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.

annette October 23, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I need help from the Altadena patch. I live near Lincoln and devirian. The past 5months our corner have been filled with cars both sides. When I say on the corner next to the stop sign. It hard to turn the corn. To see on coming traffic. Who do I call. What can be done...
Concerned October 23, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I have watched people drive up to "that house" stop, watch a guy walk up to the car window and then watch the car drive off. I have watched as the dealers sit behind the fence on folding chairs until a car drives up and they walk up to the car and then return to their chairs. That house has been raided twice in the last five years with every local law enforcement agency showing up including the ATF. I have called DOZENS of times. They are blatant and ALWAYS come back. So does the black sedan. I sure don't think that they are handing out NO on WALMART flyers!!
Robby October 23, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Yeah, Devirian is a mess. People are parking commercial vehicles on this street, including 4 Points buses, hauling trucks, cement mixers and chippers on trailers, and there are also a zillion cars since there are about 15 people living at each address. It was a little better when there were several foreclosed homes on the street, but now that every house has folks living in it again, it's pretty crazy. Can you believe that the 267 used to come down this street as part of its route? Shows you how much things have changed since I moved there. You might try calling the Sheriffs dept to see if commercial vehicles are allowed to park on the street, and what precisely constitutes a commercial vehicle. (I'm not sure that giant pickup trucks count as commercial vehicles.) Also, there is a limit to how long a vehicle may be parked without moving. And don't be shy about calling them if someone is blocking your driveway or parked in a red zone! They'll send someone out and write them a ticket. Do you know, Annette - are there people *living* in that camping trailer in the driveway of the house at Lincoln/Devirian? The house on the SW corner, I mean. The one with the pack of dogs. I see lights on in that trailer late at night, so I'm assuming someone is in there. But I'm not 100% sure if someone is actually living in it. That would be pretty sad.
Isabella Baumfree October 23, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Okay so what does Devirian & Lincoln have to do with the drive-by shooting on Altadena Drive & Glenrose? While we're on the subject the people who live on the sw corner of Devirian & Lincoln are very nice people. They mind their own business; they never bother anyone; they're hard workers and the camping trailer is parked in their driveway; there isn't a 'pack of dogs' there's only two (2). What about the man in the middle of Devirian on the North side of the street that's operating a mechanics shop in his backyard? The street sweeper doesn't even bother to come down Devirian anymore - he used to come on Thursdays - I remember when the 267 used to come down Devirian. The only thing you have coming down the street now are a bunch of fools - cars zooming like their on speedway - we need speedbumps!
Ninja Girl October 23, 2012 at 10:48 PM
I appreciate everyone sharing where the trouble homes are. 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, and that there are so many drug dealing homes in the area, and that the sweeper doesn't even bother to clean. I see broken glass in the streets all of the time, from the night drinkers and walkers who just toss their bottles. I've cleaned up the glass to avoid animals and kids from getting hurt, and cars getting their tires blown. There are also taggers hitting up the trees - something we can't clean. There are so many school buses that SPEED through, leaving a trail of dark exhaust, and then there are others who speed through the area, nearly hitting walkers and runners. It's just terrible.
Lisa Hastings October 23, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Has anyone reported any of these code violations to zoning? Has anyone started a Neighborhood Watch group?
Mike Roberts October 24, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Annette & Robby here's the ALtadena parking code for large vehicles http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=16274 Click on title 15, then Division 1, then 15.64 (stopping/standing/parking) then "Part 1 (parking time limits) then 15.64.75 (for Altadena). You'll see the size restrictions and how long big vehicles can park on our streets. Sorry. Don't know a shortcut link.
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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