Five Homicides in Less Than a Week in South LA

Despite the recent numbers, the Los Angeles Police Department reports that homicides are down 11 percent from last year in South LA.

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    South Los Angeles has seen a spike in violence in recent weeks. Michelle Valles reports for the NBC4 News at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (Published Thursday, Sep 4, 2014)

    Despite the fact that police officials say crime is down in South Los Angeles, some residents are concerned after a recent uptick in violence.

    Five people have been shot and killed in South LA since Sunday, and in August, a total of 32 people were shot.

    "What can I say? It happens all over the country, but now it's in LA," one resident told NBC4. "I wish it could be better."

    In this week’s shootings, three were possibly gang-related. The other two were killed as a result of road rage.

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    "It's just road rage, road rage. People are angry, what are they angry about? That's my question,' South LA resident Tio Jaime said.

    The Los Angeles Police Department reports that homicides are down 11 percent from last year in South LA.

    “Gang crime is down. Homicides are down. Violent crime is down,” LAPD Det. Sal LaBarbera.

    Forty detectives in LaBarbera’s unit are getting work out at churches and communities that the recent homicides are not connected.

    Though no suspects have been identified in this week’s killing, the LAPD has some good leads.