Gli angeli recorded its 300th homicide for the year — a milestone last reached a decade ago.
This year’s spike in violence in Los Angeles — including a 32% increase in shootings — comes as other major cities also grapple with similar rises in crime during la pandemia di coronavirus.
Il Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that four killings from Saturday into Sunday morning pushed the city into the 300-death mark for the first time since 2009.
Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Stacy Spell told the newspaper that the official count will come after additional determinations are made, including by the county’s coroner.
“The reality is there are 300,” Spell said. “It’s tragic.”
One victim was a 17-year-old boy riding a bicycle, riportava il giornale. The others were a 50-year-old homeless man, a 20-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman.
Much of the violence this year was in South L.A. and Central L.A. Chief Michel Moore has said he believes some of the increased crime is due to problems related to the pandemic, such as economic struggles and virus-related restrictions on services and interventions.
L'anno scorso, L.A. recorded 253 omicidi, il LA Times segnalato, e 260 nel 2018.
Nel 2009, the city had 312 killings.