La Puente man shot while taking out trash

LA PUENTE — Someone yelled out a gang name and opened fire on a man taking out the trash in front of his home Wednesday, hitting the man twice in leg.
The drive-by shooting occurred about 1:50 p.m. in front of a house at Amar Road and Melham Avenue in an unincorporated county area near La Puente.
The wounded 20-year-old man was shot twice in the leg, said his uncle, who asked that his name not be published for fear of retaliation.
The nephew and two of his friends were doing some cleaning at the home prior to the attack, the uncle said.
“They were taking out some trash… and there were like five shots,” he said.
At least one man in the car yelled out the name of a Bassett street gang during the incident, he added.
Two or more attackers fled southbound on Melham Avenue in a dark-colored compact car, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Rico Sandoval said.
The wounds did not appear to be life-threatening, he added.
A minivan parked in front of the home had two bullet holes in it. The home’s wall also had one bullet hole.
“The other two are in my nephew’s leg,” the uncle said.
The uncle said his nephew was not involved with gangs.
“I don’t know what happened,” he said. “Why in broad daylight?”
The uncle said the shooting in the normally quiet neighborhood had him worried about the safety of his family. One of the bullets struck a wall only feet from his elderly mother’s room.
“I’ll keep an eye out,” he said. “That’s all I can do.”
Wednesday’s attack occurred about a mile away from a fatal shooting on March 28 in which attackers yelled the name of a Bassett street gang.
Oscar Reyes, a 33-year-old father and local resident, was gunned down as he stood in front of an apartment building on Cadwell Street, just west of Aileron Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
Family members said Reyes was not involved with gangs.
Gang violence often comes in surges, Sandoval said.
“Like any gang out there, sometimes their activity level rises and then drops,” Sandoval said. “It often depends on which members are currently in jail.”

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  • La Puente Unfortunate Neighbor

    So did you hear about the guy that got shot today around 8pm off Sam Gerry and Rimgrove. Ya, sucks to be a neighbor and try to come home to a blocked off house then accidentally asking the dad what had happened. LA Puente BLOWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mac

    These days innocent people don’t just get shot directly at. If it’s “gang related” then why is it news? Of course the family is going to deny it.