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No Indication Drive-by Shooting on Altadena Drive Related to Nearby Home

A home on West Altadena Drive that some readers have described to Patch as a potential problem house has not been linked to a drive-by shooting that happened Saturday in the 100 block of West Altadena Drive.

A drive-by shooting that took place in the 100 block of West Altadena Drive on Saturday night has no definitive relation to a nearby home where the Sheriff's Department previously received a tip about drug dealing, according to Capt. John Benedict of the Altadena Sheriff's Station.

Several readers left comments on our Sunday story about the shooting, mentioning a problem home in the neighborhood where the department has visited and where some believe drugs are being dealt. Several residents have also emailed Patch with further information about a home in the area.

However, Benedict said the department has not so far established a connection between the victims and any local homes in the area.  He said the department has confirmed one of the two is an Altadena resident, but Benedict would not provide further details of where in town he lives.

The two victims, one 25 years old and one 27 years old, were standing on the sidewalk in the area in the area around 10:35 p.m. Saturday night when a black sedan drove by.  Five to seven shots were fired from the sedan and the two men were both hit, one in the leg and one in the neck.

Benedict noted that a nearby home, whose address was provided to Patch by a reader who lives in the area, has been visited seven times for various reasons, though only once because of complaints about drug dealing.  He said deputies did not find evidence of dealing in that visit and no arrests were made.

Benedict said that detectives in the drive-by case have not yet determined if there is a gang relation and said they have not yet determined whether the victims in the case will fully cooperate with the department or not.  Both victims were hospitalized following the shooting Saturday night.

Mike Roberts October 24, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Good point. Residents in that area should call ACONA if they don't have a watch group.
altadenalove October 24, 2012 at 07:04 PM
This is good information that will eventually help to clean out the neighborhood scum. It's so sad to hear someone is operating a mechanics shop out of their home... @ ninjagirl-i wouldnt qualify someone as scum for doing a legit job such as mechanics and tryin to feed themselves and a family as they might not be able to afford another locations rent on top of a house note. however the sellin of drugs is another issue and that house where the shootin took place is a dope spot. its always shady people hangin out in front and its been that way for years. law enforcement needs to step up and shut that spot down!!
Robby October 24, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Perhaps there are only two dogs there now, but they're so vicious that I don't linger by the property to count. I remember they had a dog who would get out of the gate and kill cats. And there was a really pitiful Rottweiler who had to drag himself around by his front legs. As for not bothering people, I suppose that's a matter of opinion. The garbage they dump on the easement bothers me. It's full of broken glass, bits of rusty metal, and probably heavy metals from busted appliances and computer components.
Isabella Baumfree October 25, 2012 at 10:01 PM
I was wondering what happened to all of the cats that used to roam the street. I agree, the easement looks a mess; trashy. Devirian is just a junky street from Lincoln to Casitas -
Lisa Hastings October 25, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Is this a private street? I ask because several here have referred to it as an easement.

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