VAN NUYS (CBS) —
 A teenager is in custody for allegedly shooting an LAPD helicopter on Easter Sunday.

The chopper was hit early Sunday morning as it flew over Saticoy Street and Densmore Avenue near the 405 Freeway.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports that police were initially called to the area when neighbors heard gunfire.

(credit: CBS)

The pilot managed to land the crippled chopper at Van Nuys Airport.

Danny Lopez, 18, was shooting a firearm because he was distraught over the death of a friend, according to police.

Lopez was tackled by his family and subsequently arrested for attempted murder of a police officer.

No one was injured.

Comments (68)
  1. SWATK9 says:

    Go ahead I’m listening.

    1. James Taylor says:

      So!!! whats your Point !!!

  2. MegaCynic says:

    The area where this took place is very near Van Nuys Airport. I would say anybody living in or visiting the area should expect airport noise and live with it “as part of the package”. Knowing the area, and the demographics there, fairly well I would conclude that this was not the act of someone who was angry at the helicopter’s noise. More likely it was a perp or a low life who has a bad attitude about police and law enforcement.

    1. Cari says:

      It was a low life shooting at the helicopter. He should go to jail forever. I don’t care that he was upset.

      In regards to the air traffic noise I just moved away from the area and it was 1 of many reasons I sold my house and left. I lived there for 12 years.

      There was only minor air traffic noise until a year and a half ago when they significantly ramped up the traffic at the air port. Mostly loud helicopters but planes too. Police helicopters, TV and private.

      It seems as citizens that we are stuck with the uncaring, arrogant decisions of our elected officials. FYI – I don’t vote for any of the crooks, I pay attention to what they are doing.

      1. LADY SHADOW says:

        WHO THE “F” R U 2B JUDGING UR D fEN LOW LIFE U HAVE NO IDEA U STUPID IGNORANT “B” N DNT B DISRESPECTIN LIKE THT SAYIN U DNT CARE U DUM BROD MA MAN WS MURDERED N HE WS ONLY 17 LIMA N D HOMIE SOLO TOOK IT HRD HE COULD NT HANDLE D PAIN NO1 COULD WE ALL HANDLED IT DIFERENT THO N NO1S PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! N IF U LIVED DERE 4 12YRS LIKE U SAY U DID IDIOT DEN U SHOULD NO WASS UP BT I GUESS U SO STUPID THT U DNT NO!!!!!!!!! CHECK URSELF B4 U JUDGE OTHERS!!!!!!!! FREEEEEE DANNNY LOPEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FREEE SOLO LHTSX3

    1. teaisstronger says:

      America is being cleaned up. The Democrats say the problem with America is that there are too many dam Americans. You American just sit around counting your money.

  3. The Hunter says:

    Drozone69 and George. You gentleman do realize you live next to an airport. I take you do cause you said you did. With said, let’s do some math. Living nextto an airport + airplanes and jelicopters taking off = noise. Wow you two aren’t very bright

  4. The Hunter says:

    Drozone69 and George. You gentleman do realize you live next to an airport. I take you do cause you said you did. With said, let’s do some math. Living nextto an airport + airplanes and helicopters taking off = noise. Wow you two aren’t very bright

  5. Lisa says:

    In the other countries of the world they do not tolerate this type of activity. Could you imagine the United States actually enforcing laws and protecting its’ citizens? It won’t happen in our lifetime! The US is a safe haven for crimminals and everyone knows it!

    1. Pedro says:

      I don’t want to ship them to Russia. Why would I want to do that to Russia. Why can’t we just ship them back to Mexico, their country of citizenship!?

    2. BHO has a Connecticut SSN? says:

    3. teaisstronger says:

      YOU PEOPLE VOTED FOR OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS

      You all hated the GOP because they cheated on their wives.

      Just like the Jews in Germany who voted for Hitler because of what he promised and ignored what he wrote in his book, Americans voted for Obama. Do you really think you will be able to vote him out of office. Congress will repeal Term Limits. Why is Congress spending almost a $billion to keep FEMA camps open across the nation? This time its not going to be for Jews.

