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Police Arrest Man in Connection to Sunset Canyon Shooting

Burbank police have arrested a 34-year-old Tujunga man for the Monday, May 18 shooting on Sunset Canyon that left a man with several gunshot wounds to his lower body.

Gevorg Hovhannisyan was taken into custody after police secured a warrant for his arrest. Police, along with SWAT, initially went to his home in the 10600 block of Wilsey Avenue, Tujunga. The warrant also included his vehicle that was found in a McDonald’s parking lot at 7950 Foothill Blvd. in Tujunga. Hovhannisyan was located inside his vehicle and taken into custody Tuesday morning, according to a press release issued by the Burbank Police Department.

According to the release, investigators have determined this was not a random act of violence. The suspect and victim know each other. While the victim did suffer numerous gunshot wounds, he is now listed in stable condition at a local hospital after undergoing surgery.

While formal charges are still pending review by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Hovhannisyan is being on a $2 million bond and due to be arraigned Thursday morning in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has information about this case is encouraged to contact Burbank Police Detectives at (818) 238-3210.

Man Shot Multiple Times on Sunset Canyon Drive

Burbank police and paramedics received a call around 6:17 pm on Monday, May 18 of a possible shooting near the corner of Providencia and Sunset Canyon in Burbank.

Burbank Police at shooting scene Monday evening.(Photo A Benson)

A police helicopter was on the scene and reported a man outside with possible gunshot wounds to the abdomen. Police arriving on scene said the suspect, described as possibly a male Armenian, heavyset and in his 20’s, was seen fleeing the scene.

Paramedics arrived on the scene and transported the man to a local trauma hospital where he is listed in serious condition. His name and age have not been released.

According to Burbank Police Spokesman Lieutenant Claudio Losacco, Investigators are on-scene and beginning their investigation. He said the victim was ‘suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his lower body’ in an email release.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)


Anyone who has information is encouraged to call Burbank Police at 818 238-3000





UPDATED – Police Investigate Shooting on Clark Avenue

Photo by Ross A. Benson

UPDATED 3/3/19 3:45 pm

Burbank police have identified the 21 year-old victim of the shooting as Christian Guevara of Burbank. Detectives have confirmed that Guevara was attending a party in the 4000 block of Clark when the shooting occurred on the morning of March 2.There are still no suspects at this time.

It is believed that there were up to 50 people at the party during various time and detectives have already interviewed several people and have said to have developed some leads.

Police are looking to identify more of the party goers and are looking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect. If you have any information you may call the Burbank Police at 818 238-3000 and remain anonymous.

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Site of the party on Clark Ave. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Original Story: Burbank police detectives are investigating a possible homicide that might have occurred during a party in the 4000 block of Clark Avenue Saturday morning, March 2.

There are few confirmed details at this point except that a 21-year-old man was dropped off at St. Joseph Medical Center with a gunshot wound and then had to be transported to a trauma center where he later died from his wound. 

Police were called to St. Joseph’s when alerted by the hospital staff at 2:36  am according to a release sent out by Sgt. Derek Green of the Burbank Police Department.

Photo by Ross A. Benson

By the time detectives found out the possible location of the shooting and responded to the home on the 4000 block of Clark Avenue, most of the people from the party had left the scene. Detectives remained at the scene for several hours.

Police have not released the name of the victim. During the night police received no reports of gunfire heard in the area although there were several possible auto burglaries that also occurred in the same area during the night.



Police Investigate Shooting Death at Airport Marriott

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank police and paramedics received a call for a victim of a shooting at the Burbank Airport Marriott located at 2500 Hollywood Way Thursday night just around 11 pm.

Police arrived on scene and found a victim of a gunshot on the ground next to a SUV that was in the valet area of the hotel.  The back of the SUV was open and there was a wheelchair next to the vehicle.

Paramedics arrived on the scene and pronounced the victim, a 34 year-old man deceased.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Police on scene have recovered a weapon that was possibly involved in the shooting. Officers at the scene were not looking for any other victims or suspects.  It is unknown if this was possibly a suicide or an accidental shooting.

Police have not released the victim’s name at this time but it was reported that a family member arrived on scene shortly after the shooting.

The Marriott was hosting a Supernatural Convention at their convention hall that started Thursday night with many celebrities due to attend.


