Monday, April 18, 2011

"The cool music on the beach, the drum circle. … It's diversity. I love coming here."...

A man was in critical condition after a shooting Saturday on the Venice boardwalk that sent hordes of onlookers running pell-mell into the streets, police said Sunday.
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The shooting occurred amid a "flash mob" crowd...

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Vasquez said he called in reinforcements as the crowd, including young men in gang attire and tattoos, swelled in the late afternoon. About 6:30 p.m., six to eight shots rang out at 17th Avenue and Ocean Front Walk, Vasquez said. The victim ran half a block to an alley where he collapsed, Vasquez said.

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But some business owners said disturbances have been escalating.

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Simone Shellmire, 23, a model who lives in North Hollywood, said the attack made her uncomfortable, but would not keep her from a scene she's enjoyed since she was a young girl.

"This is my sweet spot," Shellmire said. "The cool music on the beach, the drum circle. … It's diversity. I love coming here."

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That's not insanity. That's just evil.

When mayhem and death are treated as an "oh well", you know you're in the thridworld.

It's particularly telling that the picture the woman paints within the context of the story (of drum chants, gang bangers, casual violence, "diversity") would have been the elements of a horror story in years past.

This is rock bottom looks like.


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