Police expert: Recent San Diego shootings likely related

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A local police expert thinks the recent surge in gun violence in southeastern San Diego is the work of gangs. 

Kevin LaChapelle is a former El Cajon police officer who investigated gang crimes, now working as an expert in gang intervention. 

LaChapelle thinks San Diego police will solve these crimes rather quickly.

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"As they gather evidence, they're going to start debriefing with each other and talking about similarities, things that the witnesses said, and really getting information that is similar to one another," said LaChapelle. 

He says it's too hard to pinpoint a reason for these shootings but says the suspects targeting people at random leads him to believe it's gang-related. 

"This leads me to believe that there's something going on within the gang itself, whether it's initiation or it could also just be the gangs flexing their muscle," said LaChapelle.

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Police haven't made arrests in any of the shootings. Anyone with information is asked to call San Diego Police at 619-531-2000 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers' anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477.

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