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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:

'Things have calmed down in South L.A.,' LAPD says

Gang threats of violence on social media draw fear

Homicide Report: Kenneth Lynn Peevy, 27

-- Matt Ballinger

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