Man shot to death on Echo Park stairway*

Jun 27, 2012

A 35-year-old man was shot to death on an Echo Park stairway this morning in what police suspect may have been a gang-related shooting.  Police have detained one person following the shooting that took place at about 11:15 a.m. on a public stairway near Bellevue and Belmont avenues, said Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Division. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene after being shot multiple times in the upper body. Several suspects were involved in the incident.

Residents reported hearing at least six shots at about 11 a.m.. The victim’s body was halfway up the  stairway that runs from Glendale Boulevard up to Belmont Avenue. One resident said that a woman was “hysterical in the street”  as neighbors congregated outside following the gunfire.

A woman who was at home said she heard the shots. There was also gunfire in the same area about two weeks ago, she said. “It’s very dangerous here,” she said.

* This post had been updated.

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