LOS ANGELES, CA — The COVID-19 pandemic despair is driving a spike in gun violence and homicides across Los Angeles this year, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore.The outbreak and the shutdowns have spurred economic despair and interpersonal dramas while making it harder for people to get help, said Moore. The spike in fatal shootings comes despite a notable drop in gang shootings. The violence appears to be of a more interpersonal nature.While the pandemic was initially credited with a drop in crime citywide, that trend reversed over the summer, and July and August were particularly deadly months in the city.
As of Sept. 5, homicides were up 13.7% compared with the same time last year, while the number of shooting victims was up 8.2%, according to the latest city data. Incidents in which shots were fired, including those in which no one was struck, were up 11.9%. Compared with 2018, the increases were even more stark, with homicides up more than 20%. “What we’re sensing is a lot of stress, a lot of communities that are on edge, a certain amount of depression,” Moore said during a morning meeting of the civilian Police Commission in remarks reported by the Los Angeles Times. Read More….