Man Killed on Avenue 55 Friday Morning

The victim is described by police as a known gang member in his early 20s.

A man police have described as a known gang member in his early 20s was shot to death in Highland Park Friday morning by someone armed with a shotgun.

The shooting in the 200 block of North Avenue 55, near North Figueroa Street, was reported at 12:50 a.m., said Sargeant Lisa Phillips of the Los Angeles Police Department's Northeast Station.

The victim was in an alley when the shooter, who is believed to be a male, walked up, opened fire and fled on foot, Phillips said.

The man suffered a neck wound from a single shotgun blast and was pronounced dead at the scene, she said. No description of the gunman was immediately available.

Patch will continue to cover this story as new details emerge.

David Fonseca (Editor) December 04, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Hey MOG, The user PD asked where "Kitty's" posts went, and I responded. Those comments were not directed toward you. I'm glad to meet anyone in the community who walks up and says hello to me, by the way. Wishing you good health.
The MOG December 04, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Oh yeah. Right. Thank you, old man. That's mighty kind of you, I must say. I wish you & yours a Very Merry CHRIST-MAS! And Welcome to the nieghborhood! We've read a lot of comments fron your friends, and everyone pretty much knows how ya' all feel about the new little homestead, and the profitable flippin casitas abound. When I get a chance, do you think you might condensend to sign my autograph book? Pretty please, with a cherry on top? Oh, I do it with everybody. I've put you on my List...You're nobody special. Kinda like Rudy does down at the Legion...btw, do you know if there's any truth to rumor that Chicken Boy Fan is your friend Harvey's partner, Ricky? Congrat's on YOUR recent nups, too,btw. Any particular reason you had an out of State Wedding? Just qurious... Don't worry, Dave. EVERYBODY, & I mean just EVERYBODY knows where you're coming from, and we respect you for it, man! Believe me, I can safely say, completely without fear of contridiction, that I have NEVER seen ANY profanity. or personal attacks whatsoever on PATCH. Heaven knows I tell the truth. We are mindful of your steller contributions to Our Town, and likewise are mindful of your invaluable service to NELA. Tom Topping & E aint got nothing on this kid. No siree!
The MOG December 04, 2012 at 05:51 AM
No offense, PD, but I'm on a different tangent, er... I mean thread now. So, I really don't give a flying flip about Gato Negro's comment right now. btw man, I'm on to you. You aint no cop man. It's a total put on. You had me going, but then I thought, that don't sound like no cop I know. No cop would risk smearing the Dept.'s good reputation by making the kind of provactive, racially charged comments you have. I think you're one of Rob Schraff's alter egos. Like Nimby et al. Nice try though... We went through living hell here in Los Angeles, especially in NELA. But things are different now, over all. We finally have a Chief who cares, and is worth his salt. This is coming from a guy who knows how it feels to be rousted by the cops. I've taken beat downs from cops before, both warranted and not. I can honestly say that the new, young Officers on Patrol are much better than the Old Boy Network that tarnished NE DIV for so long. SLO Allen is invaluable, respected and widely liked. Now, if Capt. Murphy has made misleading, or untrue statements regarding the Turner case, I understand a certain enterprising local journalist is preparing an expose dealing with those very things. Stay tuned...
The MOG December 04, 2012 at 06:27 AM
Awww... no kiddin: "If you listen to fools The Mob Rules!" -Black Sabbath
ELGATONEGRO December 04, 2012 at 07:32 AM
The MOG December 04, 2012 at 07:53 AM
ELGATONEGRO, I thought you'd might like to know I shared your comment on my FaceBook Page... search Margarito Martinez, if you want. All my best to you.
ELGATONEGRO December 04, 2012 at 08:01 AM
The MOG December 04, 2012 at 09:42 AM
A Community Divided
PD December 04, 2012 at 04:35 PM
@mob and kitty, I'm not one to exploit a murder victim regardless of their choice in life style eve though I do agree that it is their lifestyle that caused their demise. With that said, we all have our opinions and are entitled to voice them. What I don't agree with is shoving your beliefs down readers throats about how government and certain groups are against the community. How these groups are exploiti g the community to benefit themselves. This kind of thinking creates divide I stead of the so called unity you cry for. This is really irresponsible and dangerous because it creates animosity amongst ethnic groups. With regards to RAZA (kitty) you misquoted me on that. The folks that whine encompasses all walk of life especially here in HLP. Kitty and mop, you guys are so quick to turn a story and a post in a completely different direction. Kitty you claim to have" managed to slip through the cracks" and are doing better for yourself. Why are you here meow? Just sayen bud
PD December 04, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Wow ! See what I mean mog. I will try to turn this into a positive post. What do we agree on let's start there
The MOG December 04, 2012 at 05:15 PM
It's not using the LORD's name in vain to speak the truth... now, get a life... or look for work...better still, shut tfu. The LORD has no patience for cowards, "the violent taketh the kingdom by force!" Have a jolly time burrowing yourself under the Troll Bridge!
ChickenBoyFan December 04, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Another well meaning, informative Patch article, turned into a trainwreck, by the usual suspects. -Yawn- -Cluck it-
PD December 04, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Chick I concur and somehow was pulled I to it. Perhaps that's how he operates. From now on I will try my best to avoid posting on posts that involves certain individuals. Better yet, I will ignore him. Peace out
