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LOS

LOS ANGELESPOLICE
ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT
DEPARTMENT

HOMICIDE
HOMICIDE REPORT
REPORT
2017
2017

CHARLIE BECK
CHARLIE BECK
CHIEF OF POLICE
CHIEF OF POLICE
2017 HOMICIDE
2017 REPORT
homicide report
All information was received from the Consolidated Crime Analysis Database (CCAD), unless noted.

CITYWIDE HOMICIDE TOTALS

812
2017 vs. 2016
-4.1%
574 569

395

281 283 294 282

1967 1977 1987 1997 2007 2015 2016 2017

In 2017, the City of Los Angeles had 282 homicides. The following are key points:

●● The total homicide number includes victims who were assaulted in previous
years, but died in 2017, and/or death investigations ruled as homicides in 2017
by the Los Angeles County, Department of Medical Examiner - Coroner.

●● A total of 207 homicide cases were cleared in 2017, resulting in a 73.4 percent
clearance rate. This clearance rate includes the total number of homicides
cleared in 2017, regardless of the year the homicides actually occurred. In
2017, the total number of homicides cleared includes 68 homicides that
occurred prior to 2017.

●● Compared to the previous year, the percentage of firearms used in homicides


by gang members rose in 2017 from 72 percent to 93 percent.

●● Within the homeless population, there were 44 homicide victims and 33


homicide suspects in 2017.

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Homicide
Homicide by
by Bureau
Bureau Citywide Homicide Clearance Rate

124
116 118 2017 2016 2015

81 77 74
CLEARANCE RATE 73.4% 72.4% 64.7%
65
56 57
NOTE: Among the 207 cases cleared this year, 139 were homicides that occurred in 2017.
29 34
28
Homicide Cases Solved by area

OCB OSB OWB OVB


49
2017 2016 2015 Citywide Clearance Rate
73.4%
Bureau 2017 2016 %CHG 2015 %CHG
31
OCB 81 77 +5.2% 74 +9.5% 26 26 27

OSB 116 124 -6.5% 118 -1.7% 21 20


18
20 19
17 16
OWB 29 28 +3.6% 34 -14.7% 14
12 13
11 11 10 10
OVB 56 65 -13.8% 57 -1.8% 6 5
7 7
5 5 4
8
6
8 7 6 7 7 7
4 4 4 5
2 2 1 1
CITY TOTAL 282 294 -4.1% 283 -0.4%
CENT RAMP HOBK NOE NEW T S OW HARB 77TH S OE HW D WIL W LA PAC OLYM VNYS W VAL NHW D FTHL DEV MI S N TOP
Occured Cleared
NOTE: Clearance rates are attributed to the 21 Geographic Areas where the
Homicide by Area homicides occurred, regardless of which entity was the investigating unit.

53 CITYWIDE HIGHS AND LOWS BY MONTH


49 HIGH: 77th (49)
45 LOW: TOPANGA (1) 39
36
33 32
30 29 30
34 33 28 28 27
26 26 26 25 25
31 24 23 23 23 23
21 22 22 22 21 21 21
26 27 26 19 19 19 19
17 17
15
21 22 14
20 20 20 21 19
13

17 16 17
14 15
11 13 12 13 13
11 12 11 12
10 10 10 10 9 10 10
7 7 7 7 878 78 8 7 7
5 55 5 54 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
4 3 4
1 2 212 2017 2016 2015

CENT HOBK NEWT NOE RAMP 77th HARB SOE SOW DEV FTHL MISN NHWD VNYS WVAL TOP HWD OLYM PAC WLA WIL February accounted for the lowest month (14 homicides), totaling 5.0% of the homicides.
2017 2016 2015 January accounted for the highest month (33 homicides), totaling 11.7% of the homicides.

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Gang
GANGRelated
RELATEDhomicides
HOMICIDES GANG RELATED HOMICIDES BY BUREAU

91
2017 2016 %CHG 2015 %CHG 87 85

TOTAL HOMICIDES 282 294 -4.1% 283 -0.4%


GANG HOMICIDES 177 157 +12.7% 165 +7.3% 48

GANG RELATED % 62.8% 53.4% 58.3%


32 32 31
29
23
17
14
11

Gang
GANGrelated
RELATED/ non-gang related
/ NON-GANG RELATED OCB OSB OVB OWB
2017 2016 2015
177
165
157 GANG RELATED HOMICIDES BY AREA
137
118 43
41 HIGH: 77th (43)
105 35 LOW: TOPANGA (0)
31 NORTHEAST (0)

