Possible Gang Shootings in Echo Park Break Holiday Quiet

A shooting Saturday night and another early Sunday occur on opposite sides of Glendale Boulevard.


Those of us who look carefully at local crime statistics know that it's been quiet at the core of Echo Park of late.

But this weekend blew that notion away, as two drive-by shootings claimed victims.

A father was shot in the buttocks Saturday night at Berkeley Avenue and Mohawk Street as he reached over to care for his baby. Shots rang out from a vehicle reportedly headed east on Berkeley as well as from a man who was standing near the car, according to a posting on the Eastsider.

Then, the next morning at around 11 a.m., a known gang member was fired upon from a vehicle, up Echo Park Avenue near Baxter Street. He was taken to the hospital and is now in stable condition.

The Eastsider reports that LAPD Northeast Division gang detectives believe the second shooting is a possible retaliation for the first, though the man struck in the first was not a gang member.

The shootings also occurred on opposite sides of Glendale Boulevard, a dividing line for two rival gangs in Echo Park.

Police reportedly have gang intervention pros working in the community now to keep things from escalating. They've also ramped up patrols. 

Interestingly, the first incident occurred just a block away where many had gathered through the early evening to attend an artisans' fair at Bedrock LA studios.

Some parked along the stretch of Berkeley Avenue where the shooting occurred and were walking up and down Berkely to park through much of the day and early evening.

Dennis December 23, 2012 at 03:10 PM
And you want Sandy Hook not to happen? Take away the guns and the criminals will still have them. Since some of the police are criminals I don't trust them either, just google it, you will find that a lot of people that your supposed to trust, can't be. People with guns have stopped a lot of assaults and you can't have mine in the village I live in, where the blacks were chasing a Hispanic on a bile with a car and baseball bats... He sped into my garage when he saw me, the cowards took one look and saw a White Man staring them down and they backed off. This poor kid on a bike might have been dead before long... I live in a Hispanic area now and am not racist, unless you call hating blacks and brown gang bangers a racist behavior ..
Max the paperboy January 08, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Dennis.....here's a definition.......you decide............... World English Dictionary racism or racialism (ˈreɪsɪzəm, ˈreɪʃəˌlɪzəm) — n 1. the belief that races have distinctive cultural characteristics determined by hereditary factors and that this endows some races with an intrinsic superiority over others 2. abusive or aggressive behaviour towards members of another race on the basis of such a belief racialism or racialism — n 'racist or racialism — n , — adj 'racialist or racialism — n , — adj


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