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Inglewood party shooting shatters city’s calm recent history

LA Daily News logo LA Daily News 1/25/2022 Josh Cain, Los Angeles Daily News

The small group of young people partying at an Inglewood house into the early morning hours of Sunday came from all over the region: From nearby Los Angeles, from the South Bay and from the Inland Empire.

All were at the home on Park Avenue until around 1:45 a.m., celebrating a 20-year-old Rialto woman’s birthday. They partied unaware as men approached on foot, armed with guns. One had a handgun, and another had an assault rifle.

One of the men yelled something, then opened fired, unleashing a hail of bullets on the home. They left four people dead, in one of the worst targeted killings in Inglewood city history, local officials said.

The shooting shattered several years of relative quiet for Inglewood, with killings in the city trending downward for years.

Just two years ago, the city saw one of its safest periods in recent memory: In 2019, there were just two homicides in Inglewood, putting it on par with some of the safest cities in the region. That was the fewest number of homicides in city history, according to Inglewood’s records.

Much like the rest of the region, however, shootings and killings increased in 2020. According to the FBI, there were 14 killings in Inglewood that year.

Regardless, the number of homicides in the city has remained relatively low for years amid decades of declining crime: The deadliest year on record for the city was 1980, when 55 people were murdered. But from 2011 to 2021, the average number of homicides in Inglewood was 13.5.

“There’s going to be anomalous things that happen in any city,” said Inglewood Mayor James Butts, who previously called the attack an “ambush.” The mayor, who was a deputy police chief, said the city hadn’t seen a similarly vicious, targeted killing of this kind in decades.

“Obviously the killers were attempting to eliminate someone who was in attendance,” he said.

Inglewood police have not said who they think was being targeted at the residence. A spokesman for the police department did not respond to a request for comment. Butts said there would not be immediate further updates for the investigation.

Butts said police believe the shooting was a gang killing — he said one of the men who opened fire on the home that night shouted something just before related to his gang affiliation.

In the coming weeks, the city and much of the region will see an increase in law enforcement activity on the streets as local officials prepare for Super Bowl LVI at Sofi Stadium in Inglewood. Butts said the shooting would not have any security implications for that event, with preparations for street closures and coordinating with federal authorities having started months ago.

“How could that possibly have any implications for Super Bowl LVI, three weeks away and three miles away?” he said. “We’ll have one of the largest security contingents in the world at the stadium.”

Staff writer Kristy Hutchings contributed to this story.

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