Update: Three Gang Members Arrested in Friday Night Shootout

The three suspects are members of a local gang.

Three members of a local street gang were arrested on Friday evening following a shootout on North Figueroa Street and Avenue 55 which injured one bystander, according to LAPD Northeast Detective Rick Ortiz.

The bystander, who was sitting inside his home, was struck in the arm during the shootout. He was listed as being stable condition at Glendale Memorial Hospital as of this weekend.

On Saturday, Sergeant Edward Perez of LAPD Northeast told Patch that no arrests were made, despite a post on the division's Facebook page stating that the suspects had been brought into custody.

Speaking to Patch on Monday morning, Det. Ortiz clarified that the three gang members had been arrested that night.

"We arrested one of the suspects at the scene and tracked down the other two at another location," he said.

According to Ortiz, the three suspects were standing on the corner of Avenue 55 and North Figueroa Street. According to a report given by the two security guards to police, the suspects were "drinking and flashing gang signs at passing vehicles," Det. Ortiz said.

"The security guards drove by suspects in a vehicle, at which point one of the suspects pulled a gun on the security guards," Det. Ortiz said.

Ortiz said police still didn't know who fired first, or whose bullet was responsible for striking the bystander.

"We don't have that information yet," Det. Ortiz said.

Det. Ortiz said police do not know which firm employed the security guards, but said they were responsible for driving along Figueroa and "looking after the businesses."

He added that the security guards had not been charged with any crime.

"Based on what we've been told, it appears they were acting in self defense," Det. Ortiz said.

cesarama March 20, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Next time the "guards" should just call the PD....that was none of their concern unless it was on the property they here hired to protect. It's common knowledge that the "security" guards in HP are a joke. Thank god they finally replaced the old man at CHASE bank! lol Rent-a-cops should not get all gung-ho..if you want to do that, join the force and stop playing cops & robbers. You got some poor man just sitting at home, shot!
TheTruth323 March 22, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Blame the security guards when it was some punk thug that pulled a gun? I don't think so.
Monte Vista Neighbor March 22, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I would like to know under what rules the local security guards operate, with regard to guns, when to call in the police etc. A shootout on the city streets is outrageous. A man sitting in his own house getting shot is outrageous. Patch? Can you follow up on the security company? Thanks.
alisa April 01, 2012 at 04:58 PM
I have had a car load of gang bangers pull a gun on me for driving "too slow", wish I hadn't been so freaked that I'd written down their license plate number. wouldn't surprise me at all if the security guards were reacting to having a gun aimed at them. too many guns around.
edem April 16, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Totally not cool what happened to you Alisa. I hate bullies, especially behind guns. But I have to say, like Pitbulls, it's not the dog, but the owner to blame. Let's not start a gun control issue here, but keep focused on the fact that this faction will always obtain weapons. It's a police issue, pure and simple. Be safe and be well.


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