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Police Respond to Shooting, Vandalism Suspect in Historic Core

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, May 21, 2010, at 12:44AM
LAPD Night Eric Richardson [Flickr]

A male in his 50's was shot on this stretch of 7th street late Thursday evening.

A man in his 50's was hospitalized in critical but stable condition late Thursday night after a shooting at 7th and Main. Witnesses reported several shots fired by people on the street around 11pm.

It was the second incident to bring a major police response in the Historic Core. A circling LAPD helicopter and officers on the ground worked together to corner a vandalism suspect near Winston and Los Angeles just over a half hour earlier. That suspect was taken into custody.

The 7th street shooting, which took place on the south side of the street between Spring and Main, came just one day after the occupants of a vehicle fired shots into the Huntington Hotel at 8th and Main. No injuries were reported.

At the scene on Thursday night's shooting, Lt. Paul Vernon said it's unlikely the two incidents are related, given the differences in how each took place.

Several individuals were detained after Thursday night's shooting, but Vernon said that it was too early to say whether they were suspects.

The spate of violent incidents, which also included the Tuesday stabbing of a Los Angeles firefighter outside the Cecil Hotel, goes against a trend toward lower crime numbers. As of last week, total year-to-date violent crime was down 23% from 2009 in LAPD's Central Division, which covers most of Downtown.


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