David Fonseca (Editor) December 04, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Hey all, I've gone through and deleted some personal attacks that were being thrown back and forth in this thread.
ChickenBoyFan December 04, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Best to get in, say your piece, and get out. Responding to certain OP'ers only fuels a simple signal fire, turning it into a full blown, raging 4-alarmer. Cluck it
PD December 04, 2012 at 06:17 PM
David thank you
Nimby pimp December 04, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Cerro Gordo December 04, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Cerro Gordo December 04, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Guys, I just want to say that I've enjoyed this site so much more once I decided to just ignore "The MOG". I highly suggest you all do the same.
El Cid December 04, 2012 at 08:02 PM
There are times when I too will agree it's difficult not to get caught up in the negative and hate! Especially with some of the outrageous posts made on the PATCH. Yet, I'm hopeful that many will share my sentiments, "Life in Highland Park is full of beauty. Take a moment to notice it. Notice the little things in our community, the small child, and the smiling faces. Notice the smell of the recent rains, and feel the soft breeze. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” Fight to make HP a better place for us all to live and enjoy! And for those who chose the wrong turn at the fork of the road, "May you find a new path and make the needed changes to live a better life."
The MOG December 04, 2012 at 08:04 PM
yeah, man. we are all very thankful about you being up on moderating the personal attacks! But what about the flippin cybergangbanging & death threats on your pages??? Catch those too? Mindful that we are that you can't catch it all!
David Fonseca (Editor) December 04, 2012 at 08:07 PM
MOG, please point me to them. A few weeks ago, somebody alerted me to some of the coded cyber-banging happening on the site, and I deleted the posts. If you can point me toward it, I will delete it. Thanks!
The MOG December 04, 2012 at 08:15 PM
aw gee CBF, you know WE we're ALL having an adult discussion, until Nimby/ chimed in with his usual MOG BASHING (BTW, more than a few people came up to me at the parade- I worked setting up the PAs- and expressed how sorry they were that these individuals are allowed to engage in that type of behaviour at every turn- incessently) but you know, it's such a petty, little thing, spending a full decade smearing an innocent person as a fraud, criminal, convict, sexual predator; and much to big of a man. So, as usual, you can just blame it on me. Mea Culpa! God knows you don't engage in that childishness, Man Of Goo Goo Glusters??? BTW, I didn't mean to imply that Mr. Fonseca's relationship to you, & your partner manifested itself in some kind of perfessional bias, or anything. Every recalls the fair balanced HHPNC Election Coverage. Especially the video piece showing casing the losing candidate for pres., while ignoring the eventual winner. Suberp! Now, I'll be getting to me lunch. Peace
The MOG December 04, 2012 at 08:17 PM
David Fonseca (Editor) December 04, 2012 at 08:19 PM
MOG, I'd just like to point out that interviews with both Monica and Cathi were conducted prior to the election, and both were invited to blog about their candidacies. The video was shot by another journalist while I was on a vacation--getting married--as you alluded to in a previous post. I believe our election coverage was fair, though I respect your opinion to the contrary.
Nimby pimp December 04, 2012 at 11:28 PM
David, Gentlemen - Here is a perfect example of some of this fellow's objectionable behavior. First, he begins with an attack. In this case, it is Nimby Pimp who he portrays as the instigator of hostilities, while ignoring his frequent boorish and abusive behavior. Soon after, he launches into more antagonistic language, some of which is laced with homophobia, in this case directed at ChickenBoyFan. Then for good measure, he introduces a touch of menace - "I know who you are and who you associate with" routine, again directed at CBF. (He used this device to great effect with Rob Schraff by insinuating his knowledge of the whereabouts of Schraff's wife and children. This coming from a man with a felony record for abuse is no laughing matter.) He then returns to charges of discrimination against he and his supposed allies at the hands of Mr. Fonseca. I don't particularly enjoy engaging with this type of individual, but will not stand down as he attempts to bully and intimidate members of this online community.
PD December 05, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Blanca, you speak lovely peaceful and kind words. We need to follow your example.
The MOG December 05, 2012 at 12:49 AM
hey, I just UpLoaded some Parade pictures! Some are preety good, IMHO. More to follow... What was this thread about again? Oh yeah.
El Cid December 08, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Gato - te aseguro que yo he servido esta comunidad!!! Con muchisimas GANAS y ORGULLO! Por que HP es mi COMUNIDAD!!! Y yo no soy la clase persona que habla mal de la comunidad, prefiero ser una persona de accion!!! I guarantee you I've served HP and I will continue to participate on boards, committees, community clean up days, volunteerism, mentoring and tutoring children. And, yes I am educated enough to know, "It's never too late for anybody to start over, never too late to have faith, and the time for action is now. Most of all, it's never too late to get EDUCATED!"
El Cid December 08, 2012 at 05:29 PM
In dialogue, a good listener tries to understand the point of view of the other person. In the end he may either agree or disagree sharply, but it's okay as long as courtesy and respect have been extended! The greatest challenge for us all - "It's that we all believe we are right!" And, with humble sincerity, we must trust the unfolding of the logical argument to know who truly is right! Therefore, I do not have an axe to grind with anyone! I just share my personal opinions and observations!


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