Investigations continue in shootings
Posted June 15, 2010 at 8:24 pm in News
Three non-USC males were shot on the evening of Tuesday, June 8, west of Vermont Avenue near the university, resulting in two deaths. The shootings were most likely gang-related, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The first shooting occurred at 5:20 p.m. near 35th Street and Budlong Avenue when police say a man in a white T-shirt approached the victim and shot him, fatally wounding him.
Ten minutes after the first incident, four men shot and killed the second victim near Normandie Avenue and 35th Place. The suspects then drove away from the area in a black Pontiac, according to witnesses.
The third shooting occurred near Catalina and 36th streets at 9:30 p.m., when police said a suspect shot and injured the victim. Witnesses did not see the suspect, but said he might have left the area in a burgundy Cadillac.
LAPD requested the assistance of USCâs Department of Public Safety in response to the incidents, said DPS Capt. David Carlisle.
âAccording to LAPD, this appears to be gang related and this appears to be specifically targeted victims,â Carlisle said. âIt appears that [the three shootings] are related.â
In response to the incidents, DPS plans to increase its presence in the area of the shootings, Carlisle said.
âWe are going to redeploy a variety of our DPS resources into that neighborhood âŠ in hopes of discouraging any further violence,â Carlisle said.
DPS released a university-wide crime alert early morning Wednesday, June 9, 2010.
The victims are not connected to the university, but students in the area should be alert, Carlisle said.
âWhen thereâs that kind of violence in a neighborhood, students should be concerned and take reasonable caution,â Carlisle said. âWe hope that they take the crime alert to heart.â
âStudents should continue to follow our normal crime prevention tips: Â Donât walk alone late at night, take advantage of Campus Cruiser and other transportation services, be aware of your surroundings, and if you see something suspicious or you perceive something that doesnât feel right, call DPS,â Carlisle said.
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call DPS at 213-740-4321 or LAPD Southwest Area at 213-485-6571.