|THERE BETTER be a good explanation for this.|
9:30pm: At least 2 police helicopters have been circling an area around Sunnynook Drive in central Atwater Village. Searchlights on, supported by a handful of LAPD street cruisers.
9:40pm: Voice from the sky proclaims to us all something like, "Turn off your lights. Go inside. Lock your doors." We did.
9:50pm: Are there 3 more copters up there? A bit higher, might be TV.
10:00pm: A couple of helicopters remain, no searchlights, hovering in place.
10:04pm: KCAL 9 reports a boy, 17, gunned down in Atwater Village. Police on the hunt for 2 men seen running away from the scene on Glenmanor Place.
10:10pm: FOX 11 reports from above; 9:15pm LAPD gets report of shots fired in 2900 block of Glenmanor Place; 17-year-old boy with gunshot wound to head; paramedics pronounce victim dead on scene; officers combing entire neighborhood; "very large perimeter set up."
10:20pm: Quiet again. Choppers gone. Neighbors out walking dogs. But ... should they?
10:35pm: KCAL/CBS has video online.
7:30am the next day: ABC 7 now saying the victim was "a 20-year-old gang member" shot "once in the head and declared dead at the scene" by a suspect "described as a man about 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall."
2:30pm the next day: CBS/KCAL now saying the victim was 19-year-old Joey Romo.
(Is it worth noting this is the second Romo kid killed in 4 years? Michael "Mikey" Romo, a recent high-school grad at the time, was gunned down gunned down Dec. 31, 2005.)
5:00pm the next day: LAist is saying the late Joey Romo was in "an argument" on the block when the shooting happened.
10:00pm the next day: LAPD Captain Bill Murphy calls it a "gang-related homicide" and reports "numerous shots were fired." He's asking for witnesses to call Northeast Homicide, (213) 847-4261.
More: Chatter on the AVNC forum.