The comments section of The Eastsider are filled with pieces of information from persons who said they saw or heard the fatal shooting of Echo Park resident Michael David early Saturday morning. Today, the LAPD offered up its official account of what happened:
According to witnesses, he was confronted by three suspects on the south side of Sunset Boulevard near Echo Park Street. One of the suspects was yelling at David very loudly, although witnesses were unable to determine what the suspect was saying. After a few seconds, David ran northbound across Sunset Boulevard and was chased by the three suspects. One of the suspects could not keep up and fell behind.
The victim proceeded to run about one block heading west on the north side of Sunset Boulevard as the suspects chased him. He then went south into the roadway on the boulevard when one of the suspects fired a shot at him from a short distance away. Immediately after shooting him, the two suspects ran away on foot, heading east on Sunset Boulevard. David fell as soon as he was shot but stood up and continued walking toward the intersection of Logan Street and Sunset Boulevard where he collapsed. Michael David was immediately transported to a local hospital for medical treatment, but died around 7:42 a.m.
Persons with information about the shooting should call Rampart Homcide detectives Arteaga at 213-484-3639 or Linscomb at 213-484-3642. Those who want to remain anonymous should call at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).