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Police Chief: Drive-By Shooting Was Gang Related

Monrovia Police Chief Jim Hunt addressed the City Council Tuesday to review the progress of the city's gang injunction and said a recent shooting that wounded a woman was carried out by gang members.

A shooting that wounded a Monrovia woman Saturday night was carried out by three gang members, two of whom the city has served notice of its gang injunction, Monrovia Police Chief Jim Hunt told the City Council Tuesday.

The three men were arrested shortly after the shooting after police in the area heard the gun shots and tracked down their vehicle using witness desctiptions. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office filed formal attempted murder charges against all three Tuesday morning, Hunt said.

"Hopefully all three of these individuals will get long felony sentences," Hunt said.

Hunt said the gang members fired in the area because it was "a rival gang location." The victim is expected to recover, he said.

Hunt was addressing the council to present a bi-annual report on the progress of the city's anti-gang injuntion, which the city first obtained in December 2009. Hunt said the city had seen a slight increase in gang crimes so far in 2012 compared to last year, an uptick he attributed to the state's realignment of prisons, which allowed for the release of about 10,000 inmates back into southern California to relieve prison overcrowding.

"There’s been some increase in crime city-wide, I would say primarily due to realignment and the fact that we've had a number of criminals released in the last 10 months," Hunt said.

Monrovia Police officers have already served 40 gang members with the gang injunction this year after serving 31 in all of 2011. Hunt said the increase was attributable to the department's coordinated effort with the Sheriff's Department to serve members of the Duroc Crips, a local gang involved in the spike of gang violence in the area in late 2007 and early 2008, in unincorporated areas around the city.

Police have recorded 12 gang crimes so far this year committed by Monrovia's two primary gangs, Duroc and Monrovia Nuevo Varrio. The city had a total of 18 gang related crimes last year, according to Hunt's report.

Hunt noted that the total number of gang related crimes over the last two years fell dramatically compared to 2010 and 2009, when there were 78 and 40 gang crimes recorded, respectively.

R. Ray Morford September 19, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Thanks Monrovia PD for doing a great job. Gang injunctions work. The crime rate goes up or down depending on who'es in Jail.
Jerry Baker September 19, 2012 at 02:29 PM
After living in Monrovia for 37 years, first growing up and then renting, I finally bought a house outside of Monrovia (due to the fact that even though my household income is more than double the national average, I still can't afford to live in Monrovia). I was apprehensive that I'd have to contend with higher crime rates and a lower quality neighborhood to deal with. It turns out that I've moved into the City of Los Angeles in an area that hasn't even seen a burglary in almost two years while I watch what seems to be a downward spiral in Monrovia. I never suspected I'd be in this position. Surprising to say the least. I guess the proliferation of businesses like payday loan centers and the realization of the City's dreams of high-density development and conversion of single-family properties into high-density rentals is having the predictable result for Monrovia.
Laurel Hiestand September 19, 2012 at 09:02 PM
In response to what Jerry says: congratulations on living in a safe neighborhood. I personally would'n't want to live anywhere but Monrovia. I think we have a great police department, fire department, and school district- and I know they all work hard to keep us as safe as possible. Gang violence is something I do not understand- no matter how hard I try. I wish someone would explain it to me.
Kelly September 19, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Great job Monrovia PD. Get those losers outta here.
Kelly September 19, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Downward spiral? It's a great city and the fact that home prices especially in the northern end are minimum $500k and upwards is a testament to the fact that it's still in high demand. It's one of the safest and best cities in CA. You resided here for 37 years. From what I hear before the late 90s, this city was in the dumps so I know that it is much better now that's for sure. I, along with my high income earning friends, wouldn't live anywhere else.
Kelly September 19, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Gangs sell drugs on their established territory. Any threat to a takeover of territory from other gangs are met with violence and death. It's all about making serious money.
Laurel Hiestand September 20, 2012 at 12:41 AM
To Kelly: It's very discouraging to hear that the bottom line for everything is money - and it is sad that gangsters seem to learn that at such an early age.
mary November 19, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Bad experience living in Monrovia~We had our car stolen from in front of our home N. Of Foothill over by Arcadia.Several attempted house breakins etc over last 2 years.We moved ASAP when it was clear as much as the Monrovian Police worked to solve & prevent these crimes~their efforts were not working~we were terrified to live in tbis city of MonroviaWwalking on Myrtle Ave. Even during. The day was frightening~Gang Bangers obviously walking up & down the St. I quit wearing any gold jewelry out of fear of being stolen from & attacted. Bad~Bad city~Monrovia. CA~So glad to be gone.We moved far away. Gone & glad.

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