Police are searching for suspects in a Wednesday night shooting half way between Echo Park and downtown that left an 18-year-old man injured with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim and two other companions were walking on Beaudry Avenue near Bartlett Street in Victor Heights when the occupants of a vehicle pulled up and opened fire, said Dect. Doug Pierce with the LAPD Central Division. Police found the victim about a block away on Sunset Boulevard. The shooting took place at about 8:20 p.m. and is believed to be gang related, Pierce said. The victim, who is recovering from his injuries, is not a known gang member. However, one of the companions he was walking with is a documented gang member, and police believe the shooting is possibly gang related, Pierce said. The men do not live in the area and said they were not sure what prompted the attack.
One person who lives in the area described what she saw:
When I arrived in the area around 9:30pm, LAPD was on the scene (5+ cop cars) and they had taped off the entire block of Beaudry just north of Sunset (cross-street Bartlett) with yellow caution tape and weren’t allowing anyone to cross it, even those with cars parked within the tape’s boundaries. The LAPD officer I spoke with (sorry, don’t have his name) said the victim looked like he was wearing gang clothing, although “he wasn’t part of a gang”.
Anyone with information about the shooting can call Dect. Pierce at (213) 972-1213.