Just before 9 p.m. Sunday, shortly after the Super Bowl ended, an unidentified person was shot at and injured in East Los Angeles, near Atlantic and Whittier. The events leading up to the altercation and any associated motive are unknown.
It’s suspected that the person who fired the gun shot from inside of their own vehicle and into the victim’s car. The victim was transported to a hospital with injuries, though these injuries are not expected to be life-threatening, according to officials.
According to Fox News, the injured victim had approached some of the law enforcement officers near an intersection. At approximately 8:50 p.m. the victim requested aid, as noted by LA County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Deputy Tracy Koerner.
No arrest has been announced, though ABC7 Los Angeles reports that the public gathering associated with the East L.A. shooting, as well as the shooting itself, occured after the Super Bowl ended. Regardless, whether the shooting was associated with the football game remains unclear.
No description of the assailant is presently publicly available.
According to CBS Los Angeles, the Sky2 was over the scene as the victim was being loaded into an ambulance. The Los Angeles County Fire Department and the California Highway Patrol were both at the scene of the incident, and fire crews are noted to have aided the victim and transported them to the hospital.
This event occurred in the midst of a lot of violent and destructive behavior within Los Angeles, and these actions are likely as a result of the Sunday Super Bowl game.
Large crowds were additionally seen surrounding moving vehicles, setting off fireworks, climbing signs, and a number of other activities that resulted in multiple streets being shut down. Additionally, LAPD shut down several ramps coming from the 110 Freeway.
In addition to this, a group was also seen tagging and marking an empty Metro bus with graffiti. Another bus was vandalized as well.
Burglars were seen on camera breaking into a number of stores, including breaking into a jewelry store by shattering the door and destroying its counters. According to the owner of the store, jewelry was stolen.
Other stores did not necessarily avoid the vandalism, as a Hyperstore on Broadway and 5th Street was also noted as being subject to a break in. For now, there are no reports on losses or damages.
Officers also arrested a suspect who was seen driving their car in “donuts” on Figueroa and 11th, after pulling over the vehicle and finding a loaded handgun inside of the car.
In a statement on Twitter just after 10:30 p.m, the LAPD announced, “We are seeing violent and destructive behavior by large crowds in the heart of the Downtown LA area. We have issued several dispersal orders and have a large police presence.”
Additionally, the LAPD instructed that, “Everyone that is part of those crowds, obey all dispersal orders and clear the streets immediately.”
The LAPD declared the large crowds to be unlawful assembly after the groups turned violent and resisted attempts at dispersal. Any involved in criminal actions, as well as those who failed to obey police orders were subject to arrest.
At least 19 locations were vandalized, according to police, and investigators are expected to review surveillance footage in order to identify further suspects. At the moment, an exact number of arrests is unknown.
Despite the bullet-wounded victim in East L.A, no serious injuries in the Downtown area have been noted.
The LAPD reports that the crowds following the Super Bowl were smaller than those that followed 2020 victories, one of these being Lakers winning the NBA title and the Dodgers winning the World Series.
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