As Lauren Mishkind was walking along 7th Street this summer in downtown Los Angeles, a man pulled a handgun and pointed it at another person standing behind her.
Terrified, she hid behind a car while the assailant tackled the victim.
“I was just shaking for the rest of the day,” said Mishkind, an architect who lives and works downtown. “You kind of assume it’s par for the course living down here, which is kind of more shocking.”
Crime has jumped across the city this year, but nowhere has the increase been as large as in L.A.’s hippest new domain: downtown.
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