Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena Witness L.A. Gang Shooting

July 14, 2011 By:
Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena Witness L.A. Gang Shooting

If you hate your job, just be glad it doesn't involve hanging out among hard-core L.A. gangs.

Jake Gyllenhaal and actor Michael Pena went on a police ride-along in L.A. to research their upcoming roles in the police drama End of Watch.

On Wednesday night, Gyllenhaal and Pena were driving with police escort Sgt. Tammy Bowen, when they witnessed the aftermath of a gang shooting. The shooting took place at Ven Ness Park in the 5700 block of 2nd Avenue. By the time Gyllenhaal and the gang arrived, the suspects had fled and the victim was down on the ground.

Ironically, the idea of two actors witnessing a gang shooting might be a more exciting plotline than whatever this cop drama is about.

"Jake is doing research for End of Watch and has been amazed by the professionalism of the LAPD," his publicist told E! News.

According to LAPD officials, the victim refused to cooperate with authorities and was shot in the lip and arm. How you get shot in the lip and not the rest of the head is beyond me. The victim was later treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The Los Angeles Times reports that no suspects have yet been identified. The LAPD officials added the two actors have been on previous ride-alongs. But this ride was a little more exciting than witnessing LAPD giving someone a ticket for looking at their cell phone at a stoplight. Yeah, I'm bitter.