Now it seems like we’re in the middle of a gangland revenge free-for-all.
First there was the Halloween Shooting that wounded one and took the life of a 15 year old kid who was apparently deeply involved in a local gang.
Then last night there was a shooting on the south end of Beacon Hill. While no one there was injured, the target was a house, and outside that house police found a vehicle that matched one in an unspecified shooting here in the East Precinct. A search of that vehicle turned up a gun and drugs.
Now at 4:51pm today there were shots exchanged between a pedestrian and a vehicle at 28th & Jackson. That intersection is commonly known as the home turf of the Deuce8s. In that incident, police are looking for a black male, 20s, that left the scene on foot and a Maroon Ford Explorer that drove away southbound.
Based on all of this, it’s becoming pretty easy to conclude that we’re seeing a tit for tat cycle of retaliation between one or more gangs here in the CD and in the south end of the city.
There’s some parts that don’t add up. For example, the kid killed on Friday appears to have been in a Bloods gang based on his MySpace page. But Deuce8 is actually Gangster Disciples according to NWGangs.com. So it could be just generally east vs. southend or something else.
But regardless, it’s hard to believe that the current level of violence is all coincidental. We’re trying to get some police department comments on this, and will update if we do.
Update: Another one, at 5:40pm near Pratt Park at 19th & Main. Witnesses say that someone in a group of 15-20 juveniles shot and hit a victim. That victim has not been located yet, and the group of kids were gone by the time police arrived.