34 shots in ‘troubling week’ for Los Angeles, says LAPD chief Moore

In the past week, 34 people were shot in Los Angeles, and 23 of the shootings were concentrated in a “remarkably small area” of the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Street and Southeast divisions, Chief Michel Moore said Tuesday.

Moore told the Los Angeles Police Department that last week was a “troubling week,” noting that many of the shootings were concentrated in “a remarkably small area of ​​the city when you consider that frequency or that concentration.”

The shootings were mainly related to typical street violence, including disputes within gangs and between rival gangs, Moore said.

The 77th Division includes Athens Park, Chesterfield Square, Gramercy Park, Hyde Park, South Park-51st and Menlo, Vermont Knolls, Vermont Park, View Heights, Morningside Park, and West Park Terrace.

The Southeast Division includes Athens Park, Avalon Gardens, Hacienda Village, Harbor Gateway, Imperial Courts, Gardena Boulevard, Jordan Downs, Nickerson Gardens, Parkside Manor, and Watts.

According to Moore, additional LAPD patrols and combat teams with the Mayor’s Office for Gang Reduction and Youth Development Program were deployed in the area, adding that the levels of violence had decreased Saturday and Sunday and no further shootings were reported in the Southeast.

“The problem we have in all of Los Angeles is that there are too many guns in too many hands,” Moore said, reiterating a belief he often shares with the committee. The additional enforcement in the 77th Street Division resulted in 16 gun arrests involving 20 firearms, including “a number of assault rifles,” Moore said.

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Moore said the city has seen an overall increase in gun violence and homicides in April, which is “somewhat counter to the trend we saw in the first three months of 2022,” when the number of shootings decreased compared to the previous year.

So far, 70 people have been shot in Los Angeles in April, up from 55 in the same period last year. There have been 107 murders so far in 2022, compared to 109 in 2021. While the number has fallen slightly in 2022, Moore said it represents a 37% increase over a two-year period.

Violent crimes are up 7.1% this year, with 575 additional violent crimes reported, mostly aggravated crimes, muggings and commercial robberies, Moore said. Violent crime has increased by 15.2% over a period of two years.

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