In response to a fatal shooting of a homeless man in North Hollywood, Los Angeles police served search warrants Wednesday morning and arrested five suspects, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
Police ran raids in numerous neighborhoods -- including Van Nuys, North Hollywood, San Pedro and Huntington Park -- and targeted Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang members.
"We see acts of violence like this are normally utilized by streets gangs to instill fear and intimidation in the community," LAPD Detective Marco Evans said.
Officers seized weapons, ammunition, media and gang paraphernalia. Police say that they believe all those arrested are linked to the January slaying of Bradley Hanaway, a 34-year-old homeless man who died from gunshot wounds. The killing took place on Jan. 14 at the Valley Plaza Sports Center in North Hollywood.
The Los Angeles Daily News reported that Hanaway was targeted for his gang affiliation. Police confirmed that Hanaway was documented as a gang member.
Three men were arrested earlier this year in connection with Hanaway's murder.
Luigi Vernola, the former Norwalk mayor and council member who served on the city council throughout t