Shooting in Pico Neighborhood
By Jorge Casuso
September 29 – Police are looking for two men in connection with a drive-by shooting Tuesday afternoon behind Edison Elementary School in the Pico Neighborhood that left one victim injured, police said.
The suspects’ car was headed eastbound on Virginia Avenue across from the school playground at around 4:30 p.m. when one of he men opened fire on two male victims standing outside a building at 2425 Virginia Avenue, police said.
Fourteen shots were fired and one of the victims sustained an injury to the area above his lip when he ran from the scene to safety, police said.
“We don’t believe the wound was the result of a gunshot,” said Police Chief James T. Butts Jr., who went to the scene. “It was possibly (sustained) by falling.”
Police are looking for a compact dark grey vehicle that was last seen heading eastbound from the site of the shooting, Butts said.
A flag football league game was underway when the shooting took place, Butts said. The dozen or so students participating were taken into the school auditorium.
“We locked down,” Butts said. “That was the only thing going on at the school.”
Police cordoned off several blocks around the school as a news helicopter circled overhead. An investigation is underway.
“We’re collecting shell casings and looking for trajectories,” Butts said. “A number of witnesses are being interviewed.”
Police do not yet know if the shooting was gang-related.
“We have a smattering of gang members,” Butts said. “But my opinion is that if this is gang related, it’s somebody from outside the area.”
One of the suspects is identified as a Hispanic man in his twenties with a thin build. The other is only identified as a male Hispanic.
The area around Edison Elementary Police has been
the scene of several violent incidents during the past year.
In January, some three dozen concerned parents, who had not been notified
about the incident by the district, attended a meeting with police and
school officials to find out the events that led to the lockdown and what
measures were being taken to avoid similar incidents in the future.
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