21 22 21
19
15 14 15 14
13 13
10 10 11
8 9 8 9 9
7 7 6 6 6
5 5 4 4 4 4 5 4 5
3 2 3 3 2 2 2 1 2 3 2 2
1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1
2017 2016 2015
CENT HOBK NEWT NOE RAMP 77th HARB SOE SOW DEV FTHL MISN NHWD VNYS WVAL TOP HWD OLYM PAC WLA WIL

Gang Related Non-Gang Related 2017 2016 2015


VICTIMS MURDERED weaponsUSED
WEAPONS used
BY GANG MEMBERS BYby gangMEMBERS
GANG members
GANG RELATED HOMICIDES BY MONTH HIGH: APR (24)
LOW: FEB (6) Gang Member Firearms
25 Victims 93%
24
56%

18 18 18 18
17 17 17 17 17
16 16 16 16 16 16
15 15 Other
12
13 13
12 12
13 13 Weapons
11 11 7%
10 10
Non Gang
7 7 Victims
6 6 6
5 44%

• 117 homicide suspects identified as gang members were responsible for the death of 103 victims.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec • Among the 103 victims, 58 victims were gang members
2017 2016 2015 NOTE: Information provided by investigating officers. Some incidents had more than one suspect.

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Murder-suicide
MURDER-SUICIDE incidents
INCIDENTS significant
SIGNIFICANT homicide
HOMICIDEtrends
TRENDS

The City of Los Angeles experienced five murder-suicide incidents in 2017. All five incidents were
related to Domestic Violence: 2017 2016 %CHG
(1) Pacific Area (1) North Hollywood Area BLACK SUSP AND BLACK VICT 76 80 -5.0%
(1) Foothill Area (1) Devonshire Area
(1) Mission Area GANG RELATED 36 50 -28.0%
NOTE: Information provided by investigating officers.

2017 2016 %CHG


multiple
MULTIPLE victim homicide
VICTIM cases
HOMICIDE CASES HISPANIC SUSP AND HISPANIC VICT 95 86 +10.4%
In 2017, the City of Los Angeles experienced a 33 percent decrease in multiple victim homicide
incidents compared to the prior year. Ten incidents resulted in 10 separate double homicides, GANG RELATED 45 52 -13.5%
totaling the loss of 20 lives. These multiple homicide incidents took place throughout the city with
a wide range of motives from disputes to gang violence.
2017 2016 %CHG
●● Six incidents involving gang activity resulted in the shooting deaths of two victims in each case.
Out of the six cases, four occurred in 77th Area, one in Southeast Area, and one in Mission
Area. Four of the twenty victims were previously documented as gang members. BLACK SUSP AND HISPANIC VICT 12 8 +50.0%
GANG RELATED 2 6 -66.7%
●● A dispute at a social club in Central Area resulted in the stabbing deaths of two victims by one
suspect.

●● Two incidents were committed for unknown motives. In the first incident, a shooting in 2017 2016 %CHG
Southeast Area resulted in the deaths of two male transients. In the second incident, a
shooting in North Hollywood Area between two separate groups of suspects resulted in the HISPANIC SUSP AND BLACK VICT 14 8 +75.0%
deaths of two and the wounding of two.
GANG RELATED 7 3 +133.3%
●● Two children were murdered by their mother in Newton Area.
NOTE: Data contained in these charts only pertain to the 146 incidents where a
suspect description was provided during the course of the investigation.
MOTIVES DIVISION NO. OF INCIDENTS NO. OF VICTIMS
77TH 4
GANG SOUTHEAST 1 6 12
MISSION 1
DISPUTE CENTRAL 1 1 2
CHILD ABUSE NEWTON 1 1 2
SOUTHEAST 1 2
UNKNOWN 2
NO. HOLLYWOOD 1 2

TOTAL 10 20

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VICTIM PROFILE SUSPECT PROFILE

VICTIM GENDER
Male 250 SUSPECT GENDER Male 155
Approximately 9 out of 10 homicide
victims in Los Angeles are men. Of the Mirroring homicide victims, the
282 homicides that occurred in 2017, overwhelming majority of identified
89% were males and 11% were homicide suspects for 2017 homicides Female 16
Female 32
females. were men. The number of male suspects
who engaged in homicides (91%) was
0 50 100 150 200
0 100 200 300
higher than those who became victims of
homicides (89%).

