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Gangs were most likely to kill people aged 15-19 and less likely than non-gang members to kill anyone younger than 14, according to a CDC study released today.Examining five cities with a large gang presence, the study showed that in Los Angeles, Oakland, Oklahoma City, Long Beach and Newark, 15-19-year-olds comprised a third of gang homicides, highest for any age range. Meanwhile, victims aged 1-14 comprised 4.4 per cent of non-gang murders.
Among the study’s other findings:
- Oklahoma City was tops among the five for percentage of gang murders committed via drive-by, at 23.8 %. OKC was also tops among percentage of gang murders attributable to drug trade incidents at 25.4 %
- Newark had the greatest percentage of by-stander deaths among the five
- In a majority of cities, non-gang murders were more likely to be committed during the week than gang murders. Long Beach had the greatest percentage of gang murders committed between Monday and Wednesday (42.3 %)
- L.A. led the pack for daytime murder percentage at 22.8 per cent
- L.A. and Oakland had the greatest percentage of Hispanic gang-related murders. Oklahoma City was tops among Blacks
The study drew from data in the CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System, which draws from two dozen cities in the U.S. but does excludes many of the country’s largest cities including New York and Chicago.
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