Only minutes in from walking my dog by the light of the full moon and just seconds away from powering down for the evening and suddenly a block away on Silver Lake Boulevard south of Sunset just erupted in a hail of gunfire ó somewhere near 20 rounds from two different caliber weapons over a span of time that seemed like an endless 15
hours seconds. I pulled a Shocknek* and hit the hardwood. I’ve never dove for cover in my life until tonight.
Scant moments and a 911 call later (“Do you hear anyone screaming, sir?”) and the eerie silence and lack of converging sirens make me wonder if the gun battle was all in my head or, if not, what I might find when I dare walk the dog in the morning.
* When the 1987 Whittier quake struck, then-KNBC news anchorman Kent Shocknek was on the air and jumped under the desk where he continued broadcasting.
Update (11:22 p.m.): 46 minutes after the shots, here come the sirens. Now more sirens. And a helicopter. Guess I can get up off the floor now. Sleep won’t be for awhile though.
Update (07:30 a.m.): Here’s what I found in the morning at the apartment building on the east side of Silver Lake Boulevard at Ellet Place just south of the Sunset Boulevard overpass. As the crow flies its about 500 feet from where I was sitting.
Surprise! It’s gang related. My guess is bangers from SL caught the C35ers and opened up on them. No blood, but one small caliber bullet hole at an extreme angle is indicated by the arrow.
This bullet hole from a much bigger gun is in the stucco wall of the building about 15 feet north of the garage door. Fortunately on the other side is storage space and not someone’s apartment.