VICTIM DESCENT Other 4


Other 11
Similar to previous years, the SUSPECT DESCENT Asian 3
overwhelming majority of homicide Asian 4
victims in 2017 were of Hispanic and Of the 171 identified suspects, 52% were Hispanic 84
Black descents. Of the 282 homicides Hispanic 150 of Hispanic descent, and 40% were of
that occurred in 2017, more than 53% Black descent. Other suspects included: Black 69
involved Hispanic victims, and more Black 104 White 6%, Asian 1.7%, and other
White 11
than 36% involved Black victims. descents 2%.
Whites, Asians, and other descents White 13
0 20 40 60 80 100
combined, represent less than 10% of 0 50 100 150 200
the total number of 2017 homicides.
SUSPECT AGE
over 45 21
Almost half of the homicide suspects
VICTIM AGE over 45 were youths and young adults. 36-45 24
57
Approximately 45% were age 25 or
26-35 49
More than half of the homicide victims 36-45 46 younger, and 29% were between the
in 2017 were between the ages of 18 ages of 26 and 35. 18-25 69
and 35 which accounted for 59%. 20 to 26-35 93
30 year-old victims made up 38% of the 0-17 8
total number. 18-25 76
SUSPECT EDUCATION
0 20 40 60 80
0-17 10
Approximately 87% of the homicide suspects have an education level of high school or less.
VICTIM EDUCATION 0 20 40 60 80 100 Only 2% of the suspects have some college education.

Eighty-four percent of the homicide victims had an education level of high school or less than SUSPECT MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME
high school. Only 11 victims or less-than 4% had some college education.
The majority of the homicide suspects (64%) have a median household income of $25,000 or
VICTIM MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME less. Based on the current census data, average median household income in the City of Los
Angeles is approximately $55,000.
Approximately 67% of the homicide victims had a median household income of $25,000 or
less. Based on the current census data, the average median household income in the City of
Los Angeles is approximately $55,000. NOTE: All information was provided by investigating officers. The above analysis is based
on the 171 identified suspects that were responsible for 146 homicides in 2017. Some
incidents had more than one suspect.

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COMMUNITY SAFETY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
Part-1 Violent Crimes
The Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Program began
as a partnership between the LAPD and the Housing
Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) in October of
2011. Currently, the program encompasses housing
communities within Hollenbeck, Newton and Southeast Area.
The program was designed to improve and strengthen the
relationship between residents of Los Angeles housing
communities and the LAPD.

Since the program’s inception, officers have implemented over twenty CSP youth
programs. The results of these programs include mental health services to address
untreated trauma, participation in self-respect building programs for children,
alternatives to booking and entrance into the judicial system for children, and community
building through sports and productive competition.

This relationship-based policing model focuses on education and problem solving


before enforcement. This allows for full-time, dedicated police officers to be assigned to
seven housing communities within the City of Los Angeles. On a daily basis, these
police officers walk foot beats, building relationships with the residents and decreasing
community fear. As a result, the program provides members of the community a means
to safely pass along crime information to law enforcement, aiding in the reduction of
violent crimes.

CSP AREA HOMICIDES


2017 2016 2015 2014 2011 2010
RAMONA GARDENS 2 0 0 0 0 1
IMPERIAL COURTS 0 1 1 1 1 3
NICKERSON GARDENS 0 0 2 3 1 3
GONZAQUE VILLAGE 1 0 0 0 0 2
JORDAN DOWNS 0 0 1 0 2 0
AVALON GARDENS 0 0 0 1 0 1
PUEBLOS 0 0 3 1 1 1
TOTAL 3 1 7 6 5 11

In 2010, prior to the implementation of the CSP program, a total of 11 homicides were
reported in the seven housing communities that are currently identified as CSP areas.
In 2017 the seven CSP areas reported a total of 3 homicides. Over the course of the
CSP program, the number of homicides within the CSP areas has gradually decreased.

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HOMICIDES IN THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES

TOP 3 MODUS OPERANDI FOR 2017


WEAPON 2017 2016
1. Gang
Handgun 72% 69%
2. Dispute/Revenge
Cutting Instrument 15% 14%
3. Domestic Violence
Bodily Force 6% 6%
Blunt Instrument 4% 3%
O the rMO
Other MO Shotgun 1% 1%
O the r M O
G a ng
Rifle 1% 1%
G a ng Assault Weapon 1% 1%
D o me stic
V iole
NOTE: Information provided by investigating officers.
D o nce
me stic
V iole nce

Dispute

NOTE: Information provided by investigating officers.

