Highland Park shootings, gang-related violence up in July, LAPD say

Amy Powell (KABC) | August 2, 2012

LOS ANGELES — The LAPD says July was a really bad month for Highland Park. There were numerous shootings, and many residents say they’re afraid to leave their homes. Those who want something done attended a community meeting Thursday.

But just before that meeting, police swarmed a Highland Park neighborhood searching for two armed men. The suspects, described by authorities as known gang members, were taken into custody.

Concerned residents gathered at a nearby senior center for the meeting, which addressed the alarming rise in shootings.

“We want solutions. These people here are living in fear, the kids out there are not safe,” said Highland Park resident Art Pulido.

LAPD Capt. Bill Murphy spoke at the meeting and informed residents about the increase in violence.

“We’ve had in Highland Park about nine shootings, and our breakdown in all of them is the Highland Park gang pretty much is responsible for probably 80, 90 percent of those shootings,” said Murphy.

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