Venice Beach Violence -- Shooting, Stabbing, Fighting -- Prompts LAPD to Send in The Troops Ahead of Summer
Looks like the LAPD is sending in the troops following at least three weekends of violence on and near the beach in Venice, including a stabbing last weekend and a shooting the weekend before that.
Tony Vera / YouTube Another day, another ambulance on the beach in Venice.
Pacific Division leaders have requested the help of the department's elite Metropolitan Division, home of the original SWAT team. That request was granted, says Pacific Capt. Jon F. Peters.
He tells the Weekly:
We have some additional resources coming from Metro Division that will supplement our resources at the beach. We'll have a more visible presence on Ocean Front Walk.
Tourists, visitors and beach-goers will "be safe and feel safe," Peters promised.
On Sunday just before sunset, when police traditionally clear out the weekly drum circle, a young man was stabbed and subsequently hospitalized in stable condition.
The Sunday before that marked at least a second week of fighting in the drum circle. And the previous Saturday a young man was critically wounded in a shooting near 17th Avenue and Ocean Front Walk.
That attack followed a basketball-court gathering that was "a coordinated event of gangs from outside the area coming here through social networking," Peters said.
"It's not something we see everyday."
While the captain declined to call it a gang-related shooting per se, he did say "we're handling that as a gang crime and we believe there are some gang implications to it."