Police Arrest Suspect for Attempted Murder in Shooting

On Monday, August 22, at about 8:20 pm, Burbank Police Officers responded to the 1500 block of Scott Rd., regarding a shooting and man down. Upon arrival, officers found a 22 year-old Burbank resident on the sidewalk suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his lower body.

Burbank Police Console the brother of the victim when he showed up at the shooting scene. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Console the brother of the victim when he showed up at the shooting scene. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The victim was treated at the scene by Burbank Fire Department Paramedics and transported to a local hospital for treatment. He has since been released from the hospital.

Investigators interviewed the suspect and witnesses and identified a second person, a 27 year-old Burbank resident who was also shot at, but not struck during the shooting.

Based on the information obtained, detectives learned the suspect and the victims know each other and this incident stemmed from an altercation between them a few days before the shooting. The suspect in this shooting has been identified as 20 year-old Christian Taylor Young.

Burbank Police Forensics Specialist takes pictures of shell casings prior to recovering them. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Forensics Specialist takes pictures of shell casings prior to recovering them. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Young was arrested for attempt murder at his home in Temecula, CA on Thursday evening by Burbank Police Detectives. He was booked into the Burbank City Jail last night and is being held in-lieu of $1,000,000 bail. This case will be presented to the LA County District Attorneys Office for filing consideration. Young is due to appear in court on Monday morning.

This investigation is on-going and no other information is available at this time. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Burbank Police Detective John Kaefer at (818) 238-3210 or to remain anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or by using the website www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

Overpass Shooting Suspect Taken into Custody

On Tuesday morning at around 8:25 a.m. Burbank Police units apprehended a 24 year old Sylmar resident, Joseph Lupercio, as the prime suspect in a “car-to-car” shooting that occurred on Monday evening near the intersection of Front Street and the Burbank Boulevard Overpass.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

At a press conference held by Burbank Police on Tuesday, Sgt. Claudio Losacco, Burbank Police Department Public Information Officer explained Lupercio was identified at the scene by the victim as the shooter.

Burbank Police investigators located Lupercio’s vehicle, a black Mercedes Benz SUV, in the 13300 block of Beaver Street in Sylmar, putting the location under surveillance while search and arrest warrants were obtained.

On Tuesday morning Burbank Police SWAT officers, crisis negotiators, helicopter support, and K9s arrived on scene. Lupercio was contacted, however did not comply with orders to surrender. Lupercio then attempted to flee the scene, however was quickly taken into custody by Burbank Police officers with assistance from a Burbank Police K9 unit.

Lupercio is charged with attempted murder, with bail set at $2 million.BPD Grismer Shooting Press Conf

While the exact motives and events leading up to the shooting are still being investigated and sorted, Sgt. Losacco did indicate both the shooter and victim knew each other, and both have gang ties and pervious gang histories. In addition, each car had a passenger, both female, who played a role in the incident. Sarah Sullivan, 26, a Los Angeles resident, was also taken into custody as an accessory to attempted murder.

Sgt. Losacco noted the incident “may have been the result of conflict between the individuals, and not a random act.” He also emphasized this is not related to previous incidents in Burbank, such as the recent shooting in Lundigan Park, which was a suspected gang-related incident. Sgt. Locasso did note the location of the shooting “is a high traffic area,” and certainly a concern as a community perception of more frequent violent incidents in Burbank grows.

Sgt. Losacco explained the incident may have started near the intersection of San Fernando Boulevard and Burbank Boulevard, and carried over the Burbank Boulevard Overpass until the shooting occurred at the end of the overpass near Front Street. The victim then performed a “U Turn,” heading back across the bridge, stopping at the Wells Fargo Bank at San Fernando Boulevard where the victim changed places with a female, who drove the victim to the 1600 block of Grismer Avenue.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

At that point the victim made an emergency call, and both police and fire department support quickly arrived, noting the victim had a gunshot wound to the upper chest. The victim is in good condition.

Both Lupercio and Sullivan are due to appear in the Burbank Branch of LA Superior Court on Thursday morning.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Burbank Police detectives at (818) 238-3210.


UPDATED: Police Arrest Two in Lundigan Park Gang Shooting

UPDATED 2/9/16 at 3:40 pm – Police have released bail amounts and charges filed against the two suspects arrested in the Lundigan Park shooting last week.

