Man hospitalized after being shot with an arrow in Echo Park

ECHO PARK, CA - SEPTEMBER 5, 2023 - Visitors to Echo Park Lake walk by geese in Los Angeles on September 5, 2023. Geese have become a swarm, marking their burgeoning territory with feathers and excrement. Most of the recent complaints about the park have not been about vendors or the lack of a fence, Council District 13 Field Deputy Laila Molina said at an Echo Park Neighborhood Council meeting. It's the geese. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
People at Echo Park in Los Angeles in September 2023. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

3:42 p.m. March 5, 2024: This story was updated to add the description of the suspect offered by police Tuesday afternoon.

A man was hospitalized Tuesday morning after being struck by an arrow in Echo Park, authorities said.

The Los Angeles Police Department received a 911 call just before 8 a.m. in the 1400 block of Sunset Boulevard, Officer Charles Miller said. The victim, described as a man of about 40, was hit by an arrow as he was walking on the sidewalk.

The suspect is described as an approximately 40-year-old man who was wearing a green flannel shirt and blue jeans, according to the LAPD.

Police did not say where in the body the man was injured. But someone who saw the victim said he was holding his shoulder when he came into the store at the United Oil gas station on Sunset Boulevard asking for help.

"I couldn't tell where he was hit," said the person, who declined to give their name."He was bleeding all over the place."

The witness said the victim approached from the west on Sunset Boulevard, where a trail of blood led several hundred feet to McDuff Street, where more blood was splattered on the sidewalk. Employees at the gas station, which was closed Tuesday morning after the incident, declined to speak to the media.

Miller said the victim was somewhere near the gas station when he was struck, although he couldn't be more specific. The Los Angeles Fire Department, which was called to the scene by someone reporting a gunshot victim, took the wounded man to a hospital, department spokesperson Nicholas Prange said.

The victim's condition was unknown as of Tuesday morning, but he was able to give police a statement, Miller said. It's unclear how the arrow was launched.

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