Drive-by shooting mostly limited to gangs in L.A.

February 03, 1994|By Los Angeles Times

Drive-by shootings in Los Angeles occur among specific gangs and in very predictable neighborhoods, according to a new study by University of Southern California doctors.

The study appears in today's New England Journal of Medicine. Compiled from 1991 files of the Gang Information Section of the Los Angeles Police Department, it shows drive-by shootings to be a largely planned, systematic activity among black and Latino gangs.

During that year, 677 adolescents and children in Los Angeles were shot at in a drive-by situation, and 63 percent of those were injured.

Among the study's findings: 71 percent of those shot were gang members; all 35 homicide victims were black or Latino, and 97 percent were young men; most people were shot on public streets and at night, and the highest number of shootings occurred in the summer months.

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