Shootings attributed to local gangs left two people dead and three wounded, one critically, in a pair of incidents in Northwest Pasadena on Friday and Saturday. Pasadena police reacted with heightened patrols which netted multiple arrests and weapons, including a loaded AK-47.
In a drive-by attack Friday night on a group of mourners holding a vigil for an earlier murder, assailants in a car sprayed as many as 15 rounds from an automatic weapon, striking four of the vigil-goers. Two died, and two more are now recovering from gunshot wounds.
Then on Saturday at a vigil for Friday’s dead, another drive-by shooting resulted in the wounding of a young man with a non-threatening gunshot injury to his upper leg.
Police reacted with a strategy described by a law enforcement official as being “as proactive as possible.”
Heavy patrols by Special Enforcement Section and patrol officers netted at least 10 gang members or felons in possession of seven illegal handguns and two automatic weapons.
After an attempted traffic stop that resulted in a pursuit at 2:11 a.m. this morning, officers confronted and arrested four gang members armed with four handguns and a fully-loaded AK-47.
Two City Councilmembers reacted to the gang violence with statements over the weekend.
Councilmember John Kennedy said in an email that “This is a community tragedy.”
District 5 Councilmember Victor Gordo called for more police.
“I renew my demands that the City Council increase funding and staffing for the Pasadena Police Dept. While this did not occur in my District, it is not acceptable anywhere in our city,” Gordo said by telephone on Saturday.
Here is a chronology of the events as they have unfolded over the past weekend:
Friday, January 6, 2016 – Four Shot, Two Dead in Northwest Pasadena Shooting Spree
Saturday, January 7, 2016 – Shooting Saturday Afternoon Leaves Young Man Seriously Wounded
Sunday, January 8, 2016 – Names of Two Men Shot to Death Friday Night Released by Official