Police had blocked off Echo Park Avenue at Duane Street shortly after 9 pm. as they search for a suspect armed with a gun, an officer said at the scene. Police cars were seen parked in front of a house on Echo Park Avenue between Duane and Ewing streets as an LAPD helicopter hovered over head.
An officer at the LAPD Northeast Division station said a task force was in the area searching for a gang member. An LAPD spokeswoman said police units were deployed before 9 pm to the 1500 block of Ewing Street. There were no reports of a shooting. The spokeswoman said she did not know what triggered tonight's search, which was still underway at 10:30 pm