Two Slain, Four Wounded In Overnight Gang Violence
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Two people were killed and four others wounded in separate shootings blamed on a single gang, police said Saturday.
The deaths occurred in Los Angeles’ gang-dominated south side Friday night, and police said the attackers got away.
Raymond Smith, 21, and Adam Lopez, 16, were killed in separate drive-by shootings within 15 minutes, said police Sgt. Stacey Coon.
Police blamed gang rivalry, but had made no arrests.
In three other attacks Friday night and Saturday morning four people were wounded, two critically, and police blamed members of the Rockwood gang, said Sgt. Sam Layton.
Edward Enrique Moran, 21, was wounded in the leg by a bullet fired from a stairwell crowded with alleged gang members. Moran was driving in his car when he was struck, Layton said.
Moran was able to continue driving to a hospital where he was treated and released, the sergeant said.
A gang challenge and shouted profanities similar to those in the Moran shooting preceded the second attack an hour and a half later on Raymon Gomez, 24, Layton said.
Gomez was hospitalized in serious but stable condition.
Mary Lou Vega, 19, and a teen-age boy suffered critical wounds in the third alleged Rockwood gang shooting on a street corner early Saturday, Layton said.
Ms. Vega underwent emergency surgery for a gunshot wound to the shoulder and was listed in critical but stable condition.
The 15-year-old boy, whose name was withheld because of his age, suffered wounds to the back and arm and was also listed in critical but stable condition, a nursing supervisor at County-USC Medical Center said. All three victims were at the medical center.