PICO RIVERA — A 16-year-old boy escaped injury Thursday after being shot at in a residential neighborhood, officials said.
The shooting took place about 8 p.m. in the 4000 block of Lindsey Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Meyer said.
The teenage victim was approached by a man who asked him, “What’s up,” before firing on him twice with a handgun, the lieutenant said. The bullets did not strike the teen.
The shooter ran north to Isora Street where he got into a black Scion coupe, Meyer said. It was not clear if a getaway driver was waiting behind the wheel.
He was described as a Latino man between 18 and 20 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, 160 pounds, wearing a black bandana over his face.
A motive in the shooting was not clear.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY >> Law enforcement officers throughout Los Angeles County are gearing up for checkpoints and extra patrols seeking intoxicated drivers this St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
Checkpoints in Whittier, Pico Rivera, Arcadia, Pasadena and the unincorporated county area of West Covina are just five of the 13 checkpoints taking place this weekend in the county, along with 87 roving DUI patrols, according to representatives of the task force of law enforcement agencies collectively known as “Avoid the 100.”
“When you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, just be smart about it,” Glendora police Chief Tim Staab said in a written statement. “If you know you’re going to drink, whether with friends at a pub or attending a party designate a sober driver ahead of time or call a taxi to make sure you get home safely.”
According to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one person died every 53 minutes in a DUI-related crash in the United States in 2011.
“Most of these crashes involved drunk drivers who had blood-alcohol concentrations of .15 or higher, almost twice the legal limit of .08,” the task force statement said.
Whittier police are planning a checkpoint Friday night into Saturday morning within Whittier, according to Whittier police Sgt. Rob Hanson.
Pasadena police are also planning checkpoint Friday, as well as extra patrols to seek DUI drivers on St. Patrick’s Day, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said.
Arcadia police have announced plans to hold a checkpoint late Saturday into early Saturday within that city, Arcadia police Sgt. Brett Bourgeous said.
Sheriff’s deputies in Pico Rivera and California Highway Patrol officers in the unincorporated county area near West Covina will also hold a checkpoint late Saturday into Sunday, according to officials from each agency.
All of the checkpoints and additional patrols are being funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
PICO RIVERA >> Deputies sought a group of attackers in a small SUV who shot and wounded another man in a residential neighborhood late Friday.
A 20-year-old suffered a single gunshot wound to his back in the 8 p.m. shooting at Calico Avenue and Ibsen Street, near the Pio Pico Elementary School and Playground, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Meyer said.
He was approached by four male attackers in an older-model, brown or gold, small SUV, similar to a GMC Jimmy, the lieutenant said.
The occupants of the SUV yelled out “Pico Nuevo,” the name of a local street gang — before opening fire with a small-caliber handgun, officials said. The SUV had chrome rims and a black roof rack. It was last seen eastbound on Ibsen Street.
The wounded man was conscious and speaking when taken to a hospital for treatment, Meyer said. An update on his condition was not available.
The shooting was being investigated by deputies from the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station.
PICO RIVERA — A man suffered was wounded in a shooting outside a funeral home during a Rosary service late Friday but refused to cooperate with investigators regarding the attack, officials said.
The shooting too place about 7:30 p.m. outside Funeraria del Angel – Morrow’s, 9107 East Washington Blvd., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Dianna Woodward said.
Mourners were at the funeral home for a service for a person described as an associate of an out-of-town street gang, the sergeant said. She did not know how the person died.
“While inside, they heard approximately 10 to 15 gunshots from outside,” she said.
A 31-year-old man was found suffering from “at least one gunshot wound to his upper torso,” and was taken to a hospital where he was listed in stable condition, Woodward said.
“He refused to give us any information,” she said. Deputies found no witnesses to saw the shooting.
It was believed the shots were fired from a passing vehicle, however no further details were available.
PICO RIVERA — Two men punched a woman in the face to steal her cell phone early Thursday, officials said.
The violent robbery took place just before 2:20 a.m. at Rosemead and Whittier boulevards, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Meyer said.
