Two unrelated shootings occurred on May 1 and May 22 near and in Queen Anne Park, according to LAPD Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Ruben Gonzales.
The May 1 incident occurred around 6:15 p.m. when an LAPD patrol car patrolling the Queen Ann Park area stopped a driver and his passenger at the 1100 block of West Blvd. The driver surrendered, but the passenger tried to fire a Tek-9 machine gun at the officers. It failed to fire. “At the same time, fearing for their lives, an officer-involved shooting occurred” and the suspect dropped the gun and ran eastbound through the neighborhood. The officers eventually arrested him. The driver and passenger “were from a gang that has no nexus to this area,” reported SLO Gonzales.
The other shooting happened in Queen Anne Park, 1240 West Blvd., May 22 at approximately 7:40 p.m. While people enjoyed the park, according to SLO Gonzales, one man from a group of male gang members, also hanging out, began to fire shots at “a white possible Chevy Tahoe” nearby. “After the shooting, the Tahoe drove off…towards Pico Boulevard, and the suspect and his group ran westbound through the Park,” SLO Gonzales reported. Wilshire officers arrived at the scene but didn’t find any suspects or victims. As of this printing no arrests have been made. As a result of the shooting, however, “There will be a high visibility presence at the Park.” according to Gonzales. If you have any information about these incidents, contact Wilshire Gang detectives, (213) 473-0444 or SLO Gonzales (213) 793-0715. You may remain anonymous.
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