Police work to calm concerns about threats of increased gang violence
Police are working to calm concerns about gang violence after a cluster of gang-related shootings in South L.A. over the weekend and various threats on social media, The Times has reported.
The death of 27-year-old Kenneth Lynn Peevy on July 17 sparked an incendiary claim that a gang had vowed 100 days of violence in retaliation for his shooting in Westmont. Among the Twitter conversations were the hashtags #100days100nights and #prayforLA.
But LAPD Deputy Chief Bill Scott said Tuesday that the department's 77th Street Division had not seen a gang-related shooting since Saturday night.
"The fear, it's still out there. It takes a while to dial this stuff back," he told The Times. "That thing took on a life of its own."
Here is some of The Times' coverage of the recent violence:
-- Matt Ballinger