  6. Really says:

    With the great leadership that we have in L.A., don’t count on it.

    This city panders to the criminal element.

    1. Saber 1 says:

      It panders to the ILLEGAL ALIEN element. That mentality of Raider, Dodgers, Lakers and Chivas. Ship them bottom feeders back so they can destroy their own country.

    2. leroy brown says:

      so true.

    3. Jessenia Martinez says:

      You guys are all idiots.

    4. saber 1 is stupid says:

      hey saber 1 …. your a racist little dumb @ss!!

  7. Stacy says:

    At least LAPD arrested a real criminal today instead of arresting female prostitutes on Sepulveda Blvd in Van Nuys who are voluntarily pleasing men sexually in order to pay their rent and buy food for themselves and their kids. It costs $5000.00 of taxpayer money to arrest just one prostitute. And 99% of the time when the prostitute gets out of jail she does the same thing because the money is so good. It’s a never ending cycle of wasting tax payer money on something that will never be eliminated. I use to work on Sepulveda and made an average of $6000.00 per month of tax free cash…the same day I would be released from jail I would be back on the streets working. At $6000.00 per month can you blame me? Just being totally honest.

    1. hola! says:

      Stacey, I truly admire your confessions as a disgruntled prostitute. It takes guts to tell the world what you do. It must have been a long and grueling career you had only to retire without a pension or medical coverage. What about when you were injured on the job (STD’s, black eyes, sore crotch etc)? I doubt you had a MOU to address your grievances. I must ask, however, what does that have to do with some loser trying to shoot down a LAPD helicopter and endangering the lives of the officers and residents down below? Your honesty is appreciated but, perhaps,, it belongs in a different forum.

    2. Scot says:

      Totally agree with you Stacy…prostitues are arrested everyday because the level of danger to the cops is none and they almost always plea guilty so the DA doesn’t even get involved. Cops know that when they arrest for anything else they have tons of paper work to do, go to trial and involve the DA…in other words they usually go after these girls because they know they will plea guilty and wasting taxpayer money by arresting the same girls over and over is something the LAPD doesn’t care about. The Van Nuys PD slogan on the cars should be changed from “To protect and serve” to “Using your tax dollars to re-arrest people we know wont rehabilitate”.

  8. just some guy says:

    @me …Before you go accusing someone of something that has only happened in your mind,”may have been involved in malicious activity”??Maybe you should just let the cop’s handle real problems.Not someone on a message board stating their opinion.If they had to investigate every nut on a message board,there would be no cop’s to take care of REAL,NOT IMANGINED crimes.In other words,get a life.

  9. Francisco says:

    Por favor no alguien eso a la policía. Ellos son. Que nos protejen contra criminales.

  10. Fred says:

    Hey Francisco, no one else is speaking spanish here. Why are you?. Isn’t what you have to say important enough for us all to here?

  11. Fernando says:

    Maybe we should stop judging this poor alleged man who shot at the police helocpter. Maybe he was hunting ducks for his family. There is a pond on the golf course near the airport. Remeber he is innocent until proven guilty.

    1. Really says:

      Who hunts for ducks with a rifle? Who hunts that close to an airport? That is really not a good excuse.

      1. joebanana says:

        Have you ever tried duck hunting with rocks?
        Since ducks can get sucked into jet engines, it may be a good idea.
        What would be a good excuse? Maybe he was set up by his family.

    2. hater says:

      U mUZT b sTuPISD

  12. bubba-ho-tep says:

    Stupid is as stupid does. Shooting at unarmed helicopters? Stupid.

