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Christmas Day Shootout In Echo Park: 1 Dead, 3 Injured

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An Echo Park shooting on Christmas Day near Sunset and Innes Avenue left one person dead and three others injured. LAPD responded to a call about 11:45 a.m. Saturday and found 18-year-old Cesar Frank Guerrero Jr. dead in a car nearly a mile away, in the same alley off Baxter Street where Michael Lezay was found in 2007, according to The Eastsider.

Witnesses reported hearing gunshots after a white Honda, discovered later to have been stolen from Monterey Park, pulled up to a house on Innes Avenue. Seven people were detained for questioning and a gun was recovered at the scene. Authorities are not sure if the shooting was gang related and no motive has yet been determined.

According to Echo Park Patch, the altercation began between a group of men in the white Honda and a group of three pedestrians. All three pedestrians are being treated for injuries; Guerrero, who moved from the neighborhood to Bell Gardens two years ago, was abandoned in the vehicle.