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Bloody, Bloody Weekend: At Least 5 Murdered in L.A.

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Los Angeles started the weekend without any killings on Friday. Then came Saturday and Sunday which left five dead, four within a 12-hour period.

It first started on Saturday morning around 6 a.m. when 35-year-old Ching Tseng was walking on the 3300 block of West 6th Street, a couple blocks from Wilshire and Vermont. He was approached by a male Hispanic, approximately 25 years of age, who demanded Tseng’s money and vehicle, then shot Tseng and fled to a waiting car with three additional suspects, two males and one female, says the LAPD. Tseng later died at the hospital.

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Later that night around 8:10 p.m., Samuel Leonard, 22, left a liquor store on the 1700 block of West Century Boulevard and as he was getting into his car, a male Black suspect came up to him and began shooting for no apparent reason. Leonard tried to run by collapsed on the sidewalk. The suspect was last seen driving a red pick-up truck.

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About 10 minutes later, according to the LA Times, a man was shot in West Adams as he was "apparently trying to pick up a car key from someone in the home." Someone in the driveway shot 58-year-old Larick Matheson as he got out of a car on the 2900 block of Rimpau Boulevard. Then around 11:45 p.m. in Hyde Park, one was killed and four were injured after a rifle wielding suspect exited a car and began shooting at a group of people standing in front of a home on the 6400 block of South 7th Street. 17-year-old Brandon Jamal Perry was shot in the face and later died. Two others were transported to the hospital and one was treated and released at the scene.

On Sunday morning, a 43-year-old man was found dead by a citizen on the 3400 block of Drew Street in Glassell Park. Ilario Perez's death is being investigated as a gang crime.