Two gang-related shootings in Venice and the Del Rey area Sunday, August 15th, ended in three deaths.
VENICE SHOOTING — Three Hispanic men in their early 20s were shot multiple times in the upper torso as they waited in a vehicle at the Venice intersection of Main Street and Venice Boulevard near Windward Circle.
The incident occurred at 12:45 p.m., a block east of the crowded Venice Beach boardwalk.
“The victims were definitely not gang members, but they could have been mistaken for gang members,” said Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Detective Mike DePasquali, of the Pacific Area Homicide Division.
Two of the victims died at the scene.
The third victim was taken to a local hospital and is listed in guarded condition, DePasquali said.
According to police, two suspects in a burgundy Mercedes-Benz drove up next to the victims’ Chevrolet Camaro, fired several shots into the Camaro and drove away.
Pacific Area patrol officers later spotted the suspects’ vehicle on La Tijera Boulevard near the San Diego Freeway.
The suspects were arrested and jailed and will likely face murder charges, according to police.
DePasquali said the two suspects are Hispanic men in their mid 20s and are known gang members with prior police records.
DEL REY SHOOTING — In Del Rey, Jose Lujano, 20, was shot multiple times in the upper torso and died at the scene.
Lujano was standing in the parking lot of a laundry facility at approximately 3:10 p.m. at the intersection of Culver Boulevard and Slauson Avenue.
Two suspects in this incident are still at large.
According to police, two Hispanic men walked up to Lujano, fired several shots, got into an early-model faded black Honda and left the scene eastbound on Culver Boulevard.
“Lujano is not in our gang files, but he could also have been mistaken for being a gang member,” DePasquali said.
DePasquali said Lujano was dressed in gang-style clothing. The location is known for gang activity.
Homicide detectives said they did not know if the Venice and Del Rey incidents are related to each other.
However, the motives behind each incident are gang-related, DePasquali alleged.
The police department is asking anyone with information to call (310) 202-4506 or a 24-hour toll free hotline at (877) 529-3855.