Reports of kill contest between LA gangs spark fears
Two Los Angeles gangs have allegedly entered into a horrifying contest to see which one can kill 100 people in the next 100 days.
The rumored bet — which follows the shooting death of Rollin' 100s Crip gang member known as "KP" — was reportedly made on social media last week with the hashtag #100days100nights, and some suspect it might be the reason behind the spike in violent crimes in L.A. over the weekend.
KABC reports on Saturday night, the LAPD issued a tactical alert following at least five gang-related shootings that happened in a matter of hours. More than half a dozen shootings were reported over the course of the weekend.
Word of the alleged contest has caused social media users to warn others with the hashtag #PrayforLA that anyone driving between the streets of Western and Normandie in the City of Angels could be putting their life on the line.
LAPD Deputy Chief Bill Scott told the Los Angeles Times there is no evidence to verify the threats and are asking for help in calming fears, but The Daily Beast says that a law enforcement source confirmed reports of the kill contest on Monday.
A criminology professor at Arizona State University — who has studied social media's effects on gang activity — says the #100days100nights hashtag is likely an intimidation tactic for rivaling groups.
He told the LA Times, "It's the 21st century version of painting graffiti on the side of a building ... but much safer because you don't have to ride into enemy territory. It allows from a safe distance the posting of threats that, if carried out in person, would lead to immediate retaliation."