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Homicides in Los Angeles up 250 pct in first week of June: police

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Homicides in Los Angeles, the second largest United States city, skyrocketed in the first week of June, up 250 percent compared to the previous week, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said Monday on Twitter.

“The week of 5/31 to 6/6, homicides went up 250% and victims shot went up 56% compared to the previous week,” the LAPD tweeted.

“The past 24 hrs has seen 4 shootings, one of those resulting in a homicide,” it said, adding that the killing took place on Monday morning, while another two of the shootings occurring later were believed to be gang related.

According to the LAPD, one of the four shootings, which took place at around 9:20 p.m. local time on Monday (0420 GMT on Tuesday), involved multiple victims walking in Sun Valley, a community located 30 km northwest of Los Angeles City Hall, who were shot by a person driving up in a black truck. The victims were taken to a local hospital in stable condition.

The LAPD did not say if the increase in crime was related to easing novel coronavirus restrictions or recent protests in response to the death of African American man George Floyd in Minneapolis.

In April, LAPD Chief Michel Moore said crime in the city dropped immediately after the city’s stay-at-home order took effect, down 23 percent year-on-year.

(XINHUA)

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