Community Meeting Called After Silver Lake Shooting & Lack of a Timely Police Response
Shots rang out in Silver Lake yesterday afternoon. The suspects and intended targets fled safely, but residents were clearly shocked. "It took 20 minutes for LAPD Rampart Division to show up after four 911 calls," says a flyer about tonight's meeting in response to the recent escalation in violence around Sunset Junction. "Since the shooting took place on the east side of Sunset, they claimed they could not do anything. It took LAPD Northeast Division officers 40 minutes to show up. This is shocking to us."The shooting happened on the backside of Dangerbird Records, which suffered two bullet holes. One of the employee's cars was also hit. Tonight at 6 p.m. the company is hosting a public meeting, inviting everyone out, including City Councilmembers Eric Garcetti and Tom LaBonge and the LAPD. If they will appear is yet to be known, but the neighborhood is taking action swiftly anyway. "As a community we MUST demand better protection for ourselves, our neighborhood, our customers. Period," the flyer reads.
Tonight's meeting will take place at 6 p.m. inside Dangerbird. As seen last year, the Silver Lake community doesn't react well when they see crime spike. A handful of street robberies last year prompted press conferences, neighborhood outreach and meetings.