Crime & Justice

2 downtown LA shootings within 1 block over last 2 nights

A 50-year-old man was seriously wounded in a downtown shooting, at least the second in as many nights, police said today.

"We've had two shootings, one block apart, over the last two nights," said Lt. Paul Vernon of the Central Detective Division. "It's difficult to say whether the two shootings are related." He added that detectives were comparing ballistics reports.

A blue van drove by the entrance to the Huntington Hotel at 752 S. Main St. about 11 p.m. Thursday and at least one occupant inside fired several rounds.

By the time police arrived, all parties had scattered, but patrol officers detained two men a block away for questioning. No arrests had been reported as of 7:45 a.m.

"We don't see very many shootings downtown at all," said Vernon. "So we take every shooting very seriously, and we solve the majority of them."

There have been seven "shots fired" incidents downtown this year to date compared with four for the same period last year, according to police. In those shootings, five people were injured, one fatally.

Police asked anyone with more information to call Detective Thayer Lake at (213) 842-0727.