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Startling surge in L.A. bloodshed as COVID-19 fades: 'Too many guns in too many hands'

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May. 04, 2021

Startling surge in L.A. bloodshed as COVID-19 fades: 'Too many guns in too many hands'

As COVID-19 has receded in Los Angeles County, violence has risen to alarming levels that have communities, police and hospitals staggered.

In the city, there have been 465 shootings since Jan. 1, an almost 67% increase over the same period last year. Homicides were up more than 26%.

Preliminary data from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department show that homicides in surrounding areas increased by more than 113% in the first three months of this year, with 64 killings, compared with 30 during the same period in 2020.

"It's frankly too many guns in too many hands," said LAPD Chief Michel Moore.
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