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By Jorge Casuso

June 14, 2022 -- Police are searching for a suspect in a shooting incident that took place Sunday evening in the driveway of an apartment building in the Pico Neighborhood.

Officers who responded to multiple reports of shots fired around 7 p.m. found seven shell casings in the driveway of the building on the 1900 block of Cloverfield Boulevard, police said.

"Witnesses in the area initially heard several shots being fired," said Lt. Rudy Flores, the Police Department spokesman.

They then saw "a male subject enter a light colored (possibly white or silver) Dodge Magnum and point a firearm at a group of bystanders standing on Cloverfield Boulevard," Flores said.

The suspect then fled in his vehicle, Flores said. Neither the suspect nor his vehicle was at the scene when police arrived.

Officers found no victims and none were admitted to local hospitals, Flores he.

The suspect is described as a White or Hispanic male, approximately 6’3 with arm tattoos, wearing a blue baseball cap and dark clothing.

No victims were located at the scene or admitted to local hospitals, Flores said.

Once the focus of gang violence, the Pico neighborhood has been relatively free of violence and shootings for years.

Nearly four years ago, a similar shooting took place near the corner of 18th Street and Michigan Avenue, which was once a gang riddled corner of the Pico Neighborhood.

In that incident, police also found seven spent shell casings and no injuries were reported ("Shooting Incident in Pico Neighborhood Wednesday Evokes Memories of Bloody Gang Wars," October 12, 2018).

Police also noticed fresh graffiti in the area tied to a Culver City gang, evoking memories of earlier gang violence.

Between 1989 and 1998, the Pico Neighborhood was the scene of a bloody gang war that resulted in 22 deaths, with five taking place in the Fall of the final year ("PART III: Youth and Street Violence," December 7, 2004).

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