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Gangs Shift From Drive-Bys to Walk-Up Shootings in L.A.

March 27, 2015  | 

Ray Martinez, an LAPD detective, is seeing fewer fatal drive-by shootings. When Martinez goes behind the yellow tape, he's more commonly working on cases where a gunman has walked straight up to the victim — a walk-up shooting, reports the Los Angeles Times.

As gang culture has become less overt, the killings have become more targeted — and at the same time more chilling.

"They get to see the whole reaction," Martinez said. "It seems more daring."

Jorja Leap, a UCLA anthropologist who studies gang culture, agreed. "In a walk-up, you see who you're killing," Leap said. "You're going to listen to what they say as you shoot them."

Fatal drive-by shooting statistics were not publicly available from the LAPD, and there are no recent national statistics. But Leap sees a shift in how gangs operate.

Comments (4)

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rede2hike @ 3/28/2015 9:25 AM

What's next, IEDS on the road side, in the garbage can of your favorite diner, the world is flushing fast.

Henry Johnson @ 3/28/2015 6:23 PM

I retired four years ago. I remember many cases when a rival gang member was dropped off and approached on foot. I also worked the South L.A. area.
This is nothing new, however, I am not up on the trends.
I would rather listen to a gang investigator, or a cop that works the streets than an anthropologist.

AZBIGDOG @ 3/29/2015 8:01 AM

I believe that this was common back when crackdowns on leaders of gangs found their leaders in prison and they were ordering murders from the prison itself? Popular in ca.

S.S. @ 5/14/2015 8:32 AM

As long as there are gangs their will be new and old ways of how to kill their rivals. However I know this is cold, but they chose their path into this gang life. Atleast there's a lesser chance of a younger kid 5,6,7,8, etc., of getting shot with their spray and pray method of drive by's.

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