September 04, 2014


City News Service


At least four people were killed in South Los Angeles in a series of Labor Day shootings that also left several victims wounded, police said. Two men walking on Jefferson Boulevard around 7:30 p.m. on September 1, were fired on by a gunman, said Detective David Garrido of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Criminal Gang Homicide Division. Both were struck in the torso, Garrido said.


“One man was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was transported to a hospital for treatment,” he said.


Elsewhere in the LAPD’s Southwest Station area, a man and a woman were shot in the torso at the mouth of an alley in the 3600 block of 9th Avenue at 9 p.m., Garrido said. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the man was transported to a hospital in critical condition. The coroner’s office identified the woman as 25-year-old Brittney Jene Barnett, said coroner's Lt. Fred Corral.


The two shootings were not related to each other, but both may be gang- related, Garrido said.


Also, earlier on September 1, a double homicide was reported about 2 p.m. near the intersection of West Florence and South Vermont avenues, Officer Jane Kim of the Los Angeles Police Department said. One of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene; the second died at a nearby hospital, Kim said. About an hour later and several blocks away, another person was shot at West 65th Street and South Vermont Avenue, she said.


That person was hospitalized with stable vital signs, Kim said. At last one injury shooting per hour was reported in the area throughout the afternoon, Lt. John Jenal of LAPD’s 77th Division said. One person was shot in each of the incidents and taken to an area hospital, he said. One shooting was reported near Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue, another at South Normandie Avenue and West 54th Street and one more at a street somewhere near Vermont Avenue, Jenal said.


Another person was hurt by gunfire just before 8 p.m. at South Normandie and West Manchester avenues, Jenal said. The victim in that shooting was taken to a nearby hospital with the help of a civilian, the lieutenant said. The incidents are not believed to be related, but some of them may be gang-related, Jenal said. 

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