COVID-19 fades, but bloody attacks surge in L.A: ‘Too many guns in too many hands’

COVID-19 fades, but bloody attacks surge in L.A: ‘Too many guns in too many hands’

[Ed. – The ‘too many guns’ quote comes from LAPD Chief Michel Moore. It’s commentary typical of him.]

In the first four months of 2021, gunshot victims have arrived at a much greater rate than usual.

The Level 1 trauma center in Torrance treats about 3,500 patients a year; an average of 15% experience “penetrating trauma” such as a shooting or stabbing, said Putnam, chief of the trauma and acute care surgery division.

So far this year, the figure stands at 19%, he said. From Jan. 1 to April 27, the hospital treated 142 shooting victims, compared with 76 during the same period last year — an increase of nearly 87%. …

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According to Los Angeles Police Department data, the city as of Saturday had seen 465 shootings since Jan. 1, an almost 67% increase over the same period last year. Homicides, at 115 as of Sunday, were up more than 26%.

Police say gangs were often to blame; disputes at homeless encampments were another major factor.

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