A Los Angeles man is in intensive care after being shot several times by two assailants in Venice Saturday, July 7th.
Eric Lorenzo, 20, of Los Angeles was leaving Lincoln Liquor Locker at approximately 6 p.m. in the 2400 block of Lincoln Boulevard when two men fired, leaving the victim bleeding on the ground from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
The shooters are believed by police to be male Latinos in their early to mid-20s. They were seen fleeing in a car eastbound on Zanja Street, south of Venice Boulevard.
Police cordoned off the area on Lincoln from Washington Boulevard to Venice Boulevard for several hours while they investigated the shooting.
Detective Mike DePasquale of the LAPD Pacific Division said police believe the shooting was gang-related. Police did not disclose whether Lorenzo belonged to a gang.
“The victim is not from the area, so it could have been a case of mistaken identity,” he surmised.
There was no confirmed description of the vehicle that the two alleged shooters used in their getaway, said the detective.
“We know that there were witnesses, since it was at 6 o’clock on a Saturday afternoon on Lincoln Boulevard,” he said.
A woman who lives near Lincoln Boulevard said she heard several shots around 6 p.m.
“I heard a loud, rapid firing, like a firecracker,” said the resident, who asked not to be identified. “Some of the bullets even went into a nail spa close to the liquor store.”
“It has been a few years since anything like this has happened here,” the resident said. “[The gunfire] really got my attention.”
Lorenzo was taken to UCLA Medical Center, where at Argonaut press time he remained in critical condition.
The investigation into the shooting is still ongoing, said DePasquale.
Police are requesting anyone with information on the shooting to contact the Pacific Division Station at (310) 482-6316. Callers who provide information can remain anonymous.