Violence is on the rise in Los Angeles at an alarming rate, according to LA Police Department Chief Michel Moore.
Chief Moore is calling the weekend ‘tragically violent’ after more than a dozen people were shot or killed.
“It leaves us this morning with 39 additional homicides as a city compared to last year and 101 additional shooting victims from a year ago,” said Chief Moore. “This is a pace of shooting and violence that we have not seen in years.”
Chief Moore added that this is not just gang violence but children being shot in the streets.
“This is violence that is hitting our very young, and very innocent,” said Chief Moore.
He hypothesized that one of the reasons for the increase is the social isolation that is happening during COVID-19, a time, also, when many are feeling helpless about their economic circumstances.
A coalition has now been formed with faith leaders and the LAPD to try to stop the gun violence plaguing the area.
“You will see the expanded presence of community and gang intervention workers over the coming days and weekends so that we stop this before it gets any bigger and we can have peace in our streets and neighborhoods,” said Marqueece Harris-Dawson, LA City Councilmember for District 8.