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.

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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