Posted on July 26, 2022

Shooting That Killed 2 and Injured 6 at San Pedro Park Believed to Be Gang-Related

Summer Lin and Libor Jany, Los Angeles Times, July 25, 2022

The shooting at a crowded San Pedro park Sunday afternoon that killed two people and wounded six was believed to be gang-related, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The LAPD said it got reports of a shooting just before 4 p.m. at Peck Park, where about 500 people were gathered. A softball game and car show were taking place, but it’s unclear whether either event was connected to the incident.

The shooting occurred near the baseball diamond, LAPD Officer Drake Madison said. The number of suspects is unknown, but the incident is believed to be gang-related and to have resulted from a dispute between two parties, he said.


Eight people — four women and four men — suffered gunshot wounds and were hospitalized, including a 29-year-old man and a 31-year-old man who died at the hospital, Madison said. The six others, including a man who transported himself to the hospital in a private vehicle, are listed as stable.

While details of the shooting are still being sorted out, it appears Sunday’s outburst of violence stemmed from a long-simmering internal conflict among the Santana Blocc Crips gang, said Cornell “Coach” Ward of Southern California CeaseFire Committee, a coalition of violence prevention groups.

“It’s like a civil war between Santana Blocc Crips,” Ward said of the Compton-based gang, which was formed in the late 1970s. {snip}