Echo Park murder suspect caught in court

ECHO PARK, Calif. It was just after 5 p.m. Sunday, an otherwise peaceful night in Echo Park, shattered by two shootings, minutes apart.

Police say a 33-year-old man was shot in front of his house, then two minutes later and two blocks away, 38-year-old Eric Zamarripa was shot and killed. Twenty minutes later in Glassell Park, 37-year-old Carlos Gonzalez was fatally shot.

"Many of us heard the familiar 'pop-pop-pop' that sometimes is firecrackers, but unfortunately all too often it's gunfire," said /*L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti*/.

At a news conference at police headquarters Wednesday, city leaders tried to reassure the public that the shootings were not part of a gang war, but rather, an internal dispute with an Echo Park gang.

"This isn't a case of one rival gang shooting at another one. This is an internal dispute amongst the gang," said /*L.A. Police Captain Bill Murphy*/.

"One of the victims was standing with his 11-year-old daughter. That fact did not deter the criminal charged in this matter, shooting that individual to death," said /*LAPD Chief William Bratton*/.

LAPD detectives worked around the clock Sunday to identify their suspect, 34-year-old /*Andre Upshaw*/. When the Pasadena resident made an unrelated court appearance at the criminal courts building, officers took him into custody.

"We realized he's a cold-blooded murderer, he just killed two people so the courtroom actually gave us an advantage," said Capt. Murphy. "He would have to walk through a metal detector, so the likelihood of him bringing a gun in there was very low."


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