‘Who can murder 100 people first?’ That’s the challenge being posed to people on social media, and it’s “crippling Los Angeles’ innocent residents in fear.”
Savage gangs in Los Angeles have reportedly initiated a killing contest to see who can murder 100 people in 100 days. This so-called tournament between two rival gangs supposedly targets “anyone between Western and Normandie Avenues in downtown Los Angeles.”
According to the NY Daily News, the challenge started last week and was triggered by the death of a ‘Rollin 100’ gang member.
Terrified residents have also turned to social media to warn others using the hashtags ‘100Days100Nights’ and ‘PrayforLA.’
Officials say they’re sifting through all the rumors, but LAPD cannot confirm that the social media ‘killing contest’ is the reason for the increase in violence.
They say they’ve not been able to identify one particular gang responsible.
Members of the community held a “let me live” peace rally last night, and police say they are putting extra resources out into the area to help calm peoples’ fears.
“You’ve got everyday folks who have nothing to do with the gang lifestyle and culture scared,” LAPD Deputy Chief Bill Scott told the LA Times.
Several media outlets reported that 11 people were shot over the weekend in South Los Angeles’ most dangerous neighborhoods. It was unclear, however, if the crimes were tied to the deadly contest.
Police say aside from the shootings there has been no other spike in violence.
Family members of the gang member, whose death reportedly triggered the violence, have spoken out. They told local news media that “he would not have condoned the despicable killing contest.”