HIGHLAND PARK — One person suffered a gunshot wound to the leg tonight in the neighborhood’s third shooting in three days.
An officer at the Northeast Division station said police were on the scene investigating the incident. He did not have a location for the shooting, but, according to @EagleRock311 and other Twitter users, the person was wounded near York Boulevard and Avenue 51.
The victim had been transported to a hospital and was in stable condition, according to police
Tonight’s shooting comes after a vehicle was struck by gunfire near Luther Burbank Middle School on Monday and after a victim was shot early Sunday morning near Springvale Drive and Figueroa Street.
Before tonight’s incident, nine previous shootings had been reported within or near Highland Park in the last six weeks, according to Capt. Jeffrey Bert of the Northeast Division. Bert blamed most of the recent shootings on a feud between The Avenues and the Highland Park Gang. It’s not clear, however, whether tonight’s shooting is gang related.
L.A. Now today reported that the LAPD is struggling to deal with a sharp increase in shootings and other types of crime this year across the city. The number of reported shootings is up 31% compared to last year.