood violence and death as they do to “rich white people…taking over” and art galleries.

        Which brings me to the hypocrisy of your statement and identity politics in general. As a society, we need to make a decision on racism and racial bias. Are we going to stereotype and discriminate based on the color of skin or not? If white = entitled with rich parents, what are your assumptions of Blacks, Asians and Indians moving into the neighborhood? And what assumptions should I make based on your skin color and race?

      • Yeah, the rich are flocking to Boyle Heights.
        It’s going to be the new Beverly Hills.

  2. Someone please DEFEND BOYLE HEIGHTS against this type of violence!

    • if the “defend boyle heights” crew actually LIVED in boyle heights they might be able to respond to your plea. But unfortunately most of them (“them” is about 8 people total, half of whom are white kids from Cal Arts) do not live in, and are not from, boyle heights.

      • So true. The “Defend” types are mostly Johnny-come-latelys or have lived there at one time but now live somewhere else yet have it in their heads that BH can only be poor, of strictly Mexican heritage and gang infested. Unless you are a senior citizen or live in the projects, most young people leave BH and go on to live in greener pastures where I doubt anyone is telling them they have to leave.

  3. Rallies and protest do nothing to curb gang violence, absolutely nothing.
    Intervention and good parenting which sadly lack in poor communities because of the lack of educational resources. The DBH crowd and the other Blaney show pony organizations do absolutely nothing for the community in this regard. I have seen lives turned around by sports, specifically in my case teaching rugby to at risk youths in the San Pedro-Wilmington-South Central area , showing kids at an early age that there are avenues beyond the death cult of gang affiliation tends to draw those youths further away once they see the world is not RACE based, that mentality is put on these kids of all colors by their families and it becomes a burden that they can use whenever they feel like giving up. Local organization I would like to share is Beat the Streets , a wrestling program for at risk youths. These are change makers , not race baiting groups like DBH or the other ridiculous groups vilifying “white people” or “Art washing” , once that sort of language is used you have lost the argument. Here is the link for the wrestling program send this to anyone who might be interested.
    http://beatthestreets-la.org

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