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Four Killed, TV Crew Attacked in Los Angeles Gang Violence

July 17, 1989

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Four men were killed in weekend gang violence in Southern California and at least 16 other people were injured, including two free-lance television reporters who were pelted with bottles.

Twelve additional police officers were assigned to patrol west Los Angeles to quell an outbreak of gang-related violence that included the attack on the TV crew covering an earlier gang shooting, said Sgt. Bob Tumas.

″It was out of control,″ Tumas said.

Rich Farmer, 25, and Dave Fajardo, 21, from Newsreel Video Service, were bombarded with bottles early Sunday after they finished covering a gang shooting near Culver City in Los Angeles’ western suburbs, said Gary Arnote, owner of the free-lance video company. Both men were cut by flying glass when full beer bottles hit their van and both required stitches, Arnote said.

Among the many shootings blamed on gangs in communities around Los Angeles was that of Frank Gonzalez. Gonzalez, believed innocent of gang involvement, was gunned down by three men in a passing white Cadillac as he stood on a Los Angeles sidewalk Sunday afternoon, said Detective Don Watson.

In the west Los Angeles neighborhood of Mar Vista, Davion Washington, 23, was shot and killed Sunday afternoon. Police believe he was killed by a fellow gang member.

In Santa Ana, about 40 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, Mark Anthony Brooks, 19, was shot to death and two others were wounded early Sunday in a drive-by shooting. Police said Brooks wasn’t a gang member.

Also fatally shot was a 19-year-old suspected gang member in south-central Los Angeles Saturday night, police said. His name wasn’t immediately released.

About 150 police officers arrested 267 people during a two-night anti-gang sweep in the San Fernando Valley. The latest in a series of operations dubbed ″Operation Hammer″ netted 94 reputed gang members among the arrestees, police said.

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