L.A. moves gun buy-back date
Response to Newtown massacre
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, and Deputy Mayor Guillermo Cespedes have announced the locations for the Citywide Gun Buyback program aimed at reducing the levels of gun violence in Los Angeles. The Gun Buyback was moved from its May date to Wednesday, Dec. 26.
The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, Parking Lot 6, 3939 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, and the Van Nuys Masonic Temple, 14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—The bells of the oldest black church in Los Angeles rang out in memory of the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims at 6:30 a.m. today, the time when the massacre began exactly a week ago.
The bells of the First AME Church of Los Angeles in the Adams district tolled 26 times, once for each victim, then rang out a verse of the hymn “Nearer My God to Thee” in a ceremony coinciding with one in Connecticut.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—A gun buyback event hastily planned for next week in response to the elementary-school shooting in Connecticut will be held at two locations—the Los Angeles Sports Arena and Van Nuys Masonic Temple, city officials announced today.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Responding to last week’s massacre of students at a Connecticut elementary school, police Chief Charlie Beck said today every Los Angeles Unified elementary and middle school will have daily visits from LAPD officers when classes resume in January.
Beck said at least one police officer would make at least one stop daily at every elementary and middle school in the LAUSD—nearly 600 campuses in total. He also offered the department’s assistance to charter and private schools that request added security.
According to numerous reports, at least 26, but possibly as many as 30 individuals, were killed on Friday morning in a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. At least 20 of the deceased were children between the ages of 5 and 9-years-old.
One state official said that the 24-year-old gunman, who has now been identified as Ryan Lanza, was found dead in the Sandy Hook Elementary School, possibly at his own hand. The gunman was in possession of at least three firearms, the official said. There was some speculation that there were two gunmen involved.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — An explosive device found in a man’s vehicle during a traffic stop today prompted authorities to go to the motorist’s Palms-area residence, where a number of possible explosive devices were found, police said.
A bomb squad was sent to the apartment building in the 3800 block of Overland Avenue about 6:30 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department reported.