Los Angeles, CA – In a series of tweets, the Los Angeles Police Department announced a shocking surge in violent crime statistics just over two weeks into the new year.
Homicides in South LA, the LAPD Twitter account said, are up 150% over this time last year. Police said that the South LA area accounts for around 42% of the total homicides. Additionally, the number of victims shot in South LA are up and astonishing 742%.
Shootings are up 234% in the area, which accounts for 65% of the shootings in the entire city. So far this year, 130 illegal firearms have been recovered off the streets in South LA, and 105 arrests have been made for “possession of [...]