Rival gangs were engaged in battle this weekend on Wallace Avenue, spraying the walls, garages and even vehicles on the Angeleno Heights street with paint – not bullets. Still, it was a menacing sight for the residents who live along the street that stretches for a long block up a hillside. Such kind of tagging and cross-outs usually signals tensions between gangs – OBS 13 and Angeleno Heights, in this case – that could lead to violence. An Angeleno Heights woman who has lived in the neighborhood for five years described what happened this street during the tagging battle on Wallace:
We got bombed by the OBS 13 guys at some point prior to Saturday morning. Apparently their rivals then came through on Sunday evening (my fiance apparently heard a group of rough-rowdy males pumping each other up down on the street–and possibly the sound of a spray can–at roughly 7pm, before the sun had gone down, but did not go out and look) and nixed the original work, doing OBS one better by tagging a few additional vehicles. I saw the new tags last night at 11pm and took a few snaps this morning to share.
It’s not wise to confront a tagger. But the vandalism should be reported to the police, and a call to 311 will get the tagging cleaned up.
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