It's turned into a common refrain. First there's "Where you from?" Then there's gunfire. Most times the questioner leaves a corpse behind. But sometimes the prey fights back.
Anthony DeLa Cruz, 23, who says he isn't a gang member (I'll wait to see if that's true) was confronted by two gentlemen, Rosalio DeLa Rosa, 22, and a 17-year-old boy, who supposedly are. After asking the hundred dollar question and pointing a gun at Anthony, Rosalio got a bit of a surprise.
Anthony shot him.
When the 17-year-old picked up the gun and tried to return fire, only to find the gun jammed, Anthony shot him, too.
Now, only two people know the truth here, because Rosalio's cooling his heels in a morgue drawer, but I'm inclined to believe Anthony's story only for the fact that he flagged down a cop and turned himself in. Thinking the cops are leaning the same way because he's being held on manslaughter charges while the young'un is being held on murder. I'm hoping he's telling the truth.
Considering L.A.'s strict concealed carry laws, it's unlikely that Anthony had a CCW or that he was transporting his weapon legally (ammo and weapon have to be kept in separate vehicle compartments - e.g cab and trunk). If that's the case, had he been carrying legally, he might very well be dead right now. I'm willing to bet that Rosalio wasn't up on his license.
I think you can see the way I lean on concealed carry.