Rumored threats of gang violence in South Los Angeles spread on social media

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Rumored threats of gang violence are spreading on social media under the #100Days100Nights.

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Rumored threats of gang violence are spreading on social media under the hashtag #100Days100Nights. It's a so-called competition among gangs to see who can murder 100 people first, and it has many South Los Angeles residents worried.

"We don't have any information, any valid credible information, that the rumor -- that social media post -- is actually valid," Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief George Villegas said.

The hashtag began appearing online over the weekend as police responded to a series of shootings in South Los Angeles that resulted in a tactical alert. Several people were wounded, and at least one man died.

But LAPD officials say gangs have been known to use social media, and an active investigation has been underway for several days.

"What we're doing is chasing it down through social media, but what we're finding it's circular. It's one person saying that they heard from another person, and we're not able to identify it to any one particular gang or gang member," Villegas said.

Despite the lack of evidence, fears are rising in the community. Tuesday night, residents held a "Let me live" peace rally in South Los Angeles to express concern about the innocent victims being targeted.

"It's really crippled us. People are afraid to go out the door. People are afraid to do this. Something has to be done," church pastor Willie McDaniel said.

LAPD officials say they're taking steps to ease concerns, including increasing patrols in the area.

"In case it is true, we're putting resources into the area where it could potentially be true, (so) that the community knows that we're there," Villegas said.