A gang member was shot to death, four other people were wounded and police made more than 50 arrests in an anti-gang sweep that capped one of the bloodiest weeks of gang-related violence, officers said Saturday.
The latest death attributed to gang warfare brought the number of people killed in Los Angeles County this year to at least 116.Weary of the continuing bloodshed, a community group called Citizens Against Guns and Drugs called Saturday for the posting of military police at businesses plagued by shootings and drug-related gang crime.
Hoping to stem the violence, police have arrested 8,011 people, including 3,881 known gang members, in a series of highly publicized sweeps and other anti-gang efforts. They have also closed down 112 rock houses and recovered 232 guns.
Despite the crackdown, the killings have continued at a record pace with 75 gang-related deaths in the city alone from January through April, up from 69 recorded during the same period last year.
Police said the latest victim of gang rivalry, identified as Kalon Lewis, 25, a known gang member from Compton, was shot during an argument with three men shortly before 8 p.m. Friday.
Lewis died less than two hours later at Martin Luther King Jr.-Drew Medical Center.
Investigators arrested two gang members in the shooting: Terrance Dawson, 18, and his brother Curtis, 22, both of Compton. The third suspect remained at large.
According to the latest available figures, Lewis was the seventh person killed in the county since only last Saturday.
In another incident, a 14-year-old boy was wounded shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday in a drive-by shooting carried out by two gang members in south central Los Angeles. The youth, whose name was not released, was hospitalized in critical condition with a stomach wound, Lt. Mark Leap said.
Three other men drinking beer outside a house in Lawndale were wounded in another suspected gang shooting about 9:20 p.m. Friday, county sheriff's officials said. Deputy Dan Cox said six to eight shots were fired at the victims.