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Police make arrest in shooting after Warlocks gig in Echo Park

July 14, 2010 |  2:42 pm

The Eastsider reports that police have arrested a suspect in the shooting that occurred June 21 in front of The Echo after local psychedelic act the Warlocks played a show.

Three men were injured when a suspect on a motorcycle opened fire on patrons leaving the club and then fled down Sunset Boulevard. As reported by L.A. Now's Robert Faturechi, the police puzzled over the motive; eyewitnesses reported no disputes inside the bar before the shooting.

But new information apparently has emerged: “Our gang unit followed a bunch of leads and made an arrest in that shooting at the Echo, which occurred on June 21,” Lt. Wes Buhrmester of the LAPD Rampart Division told the Eastsider. “They just did so a little while ago after serving a search and arrest warrant.”

The Warlocks' manager, Mary Patton, said the band had heard about the arrest but hadn't yet learned the identity of the suspect. In a statement she sent to Pop & Hiss a day after the shooting, Patton said: "This is a very unfortunate and isolated incident and absolutely not typical of a Warlocks show. There has never been any violence at their shows, and it is very upsetting to the band that this occurred. We do not believe the shooter to be a fan of the band, nor do we think he was ever inside the club or knew anyone who was... The Warlocks are very concerned about the fans, especially the victims, and are very hopeful they find the gunman and bring him to justice."

Pop & Hiss will post more information as we get it.

-- Margaret Wappler