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LOCAL VOICES: Violent upheaval rages in Compton

Residents outraged; word on street, latest barrage of gunfire not Crip-Blood upheaval, but may involve a third street gang COMPTON  —  Contrary to official providence that violence is on the decline in the “Hub City,” violent

Residents outraged; word on street, latest barrage of gunfire not Crip-Blood upheaval, but may involve a third street gang

COMPTON  —  Contrary to official providence that violence is on the decline in the “Hub City,” violent upheaval like the two shootings, Saturday  —  one fatal  — tell a different story. A mother in a vehicle was shot multiple times in Compton Saturday night while her young son sat in the back seat, spurring a search for the shooter or shooters, authorities said.

The woman was the second person to be shot in a vehicle in Compton that day. Hours earlier, deputies found a man had been shot multiple times inside a parked vehicle in the 2700 block of West Lantana Street, according to a sheriff’s news release.

The incident occurred in the 1000 block of Grandee Avenue about 10:15 p.m., said Lt. Lucio of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Compton Station.

It was unclear whether the SUV was moving or stopped when the gunfire erupted. After being struck twice, she drove to the intersection of Alondra Boulevard and Center Avenue, where she received help from first responders, Lucio said.

The victim was taken to a local hospital in stable condition, according to the lieutenant. She was initially unresponsive at the scene but is expected to survive her injuries.

Her son  —  believed to be 1-year-old  — was not struck by the gunfire. No description of the shooter or shooters was immediately provided. The unidentified man later died at an area hospital. An arrest, in either case, has not been made.

The shootings are not connected, a sheriff’s official said Sunday morning.

But the Compton Herald received word from street resources  — though unconfirmed  —  that perpetrators are from a street gang operating in Compton apart from either the Crips or Bloods rival sets.

Sheriff’s investigators also said they had no knowledge of this.

Meanwhile, an ever-increasing cacophony of voices in the city are speaking out for a solution to the mayhem.

Satra Zurita: “How much more? Really! Let’s see how outraged our community is about this woman being shot with her baby in the car! Be outraged and help to solve this case in the next ‪#‎48hours‬ ‪#‎outraged‬ ‪#‎reality‬ ‪#‎whosenext‬?

Martha Barajas: “Where are all the peacemakers? All of these non-profits advocating for peace? Whose door are you knocking [on] for help? Let us all unite!
The entire city council, residents , parents , we need to come together to stop this madness!”

Jerry Kelly: “We have to clean up our own house . Worldwide our [Black] race is looked down upon .”

Rhonda Yvette Williams: “There are never any suspects. Where do you start? Something is not right. You can’t say it’s civilians or the authority. You really can’t say if these people live outside of Compton, either. These shootings are always near the 91 Freeway. The shooters may not live in Compton.”

Maria Santillan-Beas: “Horrible!”

Debra Johnson: “Don’t make no sense. Things are definitely getting out of hand.”

Steve Guinn: “Apparently it is only worthy of outrage if the shooter is a White policeman. Otherwise, it is just business as usual.”

Dean Johnson: “That’s why I had to leave the city I loved when I was growing up. Man, it was great back in days when you could go anywhere in Compton and enjoy yourself. Those days are long gone. It’s sad. I cry for Compton.”

Andre Giardino: “Nobody cares because she wasn’t shot by the cops.”

Geneva Clay: “If a mother and her child are denied a sense of security, then no one is secure. But the bitter fact is, the lives of women and children, [and] the elderly are cheap within society itself.”

Wash Les: “Nobody f —ing cares unless it’s a White cop ! Until we truly understand Black lives matter, miss me with the bulls—  [and] stop killing each other,Then talk to me.”

Lulu Talley: “The feeling is the same but the difference is we are being murdered by those we pay our tax dollars to!”

Shavay Smith: “I care. I couldn’t imagine being shot in front of my children. The last town hall meeting held for violence … there were less than 10 people there. It saddens me to see people go so hard for all other organizations as if it doesn’t matter when we are  gunned down by our own people. You get no support from the streets because people are fearful of getting involved or desensitized to the violence that happens too often in our communities.”

Precious Bradshaw: “Lord have mercy!”

Shockie Danford: “Wow, that’s crazy.”

Georgia Scott: “Wow, so sad. May God comfort her family in their time of grief.” #ALLLIVESMATTER

Chris Petit: “We need to come together to find the cause. We shouldn’t be afraid, We should be angry enough to act.”

Gretchen Smith: “Exactly!”

Nita Watson: “Put serial numbers on ammunition issued to police officers; random shootings will be fewer, guaranteed! We’re not stupid. These shootings are not all random.”

KTLA 5 contributed to this story.


Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

  • LaQuita July 11, 2016

    My mother was murdered in Compton in 2007. We had lived in the city for a few years. Until that devastating day we had not expereinced any acts of aggression toward us, although there was some gang related or believed to be gang related violence near by. The street that I lived on was filled with residents who lived their entired lives on the street. Their children walked to school and during the period of time that I was there, no one was threatened, beaten up or shot. I spoke to some of the residents more recently and the violence is more recognizable and very different. More so because of innocent babies being gunned down. It’s tear jerking to say the least. We have to pray more for our cities and our babies!

  • Robert Ray July 11, 2016

    At one time Compton was one of the most dangerous cities in America. It looks like we may make that list again if this madness doesn’t stop.

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