Police closed off Echo Park Avenue near Echo Park Lake this afternoon after residents reported hearing multiple gunshots and seeing two vehicles speed away from the scene. Officers had taped off Echo Park Avenue at Park Avenue at about 4:30 p.m. as they began to investigate the incident. No injured persons were seen in the immediate area but residents who live nearby found bullet casings on the street.
Private security officer Ed Aguero and an Echo Park resident were talking on the sidewalk about half a block north from where the bullet casings were found when they heard several shots and then watched as a sedan followed by a large SUV race north on Echo Park Avenue. “I told him to ‘Get down,'” Aguero said.
Residents said they heard anywhere from between three to five shots.