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Bullet Grazes Man's Head in Highland Park Shooting

Police said victim is not a gang member.

Police said a man whose head was grazed by a bullet in a Monday afternoon shooting on Echo Street has been released from the hospital with only minor injuries.

According to LAPD Northeast Gang Unit Det. Rick Ortiz, the 20-year-old male was grazed by a bullet that officers believed was fired by a gang members at around 1 p.m. on Monday afternoon near the 4900 block of Echo Street.

"The kid was pretty lucky," said Ortiz.

According to the police report, the man and another 20-year-old male were sitting on the porch of an apartment building when the two suspects walked by and asked them "where they were from," a question often posed to determine a person's gang affiliation.

The men on the porch responded by saying "nowhere," which prompted the suspects to begin shooting, the police report states.

The the other man on the porch was not struck by any bullets.

Ortiz said that Detectives believe that the suspects--both males standing about 5 feet 10 inches and between 150-180 pounds in dark clothes--were members of local gangs.

Ortiz said that the alleged victims were not members of any local gangs, which may make solving the case easier, as gang-affiliated victims are often unwilling to cooperate with police investigations.

The investigation is ongoing, those with information about this crime can contact the Northeast LAPD tip line by calling 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

Carl Showalter May 01, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Thanks for the advice. Let's all remain vigilant.
Xato May 04, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Ive been living in Highland Park on & off since 1976. This last time I moved back was 1993 and I bought a home.When I moved back in '93, I could expect to hear gun shots every weekend. Even with the uptick in activity it remains less that when I moved back. I love this place and Im not moving! Highland park does not belong to these "ratas",they dont "represent" me or us! I agree with Margarito that we have to be vigilant and report every damn thing you we whether it be graffiti or homies hangin out because as you know we have a gang injunction here and they cant be seen together.
MoJoMoon May 06, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Just a reminder people.. it's hp to them and hlp to you..... it's the hood ..remember that & act accordingly and stay off the street after midnight... hipsters. Even I'm tired of all of his people wandering around late at night.... and I'm not talking about the gang bangers.
Nadia May 10, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Not everyone out at night is a "gang banger". My husband works nights and takes the train home late at night. He is not a gangster, he just wants to get home to his wife and kids.
Natalie July 20, 2012 at 03:09 AM
I teach at Franklin High and have for 14 years! I am not afraid to be there at night-alone if need be. We all just need to step up and help these kids to find another way other than gangs! Where there's a will, there's a way. I am NOT giving in to the gangs. I love these kids at Franklin and try my hardest to give each and every one another option to gangs AND, I let them feel they have someone in their corner. I am not the only teacher that does that. We have to come together as a community. I will talk with our new principal when he/she comes in and see what we can do TOGETHER-hipsters and all!!!

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