Monday, June 02, 2008

Some Days The Bear Eats You

Los Angeles, CA

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.

9 comments:

Hey said...

Rosalio was a friend of mine. I know you always hear the "he wouldn't hurt anyone" speech, but what would you say if your friend was killed? So before you guys start judging just wait to see what the whole story is. I know LAPD loves taking their sweet a** time with these things so just wait before you speak and make insensitive comments.

Gerard said...

Was Rosalio an active gang member? Did he regularly carry a weapon for offensive purposes? Did he challenge people from other gang territories? Did he have a violent history?

I reckon Blackmoore was pretty fair to your pal with a skeptical look at sketchy information: "I'll wait to see if that's true...Now, only two people know the truth here."

Hey said...

No he was not an active gang member. He did not regularly carry a gun, im sure of that. We live in an impoverished part of the city so it is difficult to dissociate yourself with gang members (they are usually kids we grew up with, kids we have known since elementary school).

Yes he was fair but the tone in which he wrote was what made me feel a bit sad for my friend. "Now, only two people know the truth here, because Rosalio's cooling his heels in a morgue drawer." Can you honestly read that and tell me you wouldn't be angry if someone posted something like that about your friend? It's insensitive no matter how you feel about this incident. It is disrespectful to write something like this.

Anonymous said...

i just dont understand why people are si ignorant.... i know u might say he is not a gang member but why was he carrying a gun.... like he said..... i dont think every person in the us carries a gun just for the heck of it.... he had a reason to carry that gun.... and its unfortunate this happened but its the law of attraction.... what u seed if what youll grow...

Gerard said...

I understand where "hey" is coming from and whether his pal is at fault or not "hey" has my condolences on losing a friend. But, the whole event is a nasty situation where I'm betting both sides are at fault.

As far as carrying a weapon, I agree that CCW is a good thing; it's the intent of the carrier that matters. A gang member's intended usage is much different that the solid citizen looking to stay alive.

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Anonymous said...

Carryin a weapon DOESNT mean ur a gang member" Livin in this side of the city is crazy unfortunily people critisize U for of the way u LOOK not who u are.... If ur Bald u bang,If u wear i hat, if u wear dark blue Levi's u bang!!! so what is people to when they can't afford expensive close??? a T-shit from Arbacombie F. is 30-40 bucks when a regular white or black Tee is 8Bucks... I was a friend of Rosalio u guys look at him wrong for carryin a weapon i dont blime u it is wrong...That's massd up how u guy's are making it seem U know n I know we wasnt like that n if he was a gang member THEN WHY WOULD HE GO TO COLLEGE AND TRY SO HARD???? Been a gang banger here is nothing to play with it u have to spend most of ur time with ur gang, and MOST IMPORTANTLY HE WOULD OFF HAD TATT"S RIGHT
BUT HE DIDN"T...... WE MISS U RASALIO A.K.A LEO

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