CD2 Member Paul Krekorian sponsored an excellent forum about the shootings that left four patrons of a local Valley Village restaurant dead.
The Colfax School auditorium was filled to capacity. The school has been gracious about opening its doors to the community. In addition to special meetings, such as last night’s, the auditorium is used for the monthly meetings of NC Valley Village and the Valley Village Homeowners Association.
The LAPD was officially represented by Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese and Deputy Chief in charge of Detectives David Doan. Personnel from LAPD’s North Hollywood division were also in attendance, including Senior Lead Officer Manny Arreygue, who is highly regarded throughout Valley Village.
The audience was shocked when it learned fifty rounds were fired, even though there is only one suspect. Chief Doan explained it is rather easy to reload and fire that many rounds. The suspect also carries indictments for arms dealing, including illegal assault weapons. No mention was made of the specific weapon used.
The city’s overtime restriction is not hampering the investigation. At least a dozen officers worked the case through the evening and for a few days after the shooting.
Residents raised questions about the establishment itself. Suspicions about whether the restaurant is a meeting place for Armenian gangs have been circulating. There is also an impression that there is very little local patronage. A few people noted that most of the clientele appear to be young men driving expensive cars.
The LAPD is reviewing the operations of the restaurant, but there is no known connection to organized crime. Doan stressed that this was not the work of a gang and restaurants are not being targeted. All of the officers agreed that Valley Village has no gang activity of any kind. There are a couple of gang members attending nearby North Hollywood High School, but they are being monitored.
The restaurant remains closed. To the best of my knowledge, it is the owner’s decision.