Name of Monte Vista Street Shooting Victim Released

No arrests have been made in the shooting yet.

Pedro Morales died in an area hospital on Saturday evening after being fatally wounded by a shotgun blast near the 5300 block of Monte Vista Street.

As previously reported on Patch, Morales and his brother were both shot at around 6:20 p.m. in front of an apartment building on Saturday. The Coroner's office did not release the name of Morales' brother, who was shot in the shoulder and remains in stable condition at an area hospital.

LAPD has not released the age of the brothers yet.


A man died and another was wounded in a shooting in Highland Park on Saturday evening.

The shooting at Avenue 53 and Monte Vista Street occurred at about 6:20 p.m. Saturday, a desk officer at the Northeast Station said. The shooter fled on foot.

According to witnesses at the scene, both victims appeared to be in their teens.

The victim who survived was shot in the arm.

One witness who saw the scene prior to the shooting reported seeing the victims being chased on foot around an apartment building in the area.

As of 11 p.m. helicopters and squad cars were still in the area of the shooting looking for the suspects.

Violent crime had been rampant on Monte Vista street throughout the spring, before a pair of arrests in May temporarily put a halt to the shootings.

At the time, LAPD Gang Unit Detective Rick Ortiz said the surge of violent crime seemed to have been stemmed following the arrest of two known gang members--19-year-old Edwin Celis and 23-year-old Edwin Ramirez--in connection with the shooting of a 13-year-old male on Drew Street in Glassell Park.

According to Crimemapping.com, 10 incidents of assault with a deadly weapon were reported between North Figueroa Street and Monte Vista Street between March 15 and April 26--the day of the arrest. There was a also a report of gun shots being fired into an apartment unit on April 2.

According to the Eastsider L.A., area residents had noticed a string of fresh "53" taggings near crime scene, a tagging that was not prominent in the area until recently.

-City News Service contributed to this report.

David O'Roscoe July 09, 2012 at 12:37 AM
While we were going out for a bite to eat last Friday, we saw at least 3 lapd patrol cars on Monte Vista. Made me very mindful of California stops. lapd being there wouldn't have had as great an influence on someone who's culture is that of violence. That culture is represented in our community by a very, very, very small fraction of the population. If you want to get rid of that culture, support the arts, support local shops, support local restaurants. Walk and talk in our community. Enhance YOUR culture, give youth of THAT culture other options. The problem isn't police or government's responsibility, it is ours. What ever YOUR culture is, be loud with it, and be louder than THEIRS.
ezio giraldo July 09, 2012 at 01:03 AM
very very small fraction? u know this is highland park right?
Ish July 09, 2012 at 04:02 AM
They need to Knock down that big white building on Ave. 53 and Monte Vista. That building is a cesspool that attracts criminals. I've lived here all my life and went to Monte Vista Street Elementary School. I remember constantly being on lock down due to shootings and crimes related from that apartment building.
Gill July 09, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Actually the Police are a part of the problem, LAPD job is to police the city. they need to make there presence felt to prevent crime. all the time not just after someone is killed .. If LAPD is seen more often, Criminals of ALL SORTS, Will think twice about the crimes they are commiting, maybe LAPD would witness some of these crimes and catch these people. LAPD budget increases every year. Yet LAPD patrol officers are being taking off the streets and promoted. the number of LAPD officers on the actual street always stays the same or just barely increases. while they continue to get a bigger budget. I think patroling are streets are more important than LAPD building new police stations and buyiing new cars every 2 years. I pay $6,700 in property taxes to the City of L.A. on top of all the other taxes and fees i pay to the city. It should not be to much to ask to see a LAPD patrol cars in Highland Park on a daily basis .
ezio giraldo July 09, 2012 at 05:07 AM
they cant even control the proliferation of the marijuana trade....good luck with the thugs
Lisa July 09, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Ezio, that's funny yet, not. Duh, it's HP. Monte Vista has always been bad.
Teresa C July 09, 2012 at 06:09 PM
I do believe it is a very small segment of the Highland Park population that engages in these "pendejadas". This is my community and like any other it has it's problems but instead of being fatalistic about things ever changing I think the positive approach put forward by Mr. O'Roscoe is spot on. Evil can only triumph when good people sit by and do nothing. . . even your thoughts are powerful.
Margarito Martinez July 09, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Now, at last it's official, what some of us have long suspected : Highland Park is in the middle of a gang war. There have been deadly attacks at night, early in the wee hours of the morning, and brazenly in bright day light. The victems have been men, and young men as young as 13, and in at least two cases the victems were young women. If the violence only took place on one corner on Monte Vista, or only came from one apartment bldg. there, that would be one thing. The violence spills out to the avenues south of Figueroa though. It just doesn't stay in one place, and it all doesn't come from one place. I know one thing, it's not going to stop any time soon. we still have July & all of Aug. to go.
Bob Bailey July 09, 2012 at 11:53 PM
When the city passed the gang injection some years back a group of people freaked out saying that we were violating their rights. Well now their killing each other off and who ever else happens to be in the way.
Armez July 10, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Highland Park Neighborhood Watch will meet on Thursday, July 12 at 7pm at the Police Historical Museum at 6045 York Blvd. For Info. call Officer Escalente at (213)485-2548. Paricipants should show up to listen to latest crime information and plan projects for safer neighborhoods. Discuss gang injunctions, nuisance abatements, and increased patrols by LAPD.
Ricardoh July 20, 2012 at 03:17 AM
A good project would be a stop and search law. Another would be building a barb wire tented prison in the desert for gang members. Another for the state would be to outlaw gangs. Everything else is wishful thinking.


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