An Eagle Rock family was awakened early Thursday morning by a barrage of gunfire outside their home that was coming from an unknown source.
Seven bullet holes were left in their glass sliding door and the side of their home, and three more in their car. A neighbor’s vehicle was also hit.
The home, in the 4400 block of Westdale Avenue, was struck just before 4 a.m., according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake Madison.
Maria Rodriguez said her husband Marcos had woken up to use the bathroom just minutes before the room where he was sleeping was sprayed with bullets.
“He said, ‘get down on the floor,” Maria Rodriguez said.
No one in the family of five was injured. They believe they were targeted, and they suspect the shooting may be related to an incident at their daughter’s school involving a bully who Maria Rodriguez said was expelled.
Their Northeast Los Angeles home is on a small cul-de-sac off busier Eagle Rock Boulevard, just a few blocks west of Occidental College.
Witnesses who heard the gunfire say they believe their neighborhood has seen greater gang activity recently and new graffiti in the past month.
“There’s been repeated graffiti on this street, so I’m wondering if it’s related,” said neighbor Scott Williams, who heard the gunfire and then the police helicopter overhead.
The Rodriguez family said their SUV was tagged two weeks ago.
Police confirmed the increase in tagging in the area, and said they were investigating whether the shooting was gang related.