A 21-year-old man remains in critical condition after a drive-by shooting that also wounded another man in Venice early Sunday, June 13th, police said.
Los Angeles Police Department Pacific division detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspects wanted in connection with the shooting.
Police were called at about 2 a.m. to the 2400 block of Louella Street, south of Venice Boulevard in Venice, where they found two men, ages 21 and 18, with gunshot wounds.
LAPD Pacific Det. Mark Morgan said police believe the two victims had attempted to attend an invitation-only after-prom party on the block but were turned away and headed back toward their vehicle.
When the two men were standing on the sidewalk near their vehicle, at least two suspects pulled up in a dark-colored SUV and allegedly shot at the victims, striking both of them, Morgan said. It was unclear if any words were exchanged between the groups.
The suspects’ vehicle immediately drove away from the scene and was last seen traveling westbound on Zanja Street.
Both victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment, where the 21-year-old, who was shot in the head, remains in critical condition, Morgan said. The 18-year-old, who suffered a graze wound to the head, was released later that night, he said.
The victims are not believed to be gang members, he said. Police say they are searching for at least two suspects in the shooting but do not have a description.
Police believe there is a probability that the incident was gang-related but the motive has not been confirmed, Morgan said.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact LAPD Pacific homicide detectives at (310) 482-6369, or (310) 482-6377 during weekends and off-hours.