Gangs, Death, and Eagle Rock

Our friend Mollye lives in Eagle Rock, across the street from a cemetery and squarely in the territory of the Avenues street gang.

On Thursday she was evacuated from her home:

A drive-by attack followed by a wild shootout between gang members and police shut down dozens of blocks of Northeast Los Angeles for nearly six hours Thursday afternoon, stranding thousands of residents, keeping students locked in their classrooms and leaving two people dead.

Veteran L.A. Police Department officials described the bizarre midday shootings — and the widespread disruption they caused — as highly unusual even in an area known for gang activity. It left the neighborhood littered with shell casings and its residents fearful.

And here’s a good backgrounder on the gangs and the neighborhood:

Police have tried to crush them for years, but for all the law enforcement rained upon the shabby two blocks of wrought-iron fences and stucco apartments, homeboys still command the street

2 Replies to “Gangs, Death, and Eagle Rock”

  1. Hi Kent, I’d be interested to know how that event ties into the recent violence out my way in the SGV.

    We had a huge upswing and with a sudden swarm of police patrolling it dropped. Our problem came with the release of some very bad bangers from prison with what is believed to be orders from La Eme to push a long established gang out of the area. I wonder if that is similar fight over turf and the crime.

    We have been quiet for 3 weeks now but we worry what happens when the extra patrols end. A friend in the District Court believes that the patrols only shifted the violence elsewhere and the retaliations will resume once they leave. Scary thought.

    BTW…the LA Times link is dead.

  2. Isn’t that considered Glassel Park? Or do they like to spin it so that they come off living in the cooler area known as Eagle Rock?

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