13-year-old boy shot in South L.A.

A 13-year-old boy was shot and wounded in South L.A. on Sunday night, in keeping with the Los Angeles Police Division.

The taking pictures occurred about 6:30 p.m. within the 4800 block of McKinley Avenue within the metropolis’s Newton division, police stated.

The boy was transported for medical therapy at an area hospital in what was described as “secure” situation, stated Capt. Stacy Spell, an LAPD spokesman.

Spell stated preliminary info was that the boy had been shot within the leg, however few particulars in regards to the incident had been instantly out there Sunday evening.

The taking pictures comes amid a spate of sustained gun violence, which hit a 10-year excessive in 2020 in Los Angeles, and continued into 2021, which has gotten off to a good deadlier begin than the 12 months earlier than.

As of Feb. 13, homicides had been up practically 38% this 12 months in contrast with the identical interval final 12 months, in keeping with LAPD information. Shootings had been up practically 145% over final 12 months, and greater than 163% over the identical interval in 2019. A lot of the violence has occurred in South L.A.

Police and neighborhood leaders blame a mixture of elements — many to do with the COVID-19 pandemic and its related shutdowns.

Police officers have stated they’re placing extra officers into the neighborhoods most affected by the violence, and hope that easing COVID-19 restrictions will assist restore steadiness and convey violence ranges down.

Violent crime was elevated in cities throughout the U.S. final 12 months, not simply in Los Angeles, main criminologists and regulation enforcement leaders to imagine localized elements — resembling LAPD price range reductions, or modifications in native deployments — are unlikely to be the principle reason for the uptick.

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