Erik Manooki: Charged with Attempt Murder, plus two gang allegations and personal use of a firearm allegations.  He is exposed to multiple life terms in prison.  His bail was set at $2,040,000

Candace Richardson: Charged with being an accessory to attempt murder.  Her exposure is up to three years in-custody.  Her bail was set at $540,000.

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Thursday evening around 5:55 pm, Burbank Police officers responded to a shooting call at Lundigan Park, 2701 Thornton Avenue. One person, a 21 year-old male from Burbank, was shot once in the lower body. He was transported to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery and is listed in good condition.

One male was seen running from the scene. He got into a vehicle occupied by two additional people, including a female. The vehicle, described as a four-door Lexus, fled west on Thornton Avenue.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Based on the information obtained from people at the scene and nearby, Burbank Police detectives initiated a surveillance of a vehicle they were familiar with and which fit the suspect vehicle description.

Friday morning, the suspected shooter got into the car and drove to a female’s home in the 200 block of S. Keystone Street, in Burbank. A short time later the suspect and a female exited the home and entered a different car, driving away.

Later at about 11:00 am, investigators stopped the second vehicle, with the assistance of patrol officers and detained two people. They are identified as Erik Manooki, 19 year-old a gang member from Sunland and 22 year-old Candice Richardson of Burbank. It is believed Manooki is the shooter in this case and Richardson instigated the crime as retribution related to a prior gang related incident.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the Lexus, which was believed to be the getaway car and which Manooki was seen driving earlier in the day. A revolver was located in the Lexus with empty casings still inside the cylinder. It is believed the gun located in the car is the weapon used in the shooting at Lundigan Park Thursday night.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Manooki and Richardson were booked for attempt murder with an allegation that the crime was committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang. Manooki is being held in-lieu of $2,066,000 bail and Richardson’s bail has been set at $2,040,571. The bail totals include outstanding warrants each had for their arrest. Both Manooki and Richardson are due to appear in the Burbank Branch of the Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, February, 9.

The third person in the getaway vehicle has been identified and interviewed by detectives, but not arrested as of this evening.

This case continues to remain under investigation by the Burbank Police Department. If you have any information related to this case, we urge you to contact Detective Mike Edwards at (818) 238-3210 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

Burbank Police Investigate Car to Car Shooting

This evening, at about 7:45 pm, Burbank Police Officers and Burbank Paramedics responded to the 1600 block of Grismer Avenue, regarding a man who was suffering from a gunshot wound.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Responding officers located a 30 year-old male, who is a Burbank resident, with at least one gunshot wound to the upper body. He was treated and transported to a local hospital where he is being treated for, what appear to be, non-life threatening injuries.

Officers and detectives spoke with several witnesses which led them to the Burbank Boulevard Overpass. This is where police believe a “car-to-car” shooting took place and resulted in the victim’s injuries.

The suspected shooter is described only as a male, with his vehicle described as being black in color and last seen westbound on the overpass.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Boulevard Overpass, which is a bridge over the Interstate 5 Freeway, was closed during the on-scene investigation, but has since reopened to both vehicle and passenger traffic. The freeway off-ramps have also reopened.

There is a second related scene in the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot, 900 N. San Fernando Boulevard, which is being processed. Investigators believe the victim made his way to that parking lot after the shooting, before ultimately driving to Grismer Avenue.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Investigators will be working into the morning processing evidence, interviewing witnesses and following any leads that develop.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting, or was in the area is urged to contact investigators at (818) 238-3210 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Is Relieved as Gasparyan Story Unfolds

Artyom Gasparyan, 32, was taken into custody at around 4 p.m. on Monday, January 4th, after a reign of terror that stretched from Panorama City to Long Beach, including 2 shootings in Burbank.

According to the LA Times, Gasparyan is suspected of having kicked off his crime spree on Dec 6th with a series of crimes in NE Los Angeles. Then on the 9th he came to Burbank, and according to Sgt. Claudio Locasso, Public Information Officer with the Burbank Police Department, with no apparent motive Gasparyan shot a 67 year old man and a gardener in the 1700 block of North Catalina Street in Burbank.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson

According to Sgt. Losacco Burbank PD detectives worked diligently on leads, which included reviewing video footage from the area, ultimately identifying the vehicle and vehicle’s association with the suspect Gasparyan. However at this time Burbank PD did not have enough evidence to arrest Gasparyan.

