String Of South L.A. Shootings Fuels Rumors Of 100 Days Of Gang Violence
South L.A. residents experienced a frightening weekend of shootings, in which one person died and five others were injured in separate incidents. Some believe this string of shootings is related to rumors that a gang is threatening 100 days of violence.
There were four different shootings that took place over the weekend, one of which occurred right outside of a Baptist church on Hoover Street, according to the L.A. Times.
"People are scared," Naima Smith, a South L.A. resident, told the Times. "Grandmothers, mothers, aunties, uncles, even the O.G. gangsters.... They don't know what to do."
The LAPD is investigating the shootings, and in the meantime have brought in more officers in the neighborhood to beef up patrols. No arrests have been made as of Sunday evening. Some of the shootings are believed to be gang-related, and authorities are focusing on active gang members as well as reaching out to gang intervention workers in hopes of deescalating the violence.
Rumors have been going around in the community, where residents are saying that a gang is promising 100 days of violence after one of its members was recently killed. People have taken to social media to talk about the rumors, some using the hashtag #100days100nights, and others vowing revenge.
The first shooting this weekend took place around 4 p.m. on Saturday at the intersection of 81st and Hoover streets. A suspect drove up to a man who was in his car, and sent a hail of bullets before fleeing. The victim, 47-year-old Anthony Alonzo Cudger, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are still investigating the reason behind the shooting, but believe it may have had to do with an argument that took place at a gang member's funeral just a little over a mile away from the deadly shooting.
Seven blocks away, and less than an hour after the first shooting, another man in his 40s was shot in his car, which was at the intersection of 75th and Figueroa streets. He was able to drive himself to the hospital, but the suspect managed to get away.
A little after 9 p.m., authorities found a man in his 20s who was shot in his stomach at Hyde Park Boulevard and Brynhurst Avenue, and rushed him to a hospital. About 35 minutes later, a gunman shot three people who were walking on the street at 47th Street and Budlong Avenue, less than four miles away from the last shooting. The victims, two men and one woman, were all taken to a hospital. One is in critical condition.
There was also another car-to-car shooting that occurred early this morning, a little after midnight, according to City News Service. The victim, a man in his 20s, told police that the suspect shot at him and wounded him in his buttocks, possibly over road rage. He was taken to a hospital, and the suspect fled the scene.