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LAPD Gang Unit: Pedestrian on Figueroa Threatened with Shotgun

Police are investigating an incident in which gang members allegedly pulled a shotgun on a 42-year-old man on Figueroa and Avenue 54.

LAPD Gang Unit detectives are investigating an incident in which members of a local gang allegedly pointed a shotgun at a pedestrian.

According to Gang Unit supervisor Richard Ortiz, a 42-year-old man was walking near Avenue 54 and Figueroa Street on Friday, June 29, at around 1:30 a.m. when we has approached by two men in a vehicle.

"The victim heard the breaks of a car screech, so he turned around," Ortiz said. He was confronted by a couple of guys who were in the car, who pointed the shotgun at him and asked 'where are you from?' The man responded by saying, 'nowhere,' and the guys in the car drove off."

Although no shots were fired, according to Ortiz, the victim reported hearing the suspects cock the shotgun.

The victim, who police said is not a gang member, was unable to provide description of the suspects that contained any distinguishing details of their appearance.

Police are currently investigating the incident they believe to be gang-related because of the nature of the suspects' question.

Ortiz said that gang members tend to confront unfamiliar individuals and ask where they are from to determine if they are affiliated with a rival gang.

M.S. July 05, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Last night my neighbor was shooting off fireworks at 11:30at night. I came out to walk the dog, and saw him and a coupe of friends doing it in front of my lawn. I said, "Guys, it's close to midnight and tomorrow is a work day. Can you stop this?" He said, " where are you from? Armenia. Go back to Armenia." i live on a very nice street inEagle Rock, and i refuse to be intimidated in my own neighborhood. If you have advice on how to better handle situations like this, please do tell.
Ajay Singh July 05, 2012 at 04:50 PM
M.S.: You could complain to the public safety director at the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, whose contact details can be found here: http://alturl.com/wj6qw
M.S. July 12, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Thank you, Ajay. I will look into it.
Diablo October 10, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Buy a gun. Learn how to shoot it.

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