Reports are circulating that two Los Angeles gangs have entered a bet to see how many people they can kill in 100 days.
The threats were allegedly made following the death of KP, a member of the Rollin 100 gang, according to the Daily Beast. The news outlet cited an anonymous law enforcement source confirming the story.
“Better wake up,” one Instagram user wrote, according to the LA Times. “It’s a war goin’ on.”
“This area ain’t safe right now,” another poster said, attaching a map of south Los Angeles.
The Daily Beast reported that the first victim could have been a 4-year-old boy.
“It’s making him look like a bad person. It’s not like he started this and got killed behind it. He had no control over what’s going on with #100Days100Nights,” one of KP’s relatives, who chose to remain anonymous, told the Daily Beast in a phone interview.
#100Days100Nights refers to the tag which has been used by a growing number of social media users to issue threats. The killings are allegedly being threatened between Western and Normandie streets in south Los Angeles.
The victim’s relative explained that KP had been in the process of cleaning up his life.
“He was always in his [son’s] life, from walking him to school in the morning to walking to pick him up from school,” the relative told the Daily Beast.
Over the weekend, 11 people were shot in a series of incidents in the city’s 77th district.
While Daily Beast reported that this was likely caused by the bet, law enforcement officials cited by the LA Times are less convinced.
Deputy Chief Bill Scott said that there was no evidence to back up the threats made. However, he called on gang support workers to assist in calming public concern that was sparked by the reports.
“You've got everyday folks who have nothing to do with the gang lifestyle and culture scared,” Scott added, according to the Times.
“With the shootings, I feel like all of that is unnecessary," KP's relative told the Daily Beast. "I can’t say for them how they should feel about the situation — whether they should go about their revenge or not — I just feel like they shouldn’t go about it that way."