An additional 30 police officers are expected to be deployed across Northeast Los Angeles following two recent gang-related killings in Cypress Park and Highland Park that ended a months-long period without deadly violence. Capt. William Murphy of the Northeast Division said today in an email newsletter that he has “requested additional resources from other police stations to increase our presence and take additional enforcement actions against the local gangs.” Murphy made the request one day after a male was shot and killed in Highland Park Wednesday afternoon and another male was injured several hours later during a shooting in Cypress Park. The Wednesday shootings come three days after a man died following a Cypress Park shooting early Sunday.
The second killing took place in Highland Park on Wednesday at about 5 PM when a 17-year-old male described as a gang member was shot multiple times while standing in front of an apartment building in the 300 block of North Avenue 57. “We had a patrol unit right around the corner and responded to the scene within seconds – but unfortunately the suspect’s vehicle had fled and we could not pick it up with our helicopters,” Murphy said. “The victim was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.”
A few hours later, another 17-year-old male standing was shot while standing on a street corner near Avenue 37 and Figueroa Street in Cypress Park. The victim, described as a member of the Avenues gang, survived the shooting but was in serious condition, police said. The shots were fired from a white vehicle with two male Latinos. “This is another gang related shooting involving the local gangs, Murphy said. “We are investigating if this incident is related to the Sunday shooting.”
The Northeast Division, which stretches from Los Feliz to Eagle Rock, had been murder-free since late December this week’s killings.
* This story has been updated from earlier versions with new information.
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