(LOS SANTOS, SA | CNT)
“War does not determine who is right — only who is left.”
While election season has been in full swing, gunfire is erupting around the city at an alarming rate, as gangland violence rises to the forefront of daily life for those affected. The Southside has been rife with gangland violence that has spilled over in the past, however things have changed this time.
Chamberlain Gang Families (CGF) and the East Side Ballas (ESB) have banded together in “Southside Pride” to work together. Unfortunately the issue is not address child hunger, or the opportunity inequality for those areas, but a perceived wrong with Shadowcade, other businesses, and now many groups who stand in opposition to them. What started as a small issue over property has spurned into an all-out war in the streets of Los Santos.
According to one source, the chain of events kicked off when firearms were taken off of CGF members who were involved with a botched kidnapping by members/associates of the Shoguns. The shooting was inside Mount Zonah, and no law enforcement were available to take the report and evidence. While in the hospital, CGF began threatening Shadowcade. The Shoguns attempted to return the firearms to CGF members in the following days but were rebuffed.
CGF attempted to counterdemand a number of firearms, and cash to compensate for the arms lost. However this number was in excess of the amount taken by a significant margin, and despite multiple attempts to return the items. This information may have simply not made it to the appropriate channels, but either way a demand was made and rebuffed.
Since then, the escalation in resulting violence has been shocking to say the least. There have been so many shootouts, kidnappings, and threats made that it’s impossible to track how many, and who was involved. Twitter has been a flood of hashtags, and trash talk as the battle in the streets is brought to the digital front.
It’s been interesting observing the coalition of Shadowcade defenders, who seem far more morally driven to combat than their counterparts. Most similar in nature to Antifa’s organization style of “organic opposition”, it’s people who’ve had a line crossed, and showed up with a common goal. As well as groups like Shogun and their associates who are well interested in the outcome. The forces that had amassed outside of Shadowcade on Sunday evening reflected this, with large groups of loosely associated members of different groups awaiting on the rooftops and sidewalks around the building.
Right before we arrived on scene, a man had been reportedly “sparta-kicked” off the roof of Shadowcade by waiting members of CGF. There had been multiple credible reports of CGF firing down from the bridge above, and another kidnapping would happen while we were on scene. It’s safe to say that the situation in and around the Shadowcade is currently a high-risk, highly-dynamic one.
Other sources claim that with the influx of the .50AE-Caliber, heavy hitting handguns to the streets have made groups “braver”, as an arms race begins between groups. The .50AE round is designed with a bullet roughly 3 times heavier than a standard 9mm, which enough force to drop most prospective enemies with two shots or less.
The handguns have been contributing to some of the violence, however the prevalence of the firearms throughout the city could more or less mean that the arms race was more even than first thought. The large semi-automatic pistols and revolvers having been seen in the hands of combatants on both sides.
Whatever the case may be, at this time it appears Southside is at war with the city. The spike in violence has gone completely unaddressed by most governmental agencies as businesses brace for an uneasy week.
But the more things change, the more things stay the same.