On the 13th Gasparyan’s vehicle, a VW Jetta, was located in Long Beach.

On the 29th the story picks up with a shooting in West Hollywood when a delivery driver was robbed and shot, and area law enforcement Agencies identified Gasparyan as a suspect.

The story only got worse. On the 30th Gasparyan was named in an armed gas station robbery, suspected road rage shooting, and other connected shootings in Panorama City, leaving one dead and two seriously injured.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson

On New Year’s morning Gasparyan and Daniel Ramirez, later identified as an accomplice, kicked off the new year with a crime in the Harbor area where the suspect, believed to be Gasparyan, was seen driving a VW Passat. An off-duty LAPD officer later noticed the Passat, and LAPD began pursuit. The pursuit ultimately ended with a car-jacking in Carson, a hostage situation in Long Beach with Ramirez, more shootings, a stabbing, and attempted suicide by Ramirez. Gasparyan got away.

By this time news sources around the region had posted pictures of Gasparyan, with the Burbank Police noting “Gasparyan should be considered armed and dangerous.” Given his activity in the Burbank area, residents were on edge, keeping their eyes open for anybody who looked like Gasparyan, and hoping the hundreds of LAPD, LA Sheriff Department, Burbank PD, Long Beach PD, and other area police department detectives and officers would quickly bring this dangerous suspect into custody.

Finally, on Monday afternoon at around 3:30 p.m. officers observed Gasparyan near an auto parts store in Sunland. The chase was on, and Gasparyan – driving the wrong way on the 5 Freeway near the Glenoaks Exit, was finally cornered. LAPD officers shot him while he was trying to run. Gasparyan was armed, wearing body armor, and was not planning to give up without a fight. Several innocent drivers were hurt on the freeway as Gasparyan smashed into the vehicles – thankfully none with critical or life-threatening injuries.

Although traffic was tied up for hours following Gasparyan’s capture, neither myBurbank or any other news agency reported any significantly upset drivers or citizens when it was broadcast Gasparyan’s capture was the cause of traffic snarls and extended disruption. Most were simply relieved, and as LAPD Chief Charlie Beck noted at the capture scene, Gasparyan was a “very, very dangerous individual.”

Gasparyan’s motives are still unclear. It was reported he may have been a Meth addict, but according to Sgt. Losacco, “as of now we just don’t know his motives.”

The average Burbank resident is not necessarily concerned with Gasparyan’s motives, rather residents and visitors are thankful the region’s law enforcement system was able to track him down, with a high level of inter-agency cooperation and communication.

How this story is finally closed and put in the archives is anybody’s guess. There are still many things we do not know, and it is important to continue analyzing and trying to understand the motives, conditions, background, or other catalysts that drove Gasparyan and Ramirez to commit such violent crimes against their neighbors and community. And hope we can learn the triggers, recognize, and avoid them in the future.

Police Identify Suspect in Double Shooting from Catalina Street

The Burbank Police Department, has identified a suspect in the December 9, 2015 double shooting in the 1700 block of North Catalina Street, in which a Burbank resident and a gardener were wounded.

Police look near a gardener truck for evidence after two people were shot by a suspect identified as  Artyom Gasparyan on Catalina St. December 9, 2015 (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Police look near a gardener truck for evidence after two people were shot by a suspect identified as Artyom Gasparyan on Catalina St. December 9, 2015 (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

The suspect has been identified as Artyom Gasparyan. He is described as a male Armenian, 32 years-old, with black hair, brown eyes, 5’7” tall and weighing 170 pounds. Gasparyan should be considered Armed and Dangerous.

The series of crimes began on December 6, 2015, in the northeast area of Los Angeles, with the most recent incident, a carjacking, occurring on January 1st 2016 in the city of Carson.

Artyom Gasparyan

Artyom Gasparyan

Gasparyan has committed these crimes in the cities of Los Angeles, Burbank, West Hollywood, and Carson.

The Burbank Police Department is working with our law enforcement partners, including the Los Angeles Police Department on this case as several of Gasparyan’s crimes have occurred in their jurisdiction.

Anyone with information on Gasparyan’s whereabouts is urged to contact Burbank PD Detective Jamal Childs at (818) 238-3275 or (818) 238-3000, or LAPD call Robbery-Homicide Detective at (213) 486-6890. After hours, please call 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S) on most keypads