    1. LADY SHADOW says:

      WHO D HELL R U KALLIN STUPID IDIOT DNT B TLKIN BOUT D HOMIE DANNY LIKE THT U BETTER CHECK URSELF !!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE WSNT D SHOOTER D 2ND SHOTTER GGT AWAY HES 4RM VAN NUYS GANG N THT LIMA GT AWAY N BLAMED IT ON D HOMIE THOSE IDIOTS SHOULD COME FWD N SAY DERE NAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! D HOMIE SOLO WS MOURNIN D DEATH OF MA MAN WHICH WS HIS BESTFRIEND HIS BROTHER HIS PARTNER HS ROLL DAWG N 2FIND OUT THT HE WS MURDERED N HE WS ONLY 17YRS !!!!!!!!!! SO U DO DO THE MATH WHO KAN HANDLE ALL THT STRESS N D PAIN I EVN WENT CRZY 4A KOO MINUTE IT WS N STILL IS HRD 4ALL OF US!!!!!!!!!!!! FRRRREEE DANNY(SOLO) LOGAN HEIGTHS GANG

  13. leroy brown says:

    ever notice there are hundreds of unsolved shootings in so call but when the police are the victim some one is always caught?

    1. Scott says:

      Well Leroy, it’s because when someone shoots at the police it’s easier to investigate because they can directly confront KNOWN suspect(s). When it’s gang on gang or otherwise, no one will talk! Kind of like one of those state inmates found with a hole in his heart… “He must have fallen” “I didn’t see nuttin”

  14. Mike Brown says:

    El Salvador isn’t the place is was in the 80’s. My buds and I (white guys) head down there three times a year for surfing trips. No problems. The locals are cool and they love american dollars. Mexico and Los Angeles are more dangerous.

  15. John Andrews says:

    Sanctuary?? For them but not from them… More to come.

  16. Bill says:

    Here we go again. Another Mexican making a bad name for himself. Need we say more. So far this year Latinos (more than likely mexican) have been involved in well over 90 % of the violent incidents in the Southland. You just don’t see alot of blacks and whites acting like this here.

    If you type in fights at Dodger stadium or Laker fans riot on youtube, you will notice that every single one of the incidents involves mexican (latino) perpetrators.

    Sorry but a fact is a fact.

  17. oso says:

    there u go again with illegals,dam thats getting old b/tch.

    1. nunya says:

      Yep, old as the truth. Because, there are no illegals right? They dont mooch of our systems right? Just because you dont like reality doesnt mean it is not true

  18. BROWN POWER CABRON! says:

    u aint white power your white powder to much of that sh/it up your nose wonder bread!
    LIKE TO BUMP INTO U WHITE SUPREMACY B/ITCHES WITH YOUR WHITE CAPE THAT WOULD MAKE MY DAY !!

    1. Gomalio Fung says:

      Hijo de p*ta.

  19. UNCLE CRACKER says:

    COLORED PEOPLE…NEED I SAY MORE?

    1. Rodney Rotor Head says:

      Uncle Cracker JackWad,

      White is a color, too.

      1. Gomalio Fung says:

        And black is an absence of color, Self Tugger.

  20. UNCLE CRACKER says:

    COLORED PEOPLE…NEED I SAY MORE?.

  21. david says:

    Make criminals liable for any damages they incur while participating during criminal activity.

  22. Oscar says:

    It’s time for Obama to appoint a new czar to deal with illegals who are not good marksmen. It is unfair that only “whites” know how to shoot straight. It is essential that there be equality in shooting.

  23. Laura says:

    I’m proud for this young man’s family for stoping him. What a difficult and heartbreaking situation he has put them in. It gives me hope that “family” will do the right thing instead of protecting their own. Bravo!

    1. joebanana says:

      If we could only get cops to do the same.

  24. Dr. WINO says:

    And yet Lohan goes free…

  25. JBP says:

    Just like President Calderone of Mexico said, “Where ever there is a Mexican, Mexico is there…” the Los Angeles area has been so heavily Mexicanized that it is just a matter of time that the gruesome stories of murder and mayhem caused by drug dealers and Mexican gangs in Mexico on a daily basis, will soon become every day news from Los Angeles. You can thank the US Federal government for that “change” of culture brought to the American people directly from the cesspools of Mexico. CLOSE the Mexican border now! Nothing and no one should be allowed to cross that border in either direction without a complete STRIP search!

  26. Tommy Boy says:

    Another crime committed by the filth that is Mexicans.

