This is crime's dark season. August historically produces L.A.'s most murders. And, to top that off, the bad guys have taken to shooting at LAPD cops in several recent incidents.
Early Sunday officers and detectives were investigating a murder in the 2100 block of East 103rd Street only a few blocks from the Watts Towers when they heard shots fired nearby.
Someone had the nerve to take another life as several cops stood nearby. Here's how it all went down, according to an LAPD statement:
The first homicide case started about 8:45 p.m. Saturday on East 103rd in the Jordan Downs housing project.
About 20 people were hanging out when someone walked up to 19-year-old Deshon Rasberry and opened fire in what police say was a gang-related attack. He died "a short time later" at a hospital.
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After midnight, as cops and investigators remained at the scene, gunfire erupted around the corner. A trip to the 10500 Block of South Grape Street (home to the notorious Grape Street Crips) revealed 28-year-old Reginald McDaniel, dead at the scene.
He was in a car that crashed into a tree. Two people who were in the car were fled but captured by police and questioned as witnesses. Investigators believe that whoever opened fire did so from a sidewalk.
Yeah, police say, " ... This murder is also considered gang related."
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Are they connected? Police aren't saying.
But the fact that some bad guys would open fire on cops means that it's not so surprising that they would pull the trigger when officers are so close.
Anyone with info was asked to call 213-485-4341.