One man was killed and three other persons were injured today following a Christmas morning shooting on Innes Avenue near Sunset Boulevard on the eastern edge of Echo Park. The fatality, described as a young male Latino, was found about a mile away next to a small white car in an Elysian Heights alley off Baxter Street near Echo Park Avenue, police said. The car fits the description of the vehicle that was seen driving away following the shooting that took place before noon on Innes Avenue, said Lt. Shannon Paulson with the LAPD Central Division. No guns had been found at the scene in what is might possibly be a gang-related shooting, she said at about 2 p.m.
The three other victims were transported from Innes Avenue for medical treatment. On Innes, which rises steeply from Sunset Boulevard, four women in handcuffs were driven off in police squad cars after being detained in front of the Chinese Christian Chanto Church. The shooting in the 1200 block of Innes took place only two days after gunfire was reported on the same street. Apparently no one was injured during that incident.
The area along Sunset Boulevard on the eastern edge of Echo Park and Angeleno Heights has been the scene of several major crimes in recent months. In June, down the street from today’s shooting, one man was shot dead and another wounded during the robbery of The Higher Path marijuana store on Sunset Boulevard at Innes. On December 6, Sunset Boulevard was blocked off for several hours as police searched for a man in Angeleno Heights believed to be involved in a shooting. Last week, on Thursday, Dec. 16, two people were wounded during a car-to-car shooting on Sunset Boulevard near Marion Street.
Police are still trying to piece together what happened during today’s shooting and are working under the assumption that the dead man found in the Elysian Heights alley was shot on Innes. Earlier today, Lt Wes Buhrmester with the LAPD Rampart Division said that apparently a shooting victim from Innes was transported in a private vehicle to the location in Elysian Heights, where onlookers gathered as numerous squad cars and ambulances blocked the street.
The deceased was found in the same Elysian Heights alley where 15-year-old Michael Lezay was shot to death in July, 2007.
* Update @ 6:30 p.m.: Echo Park Patch reports the victim was 18-year-old Caesar Frank Guerrero of Bell Gardens. Innes Avenue north of Sunset Boulevard and Baxter Street west of Echo Park Avenue remained blocked off as police investigate today’s shooting.
Echo Park shooting leaves one dead. L.A. Now
* This story has been rewritten and updated with new information.