A 21 year-old man who was shot in a drive-by shooting June 13 has died, according to a family friend.
Michael McGuire died the following day at Marina del Rey Hospital after suffering gunshot wounds to the head, his former employer Aaron Tolchin told The Argonaut June 17th.
“He was a great kid,” said Tolchin, who employed McGuire at the Marina Fitness Center when Tolchin was the manager there. “He worked the front desk for me for three years and I never had any problems with him.”
According to Pacific Division detectives, McGuire and an unidentified 18 year-old man were believed to have attempted to gain access to an after-hours prom party on the night that he was killed.
Police were called at about 2 a.m. to the 2400 block of Louella Street, south of Venice Boulevard in Venice, where they found McGuire and the other victim, with gunshot wounds.
At least two suspects pulled up in a dark-colored SUV and allegedly shot at the victims, striking both of them, as they attempted to return to their car, said LAPD Det. Michael Morgan.
The suspects’ vehicle immediately drove away from the scene and was last seen traveling westbound on Zanja Street.
Tolchin said he also knew McGuire’s brother Bobby, and the family was planning to have a memorial for the deceased near Venice Beach, as McGuire was reportedly an avid surfer. The memorial is planned for early next month, said Tolchin.
The 18-year-old victim, who suffered a graze wound to the head, was released later that night, said Morgan.
Police believe the shooting was gang-related, but Morgan said that has yet to be confirmed.
Tolchin was adamant that his former employee was not in a gang.
“He was a great kid,” he repeated. “He was a really hard worker.
Anyone who has additional information regarding this incident, which is now a homicide, is encouraged to contact LAPD Pacific homicide detectives at (310) 482-6369, or (310) 482-6377 during weekends and off-hours.