The death of a Rolling 100 gang member has prompted two South Los Angeles gangs to issue a deadly challenge on social media. The chilling message popping up across Instagram and Twitter is in the form of the hashtag #100Days100Nights, and the bet is to see which gang can kill 100 people first in the next 100 days, The Daily Beast and Los Angeles Times reported.
Apparently it doesn’t matter if the person is a random person or affiliated with a gang—anyone can be a target. Blood has already been allegedly spilled—one of the first of several victims is reportedly a four-year-old boy, who was wounded along with a woman and an 11-year-old in an open-fire shooting. The suspected shooter remains at large.
The motive remains unclear, but locals fear a connection to the violent social media threats.
The hashtag challenge has fueled gang activity on social media, with reports of users posting pictures with guns and spouting support for the murder spree.
Police say that they are concerned about the increased activity on social media, which has been mirrored in an increase in violent crimes in just the last week alone. At least 11 people were shot over the weekend in some of L.A.’s notoriously dangerous neighborhoods, in what could potentially be a connection to the recent challenge.
A retired Los Angeles Police Department investigator told the Los Angeles Times that police have been using social media to investigate and monitor gang activity for a while.
A gang intervention worker also said:
“Now the message gets across the city faster. In the neighborhood, everything travels by word of mouth. Social media added a quantum effect to it.”
In light of the recent threat, officers are reportedly being assigned to monitor the Internet for messages that could indicate planned violence.