A 41-year-old Pico Rivera woman was walking north along Rosemead Boulevard when she was approached from an unknown direction by two men, the lieutenant said.
“One suspect punched her in the face and she fell to the ground,” Meyer said. The robbers proceeded to pull the woman’s cell phone from her purse before running off.
The woman had redness to her face but declined to be taken to a hospital, Meyer added.
The robbers were Latino men in their early-20s, of average build, between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, Meyer said. One wore a black baseball cap.
PICO RIVERA — Deputies are planning to check motorists for sobriety and valid drivers’ licenses during a checkpoint Friday.
The checkpoint will take place from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within Pico Rivera, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
Well-publicized checkpoints have been shows to decrease alcohol-related crashes by an average of 20 percent, officials said.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
PICO RIVERA — A house occupied by a family, including three children, was struck by gunfire in drive-by shooting Thursday afternoon, though no injuries were reported, authorities said.
The attack took place about 4:230 p.m. in the 8800 block of Coolhurst Drive, just northwest of Rosemead Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Meyer said.
Five to seven shots struck the house, but hit no one inside, the lieutenant said. Five to seven bullets struck the home.
The shots were fired by someone inside a passing white vehicle, Meyer said. No further description was available.
Sheriff’s gang detectives were investigating the shooting, he said.
PICO RIVERA — Authorities asked the public’s help Wednesday in tracking down a missing 17-year-old boy who ran away two weeks ago.
Tyler James Wilson of Pico Rivera was last seen about 7:30 a.m. Nov. 27 at the Northgate Market, 9101 Telegraph Road in Pico Rivera, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement. He has a medical condition for which he requires medication.
He was with his mother at the market when he ran away, officials said.
“Missing person Wilson became upset and walked away from the location, southbound and out of view,” according to the statement. “He has not been seen or heard from since that time.”
While Wilson has run away in the past, he has never gone missing for this length of time, authorities added.
He’s described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 170 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He has a scar on his left arm, and was last seen wearing black jeans, a light blue T-shirt with a “Texas” logo in American flag style and black converse shoes.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station at 562-949-2421.
PHOTO of Tyler James Wilson courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Sheriff’s officials are planning to screen drivers for sobriety and valid drivers’ licenses during checkpoints Friday and Saturday in Pico Rivera and La Mirada, authorities said.
Deputies from the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station are planning a checkpoint from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within Pico Rivera, sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
Deputies from the sheriff’s Norwalk Station are planning another checkpoint from 7 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday at an undisclosed location within La Mirada, officials added.
The checkpoints are being funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
PICO RIVERA — Deputies are continuing to hunt for suspects and are seeking the public’s help in connection with a spike of burglaries in the parking lot of a Pico Rivera gym, officials said.
One suspect was jailed Tuesday in connection with one of the 30 or so vehicle burglaries reported over the past six months in the parking lot of L.A. Fitness at Washington and Rosemead Boulevards, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Van Damme said. Eight break-ins have been reported in the past three weeks alone.
Another suspect in the string of burglaries has been recorded on surveillance tape, he said, though detectives asked the public’s help in determining his identity.
Detectives Tuesday jailed a 21-year-old man at his Van Nuys home late Tuesday after he was linked to a Nov. 10 car burglary outside the gym, Van Damme said. Surveillance camera images captured the license plate of his car and his image as he took part in the break-in, along with two other accomplices, the sergeant said.
David Zulalyan was booked on suspicion of auto theft and was released from custody after posting $20,000 bail, according to sheriff’s officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
And detectives Wednesday released images of another man sought for a Nov. 15 burglary in the parking lot as he used a stolen credit card at a Montebello store within hours of the crime, Van Damme said. He was described as a Latino man between 18 and 25 years old, and a Chevrolet Uplander SUV was linked to the burglary as well.
Deputies keeping watch over the parking lot Friday afternoon briefly chased two men they spotted burglarizing a car in the L.A. Fitness Parking, however the thieves ultimately eluded deputies during the chase.
Anyone with information was asked to contact sheriff’s Deputy Chris Lopez at 562-949-2421, ext. 5523.