Police Raid Silver Lake Homes for Clues in Gatto Killing

It's unclear yet whether the sweep yielded any new evidence.

(Photo Credit: KTLA).
(Photo Credit: KTLA).
Police raided about 90 homes in Silver Lake Thursday morning in part of the ongoing investigation into the shooting death of Joseph Gatto, the father of Assemblyman Mike Gatto, KTLA reports.

The sweep was part of a compliance check, though the Los Angeles Police Department has yet to say if the effort revealed any new clues.

Gatto, a former teacher, was found shot to death Nov. 13 in his home in the 2800 block of Bright Lane in Silver Lake.

A suspect was spotted the night before the killing and threatened witnesses with death when he was caught breaking into a vehicle in the 2300 block of Moreno Drive, according to Officer Sara Faden of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section.

The suspect was described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, 180 pounds and in his early 20s. He was wearing a multi-colored hooded sweatshirt and tan pants, a tan backpack and displayed a handgun.

A $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest was announced earlier this week.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call Los Angeles police detectives Barry Telis or Chris Gable at (213) 486-6890 or the LAPD's hotline at (877) 527-3247.

chuck weiss January 11, 2014 at 12:10 PM
Would love to find whomever killed Gatto's father apprehended and brought to justice. But wouldn't it be nice if the families of ALL victims of a homicide got this much attention in the attempt to find the killer or killers of their loved ones, instead of having such a citywide dragnet seemingly applied only to those related to elected representatives?


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