    1. Bobb says:

      RACIST PIG

  27. Rodney Rotor Head says:

    If you are going to shoot at air craft, you know that you’re going to be in up to your nose in really pretty doo-doo. So, you need to inflict maximum damage – the justice system is jump on you with both feet and a hit you like a freight train anyway. You need to learn the concept of lead & lag target aiming. It isn’t difficult to understand and learn. Go on-line and type in “How to shoot down a police helicopter or Air Force One” and press enter.

    Being an old Army combat helicopter pilot, I know how easy it is to bring down one. Regardless of the armored plates on the bird, it is still very vulnerable. But be aware, the act of shooting down a helicopter really tics-off the pilot, who will find you after landing, take your rifle away, and but-stroke you with it until you go blind. And then, your life and those of your home boys are really going to get nasty hard.

    So, do it correctly, or don’t do it at all.

  28. Gomalio Fung says:

    In a more perfect America, the fuel tanks would have been armored, the observer would have consulted their targeting radar, provided the pilot with the proper return trajectory, the machine would have spun around and shredded the gunman with its mini-guns. No need to waste a Hellfire on such easily duplicated genetic waste material. It’s being created by accident every night in that neighborhood..

  29. joebanana says:

    Too bad he wasn’t using tracers.

  30. Giggity says:

    I for one am glad to watch the left coast choke on the results of its own policies. Im sure this person was just misunderstood and really just needs more money and benefits from the new slave class in the US, IE working people. The left coast is the poster child for utopic socialist idealogy. Behold, what all our country will become if the Democrats and the left have their way.

  31. Survival says:

    When the 9.0 hits LA (and it will), we shall see…

  32. JOSE says:

    thats my friend.

  33. PitoHEAD says:

    he was found innocent..cops had shot first
    they thought he was a wanted person…stupid COPS!
    He’s out of JAIL, END OF STORY
    Look it up on FOX11 or NBC early morning today

  34. PitoHEAD says:

    ONCE AGAIN, he is out of Jail!
    Cops did WRONG, yes again!!!!!!!!

  35. LADY SHADOW says:

    ALL U PPL THT R RUNNIN UR MOUTH ABOUT D HOMIE NEED 2SHUT UP CZ U PPL DNT EVN NO WHAT HAPPENED THT DAY ! DERE WS A 2ND SUSPECT 4RM VAN NUYS GANG(BANNANAS) N THT IDIOT GT AWAY HE WANTED 2KILL DANNY LOPEZ BT D COPS GT DERE N THOSE OTHER SUSPECTS G T AWAY IN A CAR. N DANNY(SOLO) AINT STUPID OR ANYTHIN HE WENT CRAZY CZ HE COULDNT HANDLE D DEATH OF MA BOYFRIEND DEY WERE BESTFRIEND SLIKE BROTHERS SINCE DEY WERE LIL KIDS N 2FIND OUT THT HE WS MURDERED 2D AGE OF 17 JUST KILLED HIM….. WE ALL WENT OFF NT JST DANNY BT WE ALL HANDLED IT DIFFERENTY N NO1S PERFECT WE STILL ALL CRY N HAVE PAIN TIL DIS DAY BCZ OF WAT HAPPEN SO DNT OPEN UR MOUTH IF U DNT NO D WHOLE TRUH BOUT D HOMEIE CZ THTS HOW RUMORS STRT N CHECK URSELF B4 U TLK BOUT OTHERS FFFFRRREEEEEEE DANNNNY LOPEZ( SOLO LOGAN HEIGHTS GANG)))))) FRREEEE D LOGANERO SOLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. LIZ says:

    *FFFRRRREEEEE DANNY LOPEZ* HE IS INNOCENT N DNT JUDGE SOME1 BY WHT U C OR READ ESPECIALLY IF U DNT KNOW WHAT HAPPEN N I SAY THIS FOR AREASON..FRRREEEE LIL DANNY LOPEZ..LOVE N MISS HIM!

  37. jeanette says:

    OMG yall are so stupid ive known danny since i was a new born were exactly one week apart and childhood lovers/friends
    anyhow danny was born here…in amaerica
    hes no were near illegal
    he speaks english clearly
    if anything thats his first language

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