Westchester Park Shooting

WESTCHESTER - A suspect in a shooting that took place near Westchester Park that left at least one person injured Friday night is still at large, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The shooting took place around 9 p.m. near Manchester Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue - the same location two men were wounded during a shooting in early May. Westchester Park is also home to Bonin's westside Council District 11 office.

Police said they believe the Friday night shooting--as well as the May shooting-- was gang-related.

According to one neighbor in the area, kids were playing in a backyard when they heard a ping from a shell that bounced off their gutter.

Violent crime in the area is rising along with encampments, a statistic noted by the Pacific Division Police Department and Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore.

Last June, Moore told the Police Commission that the city had experienced a 50 percent increase in shooting victims compared to the same period last year. Moore also said that overall violent crime and aggravated assaults had increased with the some of the largest jumps in the Pacific area.

Moore added that there is "significant involvement" of homeless people in aggravated assaults, both as victims and as offenders.

Safe Parking and RV parking at the park is accredited for the significant uptick in encampments. At last count, there are 91 tents at the park--that's compared to just a handful the same time a year ago.

During a town hall meeting in April where more than 450 residents were on hand to express concerns about a proposal to use parts of the park for homeless housing, a community member said the park had received 60 calls to law enforcement in just two months.

During the same meeting, another Westchester resident described his six-year old daughter being accosted by a mentally ill homeless man, resulting in her no longer wanting to leave their home.

In a recent report by Sue Pascoe, publisher of Circling the News, a teenage girl and a woman were physically attacked by two homeless men in the ladies restroom.

Residents in the area say something has to be done about the growing encampments and the noticeable uptick in crime. 

There has been no official statement from Bonin's office about Friday's shooting. 

The Venice Current requested more details from LAPD and is waiting for a response.