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1 Dead, 1 Wounded in Highland Park After Monte Vista Shooting

Police were still searching for suspects late into the night.

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 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 12:39 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.
Nimby pimp July 09, 2012 at 01:23 AM
The owner of this "nice" building seems to have made a tradition of renting to people inclined to engage in criminally violent behavior. What's the definition of slumlord to you Chicken?
Armez July 09, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Xato, . Activism and Leadership does have to come from that neighborhood, preferrably home owners who have made an investment in the community and are willing to start a neighborhood watch. From there, they can set up goals to take down drug dealing which is often associated with gun and gang violence in the area. It really takes one citizen who knows a trusted neighbor who knows another trusted neighbor and so on and so on to start a core group of trustworthy neighbors to begin "the watch" and to become friends with the Senior Lead Officer for that area....much good can result! Especially, having collected observations of suspected criminal activity, license plates, locations, times, and suspect descriptions, Narcotics Detective can be informed and surveillances can begin. This stuff works. I've seen glorious success.. Drug dealing is obvious. In N Out...car stops....at homes or select public areas...loitering. People in that area need to get the neighborhood watch going and develop a relationship with the Senior Lead Officer...he'll come to the first meeting too!
nonoise July 09, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Nuisiance abatement? How? Northeast no longer has a neighborhood prosecutor. The program the city attorney has been cut back. Good Luck with that. And, where is the "peace in the northeast" group?
Armez July 09, 2012 at 03:33 AM
This is absolutely true!!!
nonoise July 09, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Ed Reyes lives on the top of Mt. Washington far away from the violence. He is termed out next year. He never cared to do anything about the violence. He just shows up a photo op's.
Armez July 09, 2012 at 03:37 AM
....and nuisance abatements can become a reality with lateral support from Ed Reyes' office in communications with the District attorney's office. Much pre-work is needed so that evidence of nuisance can be provided. Phase 1 is Establis a Neighborhood Watch.
Armez July 09, 2012 at 03:48 AM
See link... http://atty.lacity.org/OUR_OFFICE/CriminalDivision/CNAP/index.htm I'm thinking VACATE and PPRT ! Something to strive for with the Neighborhood Watch---a referral via Ed Reyes office and friendship with the Senior Lead officer. Maybe the Highland Park Neighborhood Watch that meets for the entire town at the police museum can mobilize to get the LAPD and City Attorney to take a look at crime at 53 and Monte Vista ... perhaps good things might unfold.
Gill July 09, 2012 at 04:39 AM
I remember a couple years ago when two people were killed in the same area, he (Ed reyes) held a press confrence at monte vista elementary telling everybody how safe Highland Park is. Prevention: Actually the Police are a part of the problem, LAPD job is to police the city, make there presence felt to prevent crime. 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 increses 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 building new police stations and buyiing new cars every 2 years. PREVENTION
Joe July 09, 2012 at 05:02 AM
You cry for more cops but get upset when they arrest people or get in a chase and kill someone! We do need the cops in that area but most of the time they won't stop or ignore what they see. We need an injection so all gang members will be arrested when they hang out in more than two's.......
Gill July 09, 2012 at 05:06 AM
How do you know who, when, or where i get upset. Your comment is silly.
Gill July 09, 2012 at 05:09 AM
ALL criminals should go to JAIL. . I never get upset when Criminals go to jail.
Joe July 09, 2012 at 06:13 AM
I was speaking out with my opinion, not addressing anyone!
Charles Inman July 09, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Did they ever install cameras on that street?
Charles Inman July 09, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Rent Control provides cover for gang members. Rent Control runs for perpetuity. Tenants move in with toddlers , 35 years later the toddlers are 38, 39, and 41. Landlords are powerless. To evict landlords must retain lawyers and pay big bucks in advance to lawyers "trust account" then win their case. New tenant then pays old rent figure.
Nimby pimp July 09, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Boo hoo hoo. If being a landlord isn't good business, sell and get into a more profitable one.
Carl Showalter July 09, 2012 at 07:47 PM
What are you talking about? Of course the owner is a slumlord.
Margarito Martinez July 09, 2012 at 09:29 PM
The young man was slain with a shot gun blast. Only a few nights ago there was a report of a man being threatened with a branished shotgun in the early hours of the morning on Fig. & Ave. 54. Could the two crimes be related? That's an odd coincidence. A shotgun? When I was coming up in the '70s the cholos were stepping up from zip guns to .22 pistols, or a .22 rifle fired from a car. Then as time went on, drive bys became popular and we saw the upgrade to .38's & .45s. The insanity of the early '80s before federal gun control, aka's assault weapons, and so forth. Nowadays they got cloaks and .9s etc., but a SHOTGUN? That strikes me as odd. I'd bet a little the two acts are related. Surely someone knows something. The killer escaped on foot??? Running with a shotgun???The police searched for 5 hours! Helicopter and everything. Where did they think the suspect was hiding? In someone's house? Crazy!
