Tuesday Shooting Update: Quiet Night in Altadena, Pasadena

Investigators are looking for public assistance in finding leads into the shooting of a 18-year-old John Muir High School Student on Saturday night. While some police officials say they suspect gang involvement, no hard proof exists.

Updated Tuesday 2/15: Detectives are still working on getting witnesses to the shooting to come forward and speak to them, according to Lt. Joe Dempsey of the Altadena Sheriff's Station.  Monday night was quiet in both Altadena and Pasadena, he said, with no reported incidents of gun fire.  Both Pasadena and Altadena had additional officers on the streets last night.

Detectives working on the case of a shooting of  18-year-old John Muir High School student in the 300 block of W. Palm Street Saturday night say they don't have very much information about who pulled the trigger.

According to Lt. Dave Dolson of the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau, the shooting happened after the victim left a party in the neighborhood.

Brandon Jackson was confirmed to be the 18-year-old victim by sources at John Muir.  He was a .

Prior to the shooting Saturday, Jackson walked out on to the street to a car parked across the street, Dolson said.

He approached the car and spoke with people inside.  Shortly after, they opened fire.  Jackson was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

So far, detectives has found out very little about who was in the car, and still don't know how many people were inside or what they look like, Dolson said.

"We don't have a lot of information about the occupants of the vehicle at all," Dolson said.

Detectives in Altadena and Pasadena are also looking into whether there is any connection between Saturday's shooting and a that took place in the 200 block of Pepper Street in Pasadena on Sunday night, according to Lt. Joe Dempsey of the Altadena Sheriff's Station.

A 44-year-old man was wounded in that shooting, according to Pasadena police officials.  Dempsey said Pasadena officials told him there were several other reports of gunfire in the city.

Because the shootings happened on back to back nights, detectives are naturally suspicious that they are gang related, Dempsey said.

"Its kind of how gang shootings go... there is a shooting, then a retaliation," Dempsey said.

He added that gang involvement has not been proven, and that nobody should assume anyone involved is a gang member until that happens.

"It is still being investigated, though it looks that way," Dempsey said. "That doesn't mean that the victim was a gang member."

Dolson said that detectives will look into the Pasadena connection, but for the time being, they just don't know enough to tell if the shooting is gang-related or not.

"There's a possibility that it could be, but we don't have information that leads us to put that stamp on it," Dolson said.

Anyone with information on the crime should call (323) 890-5500, or leave a tip at the website www.lacrimestoppers.org.

Holly February 15, 2011 at 09:42 AM
R.i.p to my man brandon baby its so messsed up wht happend to u. Brandon u have done something to me i cant sleep, eat. I feel nothing now tht im not by u, smfh bae yo smile. I will nvr dissatisfy u ima do wht u would wnt me to do. I miss yuh so bad n all i can do iz cry. Im missing yuh so so bad. I ask my self wht did i do to deserve this i didnt even gt 1 last kiss from u baby god to yo love from meeh he needed an angel so it seems. I need to feel yo hands all over me i need to feel u kissing me i need to feel u holdin me i need to feel yo touch i miss yuh so much U had dreams in lyfe i jus dnt no wht to do wit myself i cant stand looking at those pics of u noin it was jus one week ago u took tht picture. Baby i miss yuh ! I love yuh !
local February 15, 2011 at 07:42 PM
Holly- I’m so sorry for your loss. I sincerely hope you have shared all you know with the police. Doing what you can to assist the authorities in bringing Brandon’s killers to justice is truly the best way to honor him.
mack February 16, 2011 at 02:38 AM
This is a devastating loss to the community. I hope someone will come forward, because we do not want Altadena to be associated with drive by shootings and wanton killings. No one should shooting someone unless it is in self defense. The whole thing is insane and just shows the lack of respect that people have for life and community these days.
torri February 16, 2011 at 04:09 AM
rest in peace bro we qrew up toqether from way back to 3rd grade man ima miss you and i know you're gonna be okay in heaven love you bro , :(
A BOY ENTERTAINMENT February 28, 2011 at 05:57 PM
To be honest the sherriff will not find the murderers. Unfortunetly. They still havent found who killed Laron Brown, but the minute someone gets killed in Pasadena, they ready to arrest someone in Altadena. That just how its been. its been 48 hours and the case is cold by now. These gang members are steady shooting kids.. God SEES everything.... I truly will miss you, Brandon.. XOXOXO
A BOY ENTERTAINMENT February 28, 2011 at 06:00 PM
So, holly do you think the police have control of these gangs. If she comes forward and brings the info to the police and she goes on stand, her life will in danger. Im not trying to scare her, and if she wants to go to the police, then hey more power to her, but can they really protect her? or will she be another victim. The gangs are out of control. Period point blank. I dont know, God will have his revenge.
A BOY ENTERTAINMENT February 28, 2011 at 06:02 PM
Stay Strong holly. Always hold him dear to your heart. He looking over you. Im sure you are very devistated right now. Pray to God , he will be refuge right now.
mister altadena February 28, 2011 at 06:23 PM
Anonymous tips would work. Sheriff's would accept those. If someone has info. try a phone call first. Don't worry about names. Just feed the info to those who can do something with it.
Knowledge March 08, 2011 at 10:14 PM
the gangs here are nuts! in a town like dena its a shame things happen like this here. these kids proberly sat next to each other when they were in grade school. a real gang from the city should come up here and show them what bangin is. i bet the dena g's will be enrolling at pcc or putting in applications at vons!!! Idiots
True Freedom March 17, 2011 at 11:37 PM
Now, Darryl, that wasn't a very nice thing to say. Plus, from what I read, this Brandon kid was an up and coming football star.
Fed up April 10, 2011 at 06:12 PM
I agree with true freedom that was not nice at all. To clear up with Mr. Law said Laron never hid from anyone and it was unfortunate he lost his life behind bullshit but I see u r still immature how old r u almost 50 now? Also Laron might of hustled down there but never was from down there get ur facts right ! Aip Lil Cal Loc Rest N Paradise my love.
Fed up April 10, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Brandon u r truly missed not an day goes by without thoughts of u . God takes the best ,unfortunately we did not want to let u go. Prayers go to ur Sister and the rest of the family. Brandon Rest N Paradise.
TANYA April 09, 2012 at 09:40 PM
hwood February 17, 2013 at 04:42 AM
Fuck dis lil crab..he had it comin..
hwood February 17, 2013 at 04:47 AM
And @knowledge bitch we been round since the 80s banging,just as.hard as LA nikkas..fuck u talking bout? U must be from out a town..u know shit bout Dena..la nikkas scared to come to the land of da red rags...IDIOT.
local February 17, 2013 at 05:13 AM
This has to be the first time hwood has written the word 'knowledge' in his life.
hwood February 17, 2013 at 03:24 PM
no silly bitch,I am very well educated but I love my city and the people I grew up with and refuse to let some inet blogger talk bs he dont know..@local
hwood February 17, 2013 at 03:26 PM
see he was a gang member! and FYI there is no "used to bang" no one in Pasadena has that privilege to get out this life...u live by it u die by it...thats how it went for "Cal loc" lol


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