PREMISE 2017 2016 FIREARMS SEIZED 2017 2016


Street/Sidewalk 58% 55% Citywide Total 6,538 5,907
Parking Lot 9% 6% OSB 2,103 1,788
Single Family Dwelling 6% 11% OCB 1,275 1,115
Multi-Unit Dwelling 5% 9% OVB 1,867 1,831
OWB 858 883
Other Premises
22%
OUTSIDE (City of LA) 435 290
Parking Lot NOTE: The total number of firearms seized does not include the
9% firearms recovered during the City of Los Angeles gun buy back
Street/Sidewalk
Single Family 58% program.
Dwelling
6%
Multi-Unit
Dwelling
5%

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South Bureau HOMICIDE TOTALS

●● Operations-South Bureau had a total of 116 homicides which accounted for 41.1%
DIVISIONS 2017 2016 %CHG 2015 %CHG
of the citywide homicides.
SOUTHWEST 20 33 -39.4% 21 -4.8%
●● 77th Division had the largest percentage of gang related homicides:
SOUTHEAST 31 26 +19.2% 34 -8.8%
43 of 49 homicides accounted for 87.8%.
77TH 49 45 +8.9% 53 -7.5%

HARBOR 16 20 -20.0% 10 +60.0%


NUMBER
number of OFand
homicides HOMICIDES
clearancesAND CLEARANCES
TOTAL 116 124 -6.5% 118 -1.7%

49
Bureau Clearance
Rate 64.7% GANG RELATED

31 DIVISIONS 2017 2016 %CHG 2015 %CHG


26 27
SOUTHWEST 8 21 -61.9% 10 -20.0%
20
SOUTHEAST 21 22 -4.5% 31 -32.3%
16
11 77TH 43 35 +22.9% 41 +4.9%
11
HARBOR 15 13 +15.4% 3 +400%

TOTAL 87 91 -4.4% 85 +2.4%


77TH Southeast Southwest Harbor
Number of Homicides Number of Clearances
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
type of weapon used TYPE OF WEAPON USED
BUREAU 2017 2016 %CHG 2015 %CHG
95
SOUTH 3 1 +200% 2 +50.0%

NOTE: Domestic violence as defined in Penal Code section 13700.

11
6
1 3
0

Handgun Rifle/ Knife/ Cutting Blunt Bodily Force Other Weapons


Shotgun Instrument Instrument
NOTE: Information provided by investigating officers.

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Central Bureau HOMICIDE TOTALS

●● Operations-Central Bureau had a total of 81 homicides which accounted for 28.7% DIVISIONS 2017 2016 %CHG 2015 %CHG
of the citywide homicides.
CENTRAL 21 11 +91.0% 11 +91.0%

●● Newton Division had the largest percentage of gang related homicides: 19 of 26 RAMPART 12 22 -45.5% 11 +9.1%
homicides accounted for 73.1%. HOLLENBECK 17 14 +21.5% 12 +41.7%

NORTHEAST 5 10 -50.0% 13 -61.6%


NUMBER OF HOMICIDES AND CLEARANCES
NEWTON 26 20 +30.0% 27 -3.7%
26
Bureau Clearance TOTAL 81 77 +5.2% 74 +9.5%
Rate 80.2%
21
20

17
18 GANG RELATED

14
12 DIVISIONS 2017 2016 %CHG 2015 %CHG

CENTRAL 8 1 +700% 0 +800%


7
5 RAMPART 5 9 -44.5% 4 +25.0%
6
HOLLENBECK 15 14 +7.2% 10 +50.0%
NORTHEAST 0 1 -100% 5 -100%
Rampart Hollenbeck Newton Central Northeast
NEWTON 19 7 +171% 13 +46.2%
Number of Homicides Number of Clearances

TOTAL 47 32 +46.9% 32 +46.9%


type of weapon used TYPE OF WEAPON USED
54
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

BUREAU 2017 2016 %CHG 2015 %CHG

CENTRAL 2 4 -50.0% 1 +100%

NOTE: Domestic violence as defined in Penal Code section 13700.

14

6 5
1 1

Handgun Rifle/ Knife/ Cutting Blunt Bodily Force Other Weapons


Shotgun Instrument Instrument

NOTE: Information provided by investigating officers.

