NELA Councilmember Gil Cedillo and the Los Angeles Police Department will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, June 5 to discuss concerns and issues in Highland Park. The meeting will be at St. Ignatius Catholic Church at 322 N. Avenue 61 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a lot to talk about, including these recent shootings in the neighborhood:
A shooting on Wednesday, May 2, at 9:45 p.m, when shots were fired from a car in the 5400 block of Figueroa St into a car in the next lane. No one was hit. As of press time at the end of May, no arrests had been made. Police are actively investigating leads in the shooting, which they believe was gang-related.
A fatal drive by shooting of Alfred Raymond Montes, 43, on N. Avenue 52 near Monte Vista, on Monday, May 7 around 5:15 p.m. As of press time at the end of May, no arrests had been made. Police continue to investigate leads in the shooting, which they believe was gang-related. A spokesperson for the LAPD told the Boulevard Sentinel that Mr. Montes was a resident of Highland Park, but that other biographical details were not “immediately available.”
Reports of gunshots fired at or near Highland Park Recreation Center on Piedmont Avenue (near Figueroa St and N. Ave 61) on Friday, May 18, around 3:30 p.m. No injuries were reported. As of press time at the end of May, no arrests had been made. Police continue to investigate leads in the incident, which they believe was gang-related.
The ongoing investigation of a car-to-car shooting involving occupants of a stolen car and two officers in a police car. The shooting occurred on Monday, May 21, shortly after midnight, when police who began pursuing a stolen car at Avenue 52 and Figueroa came under fire. The pursuit ended when the officers lost control of their police car and collided with the curb at Avenue 50 and Aldama Street. A short distance from the traffic collision, the suspects’ vehicle and a loaded shotgun were recovered. Two suspects were taken into custody.
Calling the Cops
There are many ways to reach the LAPD if you have information about the recent shootings in Highland Park or other crimes.
During business hours at (213) 486-5230;
During non-business hours or on weekends at (877)-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247);
Anonymously 24-hours a day to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or by texting “LAPD” and your tip to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S); or
Online at www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.”
– Wendy Newell and T.A. Hendrickson
T.A. Hendrickson, a native of Eagle Rock, is the editor of the Boulevard Sentinel, and a former member of the Editorial Board of the New York Times. Hendrickson is committed to local news reporting and to finding a way forward for local news outlets in today's challenging media markets.