In Los Angeles it’s almost a given that you’re going to hear about bad things happening all the time. Gang violence this, car chase that, it’s a sad fact, but it’s not so common that I run across one of these crime scenes myself. That’s exactly what I did yesterday morning on my way to work though. I normally drive down Catalina to get to the office, but yesterday found Catalina blocked with police tape and multiple squad cars, the entire block crawling with officers. It wasn’t until later in the day that this post at the LAPD blog was pointed out to me.
On February 8, 2007, at approximately 7:35 a.m., Eugene Robinson, 34, was found lying on the street, near the 100 block of South Catalina Street.¬† He was bleeding from the mouth and with a gunshot wound to the chest.¬†
Nearby residents heard gunshots at approximately 1:00 a.m.¬† Los Angeles paramedics responded and pronounced Robinson dead at the scene.
That means that after being shot around 1 in the morning, the guy laid on the street for more than 6 hours before he was discovered. If the memorial that I saw on the way to work is any indication, he lay right on the sidewalk where I used to walk back and forth to work for a year. The LAPD blog goes on to ask for any information anyone might have about the shooting.
In the pic I snapped on the way to work today you can see two people standing at the tree surrounded by candles and such.