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Shootings Leave Police Searching for Answers : Violence: Three men are dead, two people injured and three officers shot at. Authorities are investigating whether the incidents are related to guilty verdicts in a murder case.


After Castanedez's death, the streets were relatively quiet until Oct. 28, when three men in a car fired on six people standing in front of an apartment building in the 600 block of North Los Robles Avenue, Hiltz said. A 38-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl were injured, neither seriously. The shooting is thought to be connected to the earlier killings, Hiltz said, but he declined to elaborate.

The shootings have led to attempts by law enforcement officials and some community leaders to set up meetings with local gang members to urge them to stop the violence.

"We hope that they will be convinced that that's not the way--that retaliation only escalates and doesn't bring on any good for anybody," said Tony Stewart, president of the Altadena branch of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People.

Stewart is working with pastors and other community leaders to organize a meeting of Altadena gang members. In addition to urging youths to stop the violence, he said, officials plan to "talk about what it is they really want out of life to see if we can help them find it."

Stewart said that her organization had been thinking about such a meeting for a long time but that recent events are bringing it about quicker.

In Pasadena, Law said police are also trying to set up a meeting with gang members to try to gather information and alert the youths that police are keeping an eye on them.

"We want to know what's going on and if there is anything we can do to stop it," Law said.

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