— Compiled by Gary Walker

Halloween Dispute Turns Deadly  in Mar Vista

An argument between two men last Saturday in Mar Vista ended with one of them shot dead and the other claiming self-defense, according to police.

Police responded to the 3600 block of Purdue Avenue at 10:47 a.m. on Oct. 31 after receiving a call from a neighbor about the two men arguing, LAPD Homicide Bureau Lt. John Radtke said.

Venice resident Orrin Michael Halpern, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene from a single gunshot wound to the chest, Lt. Frank Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said.

Radtke said the shooter was taken into custody but released the same day, as prosecutors have not filed charges because the shooter is making a self-defense claim.

“Apparently, there was an assault before the shooting, and we’re investigating that claim as well,” he said.

Radtke said police also questioned and released a woman who appeared to be at the center of the dispute, but he did not say what if
any relationship that she had with either man.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked contact homicide investigators at (213) 382-9470.


Oakwood Gang Injunction Heats Up

In response to recent confrontations between police and African-American residents in the Oakwood neighborhood of Venice, a local nonprofit will host a town hall meeting about the local gang injunction and recent accusations of police harassment.

The event will be hosted by the Helper Foundation, a nonprofit that evolved from the Venice 2000 gang intervention organization created by former Venice Neighborhood Council member Stan Muhammad.

Police and city officials have been invited to attend, Muhammad said.

The town hall is set for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave., Venice. Call (310) 925-2071 or email smuhammad@helperfoundation.org.