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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).

Ish April 26, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I think you meant to say: Ortiz said that the alleged victims WEREN'T members of any local gangs
Carl Showalter April 26, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Scumbag gangbangers have been very active lately. Real pity, 'cause Highland Park is a really nice place to live in.
David Fonseca (Editor) April 26, 2012 at 09:19 PM
That's correct, Ish.
Frank Mackey April 26, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I've always wondered what the correct answer to that question is.
Kevin Ferguson April 26, 2012 at 11:02 PM
there were shots fired last night, too. any word?
Bob Bailey April 27, 2012 at 03:16 AM
There is no correct answer to that question where you from. No matter what you tell them they're going pop a cap on you. We've had at least three shootings this week. So when is it going to stop?
Nimby pimp April 27, 2012 at 02:30 PM
The correct answer may be, "me llamo Bernie Goetz." Blam!
Kevin Ferguson April 27, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I'm actually not certain the victim's account is the entire story. A conversation just going from "nowhere" to firearms so quickly seems. It's possible there was more leading up to the shooting that didn't make into the police report (LAPD would presumably have their reasons) or the victim might not be giving the entire account either--wouldn't be the first time. We have a couple friends living in that huge garden-y apartment complex on Echo near Fig and there's usually a sizable, sometimes noisy group of dudes constantly hanging out on the steps of another apt building. Almost always drinking. Maybe it was that crowd, maybe not.
Kevin Ferguson April 27, 2012 at 03:40 PM
whoops! what I mean to say was it seems kinda quick. but i'm not a cop. i'm just wondering.
HLP April 27, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Who is raising these feral miscreants? I love living in HLP, but the animals causing these crimes have got to go. Shame on the parents for doing such a terrible job. Idiots tend to breed more idiots. The rest of us are trying to peacefully live our lives and the last thing we need to worry about are some wild, violent kids raised by parents with the intelligence of a cucumber.
josh April 27, 2012 at 06:22 PM
What's up HLP. If you grew up in the same part of town with the same parents with the same upbringing you most likely would be with them shooting. Just keep in mind that its more complicated than kicking them out or calling them idiots. They will just go spread the violence in some other area in the city if they go.
Carl Showalter April 27, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Yeah, kicking them out isn't enough. Lock them up in jail and lose the key.
Margarito Martinez May 01, 2012 at 09:58 PM
It's true, gang activity has been up this year. It's always the young ones that do the killing and dying. The problem with Highland Park is that some people want to make it a ghetto...for the record, Highland Park is not the ghetto and it has never been the ghetto. This is not our history. However there are those few blocks here and there that are in need of revitalisation and education. Hard goals to accomplish when people are dead set in their negative lifestyle choices, and when some feel there is "no way out." For the rest of us, I suggest everyone remain on high alert when out in public. Especially at night. Whatever is going on, trust me, it's not over by a long shot. I'm 50 years old and have lived here all my life. I have seen it before, and this is going to esculate. And yes, it happens quickly. Very quickly, and with no reason other than a young gangster trying to score points, who will spend the rest of his life making up for it. That is if he's caught.
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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