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Police: Three shootings in Echo Park, Glassell Park are "gang-related and connected"

March 2, 2009 |  9:09 am

Los Angeles police said today that three shootings within half an hour in Echo Park and Glassell Park are "gang-related and connected." Two men died, and a third is in the hospital in stable condition after the shootings began Sunday at 5:02 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department Officer Norma Eisenman said.

Eisenman said a man in a black sport utility vehicle was described by witnesses at all three shootings. The first occurred in the 1600 block of Baxter Street in Echo Park, followed a minute later by a second shooting around the corner in the 2000 block of Echo Park Avenue, police said. The first victim, identified as Eric Zamarripa, 38, of Los Angeles, was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The victim in the second shooting was taken to hospital in stable condition.

The third shooting was in the 4300 block of Toland Way in Glassell Park about 28 minutes later. That victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz