Two men were killed in separate shootings in Los Angeles

Two men were killed in separate shootings in Los Angeles overnight.

The first occurred shortly after 7:30 p.m. Friday in the 8900 block of Orion Avenue in the North Hills, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a press release.

Officers responded by finding a man with multiple gunshot wounds, police said. Ambulance personnel declared him dead on the spot. Authorities identified him as Ryan Castellanos, 18.

Investigators received preliminary information that a compact sedan was seen fleeing the area, police said.

Anyone with information was asked to call the LAPD’s Valley Bureau Homicide Detectives at (818) 374-9550.

The second shooting took place in block 1300 on 97th Street near Normandy Avenue in unincorporated LA County near South Los Angeles, according to investigators.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies responded shortly after noon. 12:30 and found a wounded man lying on the sidewalk. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office identified him as Glenn Burton, 34, of Los Angeles.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

The number of homicides in LA has been rising over the last 18 months and has risen far faster than it did a decade earlier.

Other cities across the country have experienced similar trends, and police officers and criminologists across the country are trying to figure out why – given factors as diverse as the economic burden of COVID-19, the closure of social services during shutdowns and the scale and the intensity of recent protests against the police.

The rise in killings in Los Angeles since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded almost exclusively among Latino and Black victims, according to a Times analysis of Los Angeles Police Department data.

The figures reflect large disparities in public safety across the city, experts say, as well as worsening trauma for colored communities hard hit by past gang violence and the economic and social upheaval of the health crisis.

Times staff writer Kevin Rector contributed to this report

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