Four Dead, 10 Injured Over Weekend
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Planned truce talks between youth gang leaders did little to slow weekend bloodshed on inner-city streets as a wave of violent conflicts left four people dead and 10 others injured.
The weekend violence erupted in the wake of announced plans by city church leaders to stage a truce summit this week between members of the city’s major black street gang factions.
Alfredo Guillen, 34, was critically wounded when an unknown assailant wearing gang-style clothing approached on foot outside a bar and shot him in the head after a brief argument, said Detective John Bunch.
A brawl Saturday night between about 30 gang rivals in a Boyle Heights alley left a 17-year-old admitted gang member nursing a minor stab wound at County-USC Medical Center, said police Sgt. Dave Lewis.
Police also were investigating the discovery of a man’s body on the street in gang-ridden south-central Los Angeles after a shooting Sunday afternoon.
Another man was wounded by gunfire Sunday in what he initially told police was a drive-by attack, Officer Jesse Williams said. Derek Grant, 22, of Los Angeles later revealed he apparently was shot in self-defense by his landlord following an argument and fistfight, Williams said.
Earlier, Louis Canales, 18, of Maywood, died after being shot with a .357- caliber Magnum pistol following a confrontation between rival gangs, said county sheriff’s Deputy Dan Cox.
A 15-year-old Cudahy youth, whose name was withheld, was in custody for investigation of the fatal shooting, Cox said.
A shouting match with gang members escalated into gunfire that killed Larry Marcus, 18, of Palmdale, who was fatally shot in a shopping center parking lot early Saturday morning, said police Detective William Humphry.
Robert Mora, also 18, of Los Angeles, was struck by a single bullet in the attack, and was listed in stable condition at a UCLA Medical Center, Humphry said.
The alleged gunmen, known to police as active gang members, evaded capture, the detective said.
And in Atwater, Benjamin Rivas, 17, was killed by shotgun blasts from assailants who yelled gang slogans from a moving car before opening fire late Friday, said police Lt. Dave Waterman.
Five teen-agers were wounded in another apparent gang attack, and an unidentified 17-year-old was hit by gunfire late Friday as he walked on the street with friends, police said.