LOS ANGELES – Many Los Angeles residents are staying off major roadways after a rumor circulated that two opposing gangs have created a killing challenge.
According to the Daily Beast, the feud was sparked by the death of “KP” on July 17. The 27-year-old father was a member of Rollin 100 .
Shortly afterwards, a social media campaign outlined threats of a bet between two gangs. The objective is to be the first to kill 100 people in 100 days.
According to LA Times, the Los Angeles Police Department had been monitoring the threats as soon as they showed up on social media Tuesday. An internal sheriff’s memo to deputies warned there was “significant” social media chatter on Twitter and Instagram.
Authorities said there was no significant rise in shootings, despite the challenge circulating online.
But LA residents could not ignore that between late last week and throughout the weekend. There were more than six shootings that killed one person and injured 12 within one police precinct.
“You’ve got everyday folks who have nothing to do with the gang lifestyle and culture scared,” LAPD Deputy Chief Bill Scott told LA Times.
LAPD mobilized more officers to the area to quell the conflict. They also enlisted the help of local clergy and gang outreach in the area.
Six shootings took place between Thursday and Saturday.
Things calmed down Saturday, when there were no reported shootings.
One shooting occurred on Monday which police believe was a road rage incident.