Saturday, May 08, 2021
Residents in Venice continue to voice their frustration over growing homeless encampments in the area they say are becoming increasingly dangerous. Eyewitness News obtained video of a homeless man being shot last week on the Venice Boardwalk, which also shows the shooter walk away while the victim moans in pain. The victim remains in the hospital in stable condition, and is not cooperating with police. Los Angeles police doesn't know who or where the gunman may be. The shooting took place at nearly the same spot where someone set fire to a tent. In that incident from earlier this week, video shows a small fiery explosion that ripped through a tent at an encampment. Bystanders were able to put the fire out with sand before firefighters arrived. Residents say they are the latest in a series of chaotic incidents that include fights and other fires.
"Sometimes around the beach they're more erratic," said resident Ruth Rumack. "I had a guy walk up on me with a sword. I don't really know what he was doing. I don't know if it was a real sword, but it was pretty scary."
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