Gang Gun Battle Shuts Down LA Neighborhood

Streets, schools closed after police shootout with drive-by killers
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2008 7:02 AM CST
Gang Gun Battle Shuts Down LA Neighborhood
LAPD Swat team officers wait for orders in this file photo. Police went door-to-door in a northeast LA neighborhood looking for men who had fled a gun battle with police in which a suspected gang member was killed.   (Getty Images)

Dozens of streets in Los Angeles were shut down yesterday following a police gun battle
with gang members, the Los Angeles Times reports. Schools were locked down and residents ordered to stay in their homes as police searched for suspects in a drive-by shooting that left a man dead from a dozen bullets. When police pulled over suspected gang members, they jumped out of their car, fired on officers, and fled on foot.

One suspect died when police returned fire. A wounded gunman was found hiding under a car and another was captured after SWAT teams went door-to-door. Gang violence has flared up in the area in recent weeks, with much of it blamed on the vicious Avenues gang. "It's been getting worse and worse every single day," a resident said.  (Read more Los Angeles stories.)

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