Nimby pimp July 10, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Hey everybody, it's a talking monkey! You sure are a clever primate! Show us more tricks Ivory. C'mon. Show the nice people what else you can say!
Armez July 10, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Racist verbal aggression is not acceptable communication. If responding to the usual suspects, in this case they are likely to be Latino and Poor, economically desperate and trying to make a quick buck with drug dealing and tryging to get some twisted sense of self-esteem by being involved in a gang.
David Fonseca (Editor) July 10, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Ivory Black's comment was deleted for violating terms of use.
Wayne Turner July 11, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Wayne Turner 5:26 pm on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 SOMEONE SAID THAT PEOPLE WON'T GET INVOLVED UNTIL IT HAPPENS TO THEM. Learn of the injustice that Matthew Turner has suffered at the hands of DA Andrea Pott and Northeast Detectives Harold Dicorce,Lisa Gorverno and Jose Carrillo.A case filled with DA and LAPD Misconduct.Please hear a "Mother's Cry For Justice" it's a video by Mina Turner, Matthew's mother. It is a heartfelt cry for help, to someone that is willing to take on the task of exposing the injustice that Matthew has encountered through our legal system. Actually there were somethings that were done by the DA and the LAPD intentionally, to secure a conviction for this innocent man. A Mother's Cry For Justice http://highlandpark-ca.patch.com/articles/matthew-turner-defense-team-releases-cry-for-justice#youtube_video-7236024 MATTHEW TURNER WRONGFULLY CONVICTED (A MUST SEE VIDEO) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGBfhe-1cyA&list=UUVFN9yay2ebhHf-NebPSG6w&index=3&feature=plcp FREE MATTHEW TURNER Website www.freematthewturner.com Please Sign Our Petition http://www.change.org/petitions/free-matthew-turner-case-ba360333 Summary Of Facts https://www.facebook.com/notes/evangelist-wayne-turner/summary-of-facts-in-the-matthew-turner-case-ba-360333/228169317215855
Steve South of York July 20, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Here's what I could get on the owners. I can't guarantee its accuracy. CITY OF LA OWNER INFO: LITWIN, LARRY & MINDY M. (TRUST) LITWIN FAMILY TR DTD 1-12-95 OWNER'S MAILING ADDRESS: 3550 GLENRIDGE DRIVE SHERMAN OAKS CA 91423 OWNER PER COUNTY RECORDS: 5233 MONTE VISTA STREET LLC PO BOX 360799 LOS ANGELES CA 90036
Margarito Martinez July 20, 2012 at 06:26 PM
The "pink apartments" have been quiet for at least 10 years now. It's not like it used to be. How in hell is anyone going to hold the owners responcible? The place is full of those decent, family oriented, hardworking, illegals afterall! They're only here to feed thier families! LOL! Seriously, leave those people alone. They don't like it anymore than anyone else. Really! Trying to evict a whole family, or close down an entire building! Is that the solution? If a Nieghborhood Watch is going to work on Monte Vista is has to be the residents of that street, and no other. The answer is Outreach to those nieghbors who are concerned. Good Luck!
denise lopez August 08, 2012 at 10:18 PM
i agree ive walked in there a couple times the building itself is nottt ugly, its oldschool. and there is PLENTY innocent families living there. nut also THE OWNER COULD FIX IT UP AND MAKE SOME SECURITY DOORS / CAMERAS, cause theres always GANGMEMBERS THERE and they dont even live there they just hang out there including on the roof so watch your heads
denise lopez August 08, 2012 at 10:23 PM
no they dont shootings happen in BROAD DAYLIGHT i live on 55 and see this ALMOST EVERYDAY
denise lopez August 08, 2012 at 10:25 PM
THIS WAS MY FRIEND, THE GUY WITH THE SHOTGUN TOOK HIS PHONE AND EVERYTHING RIGHT ON THE CORNER OF 54 AND MONTEVISTA . and he had the shotgun on the side of his body threw his shirt and pants
frank van neutra lautner August 08, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Looking for Reyes to do anything of substance for HP is a waste of time.
Armez August 08, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Denise, are you saying that it's best not to wander about Avenue 55, north of Figueroa (near Monte Vista School) or South of Figueroa( between Fig and th Freeway)? Please clarify. I don't want to be shot on my walks.
irving g. August 08, 2012 at 11:54 PM
It seems to me that a lot of these violent crimes, along with GTA and Burglaries are happening in the same general areas, sometimes in the same general times. If you trace back many of these crimes in the link below you can see what I mean. It has to be the same people doing it. Local scumbags if you ask me. They get away with it once and keep on doing it. Someone out there knows who these people are. They need to step up and speak out. Also, community walks and involvement would DEFINITELY help. http://projects.latimes.com/mapping-la/neighborhoods/neighborhood/highland-park/crime/

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