PASADENA – A wave of violence continues to confound authorities this week as a gang “peace rally” Saturday was followed hours later by the sixth gang-related shooting this year, leaving a man wounded in the leg. Police responded Saturday at 9:30 p.m. to the 100 block of Carlton Avenue in Northwest Pasadena to find the victim, a Latino in his early 20s, suffering from a bullet wound, according to Pasadena police Lt. Jari Faulkner. The man was transported to a nearby hospital and later released, she said. “He was my friend,” a man laden with prison-style tattoos who lives near the shooting, said. “I don’t know what happened. I heard gunshots, then came outside and he was all bloody so I wrapped a towel around his leg.” Lt. John Dewar said information regarding the shooting was scant, as neither the victim nor witnesses would cooperate with police following the incident. Teresa Vasquez, who lives on Carlton with her husband and three small children, said she heard several shots fired and the arrival of police. “I am nervous and scared,” she said, “because this has been happening here a lot for the past two months. I want to move to San Bernardino.” Hours earlier, between 9:15a.m. and noon, leaders at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church held a “Stop the Violence” rally in response to a trail of death and bloodshed left by an increase of gang crime that began Feb. 1 with the shooting of a 17-year-old boy. On Feb. 2, the teen’s brother, 21-year-old Navy reservist Deon Mitchell, was shot to death outside a liquor store in the 1300 block of North Lake Avenue. A 20-year-old man was shot in the head in a drive-by shooting around 8 p.m. Feb. 6 on the corner of Orange Grove Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue, according to Dewar. Another shooting on the same night occurred blocks away in the 800 block of North Raymond Avenue around 9:30 p.m. while police investigated the first shooting, Dewar said. On Feb. 17, a gang-related, car-to-car shooting on the Foothill (210) Freeway near Lake Avenue around 1 a.m. left two young men hospitalized, police said. Bethel pastor John McCall said he invited gang members and law-enforcement leaders as well as clergy and community members. “We plan to stage another rally in the next two weeks,” he said. “It is time for us to come out from within the four walls of worship on Sunday and take action within the community.” He said education, employment and affordable housing would part of the focus of upcoming rallies. Stepped law enforcement efforts would continue at least through this week, Dewar said. Pasadena NAACP President Joe Brown was frustrated by the confluence of events, saying there was a need for better organization in what he called “a fragmented African-American community.” “I believe there is a lot of finger pointing going on and there needs to be more unity,” he said. “We cannot be so critical of our police department when they are attempting to eradicate some of the drug houses in our community. The Christian community and civic organizations cannot march in different directions on the problem of violence.” [email protected] (626)578-6300 Ext. 4461 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!