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Valley Bureau HOMICIDE TOTALS

●● Operations-Valley Bureau had a total of 56 homicides which accounted for 19.9%


DIVISIONS 2017 2016 %CHG 2015 %CHG
of the citywide homicides.
WEST VALLEY 10 5 +100% 5 +100%
●● Mission Division had the largest percentage of gang related homicides: 14 of 19
DEVONSHIRE 4 7 -42.9% 3 +33.3%
homicides accounted for 73.7%
MISSION 19 15 +26.7% 17 +11.8%
number ofNUMBER OFand
homicides HOMICIDES
clearancesAND CLEARANCES NORTH HOLLYWOOD 7 12 -41.7% 7 0.0%

19 FOOTHILL 7 10 -30.0% 13 -46.2%


Bureau Clearance VAN NUYS 8 7 +14.3% 8 0.0%
Rate 71.4%
TOPANGA 1 9 -88.9% 4 -75.0%

TOTAL 56 65 -13.8% 57 -1.8%


10

8 8
7 7 7
GANG RELATED
6
7 5
6
4 DIVISIONS 2017 2016 %CHG 2015 %CHG

1 WEST VALLEY 7 1 +600% 1 +600%


1 +100% +100%
DEVONSHIRE 1 0 0
Van Nuys West Valley North Foothill Devonshire Mission Topanga
Hollywood MISSION 14 9 +55.6% 9 +55.6%
Number of Homicides Number of Clearances
NORTH HOLLYWOOD 3 1 +200% 4 -25.0%

type of weapon used TYPE OF WEAPON USED FOOTHILL 2 3 -33.3% 11 -81.8%


VAN NUYS 2 4 -50.0% 4 -50.0%
37
TOPANGA 0 5 -100% 2 -100%

TOTAL 29 23 +26.1% 31 -6.5%

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

9
7 BUREAU 2017 2016 %CHG 2015 %CHG
1 1 1 VALLEY 8 2 +300% 3 +167%
Handgun Rifle/ Knife/ Cutting Blunt Bodily Force Other Weapons
Shotgun Instrument Instrument
NOTE: Domestic violence as defined in Penal Code section 13700.

NOTE: Information provided by investigating officers.

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West Bureau HOMICIDE TOTALS

●● Operations-West Bureau had a total of 29 homicides which accounted for 10.3% of DIVISIONS 2017 2016 %CHG 2015 %CHG
the citywide homicides.
HOLLYWOOD 2 7 -71.4% 8 -75.0%
●● Wilshire Division had the largest percentage of gang related homicides: 6 of 7 WILSHIRE 7 5 +40.0% 4 +75.0%
homicides accounted for 85.7%. WEST LOS ANGELES 2 1 +100% 2 0.0%

NUMBER OF HOMICIDES AND CLEARANCES PACIFIC 5 7 -28.6% 10 -50.0%


OLYMPIC 13 8 +62.5% 10 +30.0%
13
Bureau Clearance TOTAL 29 28 +3.57% 34 -14.7%
Rate 80.0%
10
GANG RELATED

7
DIVISIONS 2017 2016 %CHG 2015 %CHG
5 5
HOLLYWOOD 2 1 +100% 2 0.0%
4 4

4
WILSHIRE 6 2 +200% 2 +200%
2 2 WEST LOS ANGELES 1 0 1 0.0%
+100%
PACIFIC 1 3 -66.7% 6 -83.3%
Wilshire West LA Hollywood Olympic Pacific OLYMPIC 4 5 -20.0% 6 -33.3%

Number of Homicides Number of Clearances TOTAL 14 11 +27.3% 17 -17.6%

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
TYPE OF WEAPON USED

16 BUREAU 2017 2016 %CHG 2015 %CHG

WEST 2 2 0.0% 2 0.0%

NOTE: Domestic violence as defined in Penal Code section 13700.

3 3

0 0

Handgun Rifle/ Knife/ Cutting Blunt Bodily Force Other Weapons


Shotgun Instrument Instrument

NOTE: Information provided by investigating officers.

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national homicide
NATIONAL comparison
HOMICIDE COMPARISON

771

650

335 317
282 294 290 302
269 277

LOS ANGELES NEW YORK CHICAGO HOUSTON PHILADELPHIA

2017 2016

POPULATION
2017 2016 %CHG HOMICIDE
TOTAL
PER 1,000
LOS ANGELES 282 294 -4.08% 3,962,726 0.071
NEW YORK 290 335 -13.43% 8,550,861 0.034
CHICAGO 650 771 -15.69% 2,728,695 0.238
HOUSTON 269 302 -10.93% 2,275,221 0.118
PHILADELPHIA 317 277 +14.44% 1,567,810 0.202

Los Angeles, New York City, Houston statistics are based on date of report to law enforcement.
New York City, Houston and Chicago homicide statistics provided by the Chicago Police
Department, dated January 4, 2018. Philadelphia homicide statistics obtained from the
Philadelphia Police Department website: phillypolice.com/about/crime-statistics,
dated January 8, 2018.

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