Two Killed In Separate East L.A. Shootings

By EGP Staff Report

Sheriff’s deputies aren’t saying much about the two separate shootings incidents at two different locations in East Los Angeles last weekend, other than they are under investigation.

The blood shed started last Friday at about 4:22 p.m., when a 17-year old boy was killed and another teenager wounded by a man who got out of a sedan and just started shooting at them, according to coroner’s investigator Joyce Kato.

Samuel Ramirez of Los Angeles and another boy-age 15- were standing on the corner of Ditman Avenue and Sixth Street when a four-door white Dodge Charger stopped in front of them, authorities said. Several men got out and one opened fire, hitting both boys. The suspect and the other men got back inside the car and sped away westbound on Sixth Street, authorities said.

The boys were taken to a hospital where Ramirez was pronounced dead and the 15-year-old underwent treatment for his injuries, authorities said.

Two days later and about two miles from the site of Friday’s shooting, a man was shot to death and a woman wounded in a drive-by shooting, authorities said.

The shooting occurred next to a taco truck parked on Whittier Boulevard and Kern Avenue around 10:45 p.m. Sunday, said Lt. C. Parga of the L.A. County Sheriff’s East Los Angeles Station.

A dark vehicle with men inside was last seen driving southbound on Whittier Boulevard, away from the crime scene, Parga said.

Parga said the two victims in the drive-by were taken to the hospital. The male victim, who appeared to be in his 20s, died Monday at 1:35 a.m., said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. His name was withheld pending notification of relatives.

On Tuesday, Supervisor Gloria Molina’s director of field operations, Martha Molina Aviles, told EGP that the supervisor is concerned and that her office met with East L.A. Station Captain James P. Wolak, who informed them he has assigned a special until to follow up on the two shootings incidents.

However, according to Molina Aviles, they believe the shootings “are isolated incidents.” She said they are “working with the sheriff as we normally do.”

Molina’s staff director pointed out that the supervisor’s office pays for three extra teams of officers and two patrol cars to add more coverage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. She told EGP the teams check on parties and if it’s necessary, shuts them down.

Authorities are being tight-lipped, only saying the incidents are under investigation and they can’t say if the shootings are connected or gang-related.

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