Police investigating possible links in Monrovia and Duarte drive-by shootings

By Nathan McIntire (Pasadena Star News)
Posted: 01/29/2010 04:48:27 PM PST

Police were trying to determine Friday whether a shooting on Magnolia Avenue that wounded a man was related to another shooting in nearby unincorporated Duarte minutes later.

In the first incident, a dark-colored sedan veered onto the wrong side of Magnolia near Genoa Street and pulled alongside a black man in his late 20s walking on the sidewalk at about 9:10 p.m. Thursday.

Monrovia police Lt. Zeke Cerecerez said the driver, a Latino man, shouted an obscenity about the Duroc Crips before firing, hitting the man in the thigh and hip. He described the injuries as non-life-threatening flesh wounds.

“We do know the shooter was the driver of the vehicle,” Cerecerez said. “That leads me to believe he was the only occupant in the car.”

Police were investigating whether the unidentified victim is affiliated with gangs.

About five minutes later, a second drive-by shooting occurred in the unincorporated area of Duarte. A vehicle witnesses described as tan-colored fired on two structures on the 700 block of Pamela Road at about 9:15 p.m., sheriff’s Lt. Robert Craton said.

No one was hurt and investigators weren’t sure if the shooting was gang related, Craton said. Investigators have no suspect descriptions, he added.

Monrovia police Capt. Jim Hunt noted that the vehicle descriptions in the two shootings were different.

The Monrovia shooting was the first gang-related shooting in the city since police began enforcing a gang injunction earlier this month.

The injunction targets two local gangs – the Duroc Crips, a black gang, and Monrovia Nuevo Varrio, a Latino gang. Racially fuelled gang violence that flared up in the Monrovia-Duarte area in late 2007 and early 2008 led Monrovia officials to pursue the injunction.

A third gang, Duarte Eastside, was not included in the injunction because it operates primarily in Duarte. Monrovia police have said that Duarte Eastside members have increased their activities in recent months.

Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz said it was too early to judge the injunction’s effectiveness, in part because police have not yet served notices to all of the gang members named in the injunction.

“We’ve never said that the injunction was going to eliminate all gang activity,” said Lutz. “It’s a tool to help prohibit and curb it, and we’re still in the beginning stages of enforcing it.”

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