On Dec. 15, a gunman opened fire in a popular shopping area of the Fairfax District, killing one and leaving another hospitalized in critical condition. The shooting occurred shortly before 1 p.m. on the 7600 block of Melrose Avenue near the Stanley Avenue intersection, according to Officer Rosario Cervantes of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
While the circumstances of the shooting were not immediately clear, Cervantes said it seemed like the victims were standing outside when a man in his 20’s approached them on foot, fired multiple shots, and then fled the scene. The intersection where the shooting occurred is nestled between a Starbucks, Urban Outfitters and several other retail shops. A possible motive for the shooting remains unknown, according to the LAPD.
Davonte W. Clepper, 28-years-old, sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s records. A second victim, in his 20’s, was also struck by gun fire. According to police, he was taken to a hospital for treatment and is listed in serious condition, police said. His name was withheld.
LAPD describe the suspect as a male black without further description, last seen fleeing the scene on foot. A spokesperson with the West Bureau Homicide told the Courier that the case is under investigation.
Anyone with information on this shooting is being encouraged to contact the West Bureau Homicide investigators at 213-382-9470. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu. Tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.