Witness Describes Last Night's Venice Shooting
Someone who allegedly was at last night's shooting in Venice after the Abbot Kinney Festival is making comments on Yelp and on the blog Yo Venice. Here's part of what he had to say on the blog:
I was standing 20 feet from the guy shot last night. There was no argument, just gun shots. I had just walked out of The Other Room. A friend came out after me to ask me a question. So I stopped just 20 feet south of the door. I did not see the shooting or the shooter. My buddy was facing toward the shooting. He gave his story to the cops. The guy was standing right in front of the door, facing it. When he was shot he fell straight back to the ground. He never really moved after that. We tried to keep him alive while the f’ing EMTs took over 30 to arrive. It was ridiculous. The shooter ran around the corner and got in a white mid size truck with another man driving. As for the woman, she was in her SUV in the middle of the street and was hit by a stray bullet. When she was hit she hit the accelerator and flew down the street coming to a stop in front of Hals, where she fell out of the car asking for help of the valets.
In regards to the 30-minute wait time claimed in the story, the first of several calls came in at 9:22 p.m. prompting the first ambulance to arrive on scene at 9:29 p.m according to the LA Fire Department. However, it is unknown if the LAPD held the ambulances a few blocks away until the area was cleared and deemed safe. The first transport left the scene to the hospital at 9:47 p.m. with the second one following one minute later.
The suspect is described as a male Hispanic 17-18 years of age, says the LAPD. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Pacific homicide detectives at (310) 482-6316. After hours or on weekends, call the 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855). Callers may also remain anonymous by texting “CRIMES” with a cell phone or by logging on to www.lapdonline.org and click on Web Tips. When using a cell phone always begin the message with “LAPD.”