Shooting that killed 2 at San Pedro park may be gang-related

The shooting at a crowded San Pedro park that killed two people and injured six on Sunday afternoon is believed to be gang-related, according to Los Angeles Police Department.

The LAPD said it received reports of a shooting just before 4 p.m. in Peck Park, where about 500 people were gathered. A softball game and car show took place, but it’s not clear if either event was connected to the incident.

The shooting happened near the baseball park, LAPD officer Drake Madison said. The number of suspects is unknown, but the incident is believed to be gang-related and resulted from a dispute between two parties, he said.

Several firearms were seized at the scene and used as evidence, police said. As of 1 p.m. Monday, police had neither anyone in custody nor a description of the suspects.

Eight people, including four women and four men, suffered gunshot wounds and were hospitalized, including a 29-year-old man and a 31-year-old man who died at the hospital, according to Madison. The other six, including a man who drove himself to the hospital in a private vehicle, are stable.

While the details of the shooting are still being worked out, Sunday’s outbreak of violence appears to stem from a long-simmering internal conflict within the Santana Blocc Crips gang, according to Cornell “Coach” Ward of the Southern California CeaseFire Committee, a coalition of violence prevention groups.

“It’s like a civil war between Santana Blocc Crips,” Ward said of the Compton-based gang, which formed in the late 1970s. “We don’t know what really triggered it, but bottom line, but if you’ve got what we consider community events, it shouldn’t be a shootout.”

Ward said incidents like this are part of a cycle of attacks and retaliation, sometimes stretching back years, which, if left unchecked, could lead to more bloodshed. Because of this, he said, outreach staffers have reached out to gang members to calm strained nerves and hopefully deter retaliatory attacks.

“That’s pretty much what we’re doing now,” Ward said. “We have some conversations between people from that community and we’re like, ‘Hey, let’s stay home and play defense, that is, don’t go out and shoot someone, don’t go out and retaliate,’ until we have a good idea how we can crush this thing.”

Madison said he didn’t know which specific gang was involved in the shooting, but that it was now “in the hands of the detectives.”

The LAPD declared a citywide tactical alert due to the large number of police officers dispatched to the scene. Madison said the park still doesn’t appear to be an active scene. Shooting that killed 2 at San Pedro park may be gang-related

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