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Shotgun-wielding gang member charged with hate crime, LAPD says

March 28, 2012 | 11:02 pm

Glassell Park crimes
A reputed Latino gang member who allegedly pointed a shotgun at three African Americans and yelled racial epithets was charged with a hate crime and assault with a deadly weapon, police said Wednesday night.

The crime allegedly occurred on Drew Street and Estara Avenue in Glassell Park, in an area where the ruthless Avenues street gang has operated for years.

The incident began Monday evening when Ivan Alquicira, 19, began shouting from his balcony at a man, woman and her daughter as they walked by, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

"Alquicira pointed a shotgun at the group and demanded that they leave the neighborhood," the LAPD said in a statement.

The victims began running as the gunman chased them, according to police.

Gang officers recovered the weapon and ammunition after they arrested Alquicira at his home, police said. Alquicira was being held in lieu of $540,000 bail.


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Image: Map shows recent crimes reported in Glassell Park. Credit: The Times' Mapping L.A.