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Echo Park shooting leaves one dead, three wounded

Map shows location of Saturday's shooting, as well as nearby homicides since January 2007. Click to learn more on the Homicide Report.
163005.ME.1225.Shooting.01.KDM One man was fatally shot and three others wounded Saturday in a Christmas morning confrontation between pedestrians and a group of men riding in a car in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles, police said.

Authorities said they had not yet determined a motive and had not made any arrests in the incident, which left one of the people in the car dead and three pedestrians wounded.

The incident apparently began shortly before noon in the 1200 block of Innes Avenue, between Sunset Boulevard and Dodger Stadium parking lot areas.

The vehicle, a white Honda Civic, apparently was then driven to another spot in the neighborhood, about 10 blocks away at Baxter Street and Echo Park Avenue, and abandoned with the body of the dead man inside, according to Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Lt. John Romero.

The dead man's identity was not yet confirmed as investigators were trying to piece together what set off the shooting and who else might have been involved, he said. The three wounded pedestrians were being treated at local hospitals and their conditions and identities were not available, Romero added.

"It's a hyper-dynamic situation," he said of the investigation, adding that it was too soon to say whether the incident was gang-related.

The gunshots, which prompted calls to police, shattered the calm of Christmas morning. Soon noisy helicopters swooped overhead, police cars and ambulances raced to the two locations and streets were blocked off as crime scenes.

-- Larry Gordon

Map: Location of Saturday's shooting, marked in purple, as well as nearby homicides since January 2007, shown in red. Source: The Times' Homicide Report

Photo: Relatives of shooting victim walk near the corner of Echo Park Avenue and Baxter Street on Saturday afternoon. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

 
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Ouch!

Looks like some homey got a new gun for Christmas and wanted to test it out.

The area was known for "drive by shootings" 20 years ago. How nice to know "things never change".

Call Aztec Risings Gang Intervention Program for Echo Park.

Echo park is a war zone I have colleagues who purchased million dollar homes now try to get out of there!

who has heard of quiet helicopters???

I Grew up in the area & I live on Innes street but, so sad that on this day (Christmas) something like this happened! It's so ironic that this is the third shooting in this area in the last 2 weeks! Used to be a really good neighborhood but, things have changed and think it's time for me to re-locate very soon!

WE LOVE YOU HOMEBOY! YOU MAKE US PROUD! YOU MIGHT BE GONE, BUT YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN...!!!!!

my heart truly goes out to his grandmother, who has stood by his side and tried to guide him in life the best that she could. so sad. this plague killing our youth needs to stop.

Thanks to the Father of the dead man for "keeping it real" and not B.S'n about his son NOT being in a gang.

Again, LA Times accepting derogatory comments. What an insult.. LA is full of racists, and some work on 1st.

REMEMBER PEOPLE OF ECHO PARK SOMEONE HAS LOST HIS CHILD, HER GRANDSON.... HAVE SOME RESPECT FOR THE DEAD AND FOR THE FAMILY WHO LOST CEASAR AND DON'T BE POSTING STUPID COMMENTS!!! I AGREE WITH WHAT CEASARS FATHER TOLD REPORTERS. HE'S RIGHT, I GREW UP IN THAT NEIGHBOR AND KNOW WHAT THESE PEOPLE ARE ABOUT, BUT THATS THE GANG LIFE FOR YOU. I JUST HOPE THAT THE YOUNGER MEN IN THE NEIGHBOR HOOD OPEN THEIR EYES AND SEE WHAT THEY'VE GOTTEN THEMSELVES INTO. HOW MANY OF YOUR FRIENDS IS IT GOING TO TAKE FOR YOU TO REALIZE THE GAMES YOU PLAY. THIS LIFE ISN'T FOR YOU, I LOVED CEASAR HE WAS TRULY A GREAT KID WITH NO BAD INTENTIONS. HE JUST HUNG AROUND STUPID PEOPLE!!! I BLAME HIS SOUL CALLED FRIENDS FOR LEAVING HIM IN THAT ALLEY. THE SAME ONE HIS BEST FRIEND MICHAEL LEZAY DIED IN, SOME FRIENDS HUH! I JUST WANT ALL THE YOUNGSTERS TO KNOW, I COME FROM THE SAME ROOTS YOU DO, I GREW UP IN ECHO PARK JUST LIKE THE REST OF YOU... WHOEVER DID THAT TO CEASAR WAS WRONG FOR DOING THAT, I'M PRAYING THAT GOD HAS MERCY ON YOUR SOULS! I'VE BEEN PRAYING FOR CEASARS SOUL AND THAT GOD KEEPS HIM AND I HAVEN'T STOPPED, HOW COULD I KNOWING THAT IT COULD HAPPEN TO ANYONE ELSE!!! LORD, I ASK THAT YOU KEEP CEASAR BECAUSE HE WAS TO YOUNG TO KNOW WHAT HE WAS DOING...AND I PRAY THAT YOU KEEP MY FRIENDS SAFE LORD, AMEN!!!

see the news last sat.

He was doing a drive by himself. Its sad he had to die so young but again HE WAS DOING A DRIVE BY HIMSELF! He could have killed an innocent baby or child. He WAS old enough to know right from wrong I am sorry. Better him than the innocent.


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