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LAPD Addresses 14-Murder Weekend: 'We Should Not Panic'

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After 11, 12, no 14 murders in Los Angeles County (10 of which that were in the city of Los Angeles) this past weekend, the LAPD blog publishes a post about it:

Over the weekend, a number of crimes have occurred throughout the City of Los Angeles resulting in 10 homicides, all from separate incidents. Several of the 10 homicides have been confirmed as being gang-related, but investigations are still ongoing and information provided today is preliminary. On dealing with crime suppression efforts, Assistant Chief Paysinger stated, "as trends migrate and evolve throughout the City, we have an obligation to move resources to address crime…we should not panic" as this is a spike in crime that we see periodically within the City of Los Angeles. There have been no connections or trends developing that can be inferred as a result of this spike in the number of homicides. The last spike that we experienced similar to this weekend, occurred in January over a four-day period, where there were 11 homicides. It should be noted that homicides are down 32% compared to the same time period in 2002.

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as the LA Times notes, homicides are up by 8% from last year.

The area with the most murders was the Valley with four such incidents, but arrests have already been made in three of them. Eight of the incidents involved a firearm and the two others included a knife and an unknown object.