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A shift in gang tactics means drive-bys are giving way to walk-ups, observers say
A shift in gang tactics means drive-bys are giving way to walk-ups, observers say

Ricardo Nunez was trimming a tree outside his Echo Park home on a Sunday morning last month when a white truck pulled up and a person inside opened fire, killing the 35-year-old father. Ray Martinez, the LAPD detective investigating the case, is seeing fewer such fatal drive-by shootings. When Martinez goes behind the yellow tape, he's more commonly working on cases where a gunman has walked straight up to the victim — a walk-up shooting. As gang culture has become less overt, the killings have become more targeted — and at the same time more chilling. "They get to see the whole reaction," Martinez said. "It seems more daring." Jorja Leap, a...

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