16-Year-Old Wounded in Shooting on Ave. 55

Police believed the shooting to be gang related.

LAPD Northeast Division's Gang Unit Detectives are investigating the shooting of a 16-year-old male near the 200 block of Ave. 55 on Tuesday at around 5:15 p.m.

According to LAPD Northesat Gang Unit Detective Rick Ortiz, the victim was struck in the leg by a bullet and transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital, where he is in stable condition.

Ortiz said detectives have yet to determine if the victim was in a gang, but do believe the suspects have gang ties.

According to the police department report, the victim was walking on Monte Vista Street between Aves. 55 and 56 when he was approached by four males in a gray vehicle.

One of the passengers in the car exited and began to pursue the victim on foot, the report states.

"The victim started to run. He made it to Ave. 55 where the guys in the vehicle caught up with him and began shooting."

Witnesses reported hearing five or six gunshots in the area, Ortiz said.

Ortiz said the suspects were believed to be males around 18-years-old.

No arrests have been made.

h/t theeastsiderla.com


Alice M. June 14, 2012 at 12:17 AM
We seem to be getting shooting reports at the rate of about one-per-day . . . what's up out there?
Margarito Martinez June 14, 2012 at 12:33 AM
It appears we are in the middle of a gang war. Everyone should be extra careful this summer. Especially if you're out at night. However these last few shootings have been brazen and in bright day light.
Ish June 14, 2012 at 01:14 AM
I'm pretty sure it was on the 200th Block of N. Ave. 55. I passed by and saw the street closed down by cops.
Katie June 14, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Every time I read something like this, I start to think about what I could do to help reduce gang activity in mi barrio. Does anyone have any ideas? Are their resources out there for community members who want to work towards a safer neighborhood?
Peter Bedard June 14, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Join a Neighborhood Watch OR start one. I started the watch on Marmion Way from Avenue 57 to Avenue 55. I'd be happy to get you on our list of neighbors. There are a lot of things we can do, report graffiti immediately, paint graffiti out if you can, and be a presence in the neighborhood. It's time to stand up! I've been wanting to do a weekly walking group around Marmion, Figueroa, Monte Vista if anyone wants to John us. The more of a presence we have, the more we talk to people, the more we make friends with our neighbors the less violence there will be! Step up, step out, make an impact!
HK June 14, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Yes, there are ways to help make a safer neighborhood and the LAPD and our government are working hard to create after school programs to keep kids off the streets. These programs vary from swimming and Karate lessons to teaching real life skills that could become jobs such as graphic design, culinary arts, auto-mechanics. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts these are the programs that get cut first; leaving nothing for our kids to do. You can contact your local city council and insist that kids be made the priority. An example right now is they're closing the year round Glassell Park pool (something Eric Garcetti said he'd never do) in mid -August. Shutting down an athletic facility forces kids to find other outlets. Unfortunately, the "other outlets" take many forms, one of which is gangs. Closing parks, cutting education programs, draining pools, cutting welfare programs all need to be stopped. People need to take a stand or it's going to keep getting worse.
Charles Inman June 14, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Change Rent Control from perpetuity to 15 or 20 years duration. One gang member can destroy a neighborhood.
Bill Waters June 14, 2012 at 07:43 PM
How about a law that abolishes rent control for gang members. Maybe parents would pay a little more attention to what their kids are up to if Junior's extracurricular activities could force the family to pay market rates.
Charles Inman June 15, 2012 at 02:18 AM
They already have a law. It would require a burden of proof. First hire a lawyer and put $5 or #10K in his "trust" account. Then catch the gangster in a provable act on premises. Register the current rent with the housing dept. Pay for a peace officers subpoena. Win your case in Court. Evict. The new tenant gets the same rent figure.
Bob Bailey June 15, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Drop the mi barrio thing that's the whole problem. When banger see someone the first thing they ask why are YOU in mi barrio. This is not your Barrio. This is our community. All of ours.
TheTruth323 June 15, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Sure, try and keep programs going that help give kids other outlets but there must be zero tolerance for gang related crime. They have to know that whatever age they are of they commit a violent crime they are going away, period.
denise lopez August 08, 2012 at 11:14 PM
ever since they syatrted this watch in marmion way , i SWEAR theier is LESS gang activity threw out this whole block. its monte vista thats the problem, they should start a watch on monte vista cause seriously ITS SCARY walking down that street . watching your back every 5 goddamm seconds. i want to come out of school one day (Franklin high) and not be paranoid about everyone and every car, ESPECIALLY IF YOUR A GIRL EVEN MORE SCARY THERE ARE SOOOOO MANY PERVERTS IN HLP right now, not even funny.


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