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LAPD: June sees an uptick in shootings in South LA

LAPD crime tape blocks public access during a recent investigation.
LAPD crime tape blocks public access during a recent investigation.
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Police in South L.A. are on alert this weekend after five people were shot Friday and two more on Saturday. The violence comes as LAPD's South Bureau reports an increase in homicides and shootings.
LAPD's South Bureau has recorded eight homicides from May 30 to June 15. The area includes the 77th Street, Harbor, Southeast, and Southwest community police stations.

No one was killed in Friday's shootings and police believe at least one of the incidents could be gang related. A modified tactical alert was temporarily issued for the South Bureau area. That means officers stayed on patrol after their shift ended until they were no longer needed.

At least two more shootings were reported by Saturday afternoon, leaving one man dead in his West Adams apartment.

Earlier this month, police in the 77th Division held a news conference to alert the community about an uptick in gang-related shootings. Fourteen of them happened during the first weekend of June.

Overall crime in Los Angeles is down. LAPD South Bureau officials say homicide numbers so far in 2013 seem to be below those of last year.

In LAPD's Southeast division last weekend, the area was just three days shy of going two months without a homicide since the division opened, said Capt. Phil Tingirides.

"As far as I can tell, looking back, that's never happened in the 35 years that Southeast has been open," he said.

Police are using gang intervention specialists and enhanced police enforcement to ease tensions between rival gangs in the area.

Summer tends to bring more violent crime to Los Angeles, as young people have extra time because school is out and the days are longer.