Law enforcement officials in Los Angeles have charged nine alleged
gang members with committing six homicides, multiple shootings and
various other crimes in a pocket of South L.A. hit hard by the
city’s recent surge in violence.
Police said all nine men — identified in charging documents as
members of the Kitchen Crips — regularly committed violence in
furtherance of the gang and in retaliation for threats to its
members, instilling fear and attempting to assert control in
neighborhoods including Florence-Firestone and Watts. The Kitchen
Crips are a predominantly Black gang that claims as its territory an
area of South Los Angeles east of the 110 Freeway.
Among their victims were individuals whom they believed to be
members of rival Bloods sets and whom they conspired to kill,
prosecutors alleged. One was a 61-year-old bystander killed when the
men opened fire at a rival on a scooter, and another was killed when
they opened fire into a crowd of people at the Nickerson Gardens
public housing development, prosecutors alleged.
“It was one gang that was terrorizing several communities,” said
Capt. Adrian Gonzalez, commander of the LAPD South Bureau’s Homicide Division. “It’s the gang life, and part of what they try to do is
spread fear and influence.”