Sunday, February 2, 2014

Weekly Shooting Challenge - Melee Combat

photo by Phoenix8994
photo by Record307
photo by StrangeUSB
photo by Xynthantion
photo by cy_sperling
photo by gamefish

From the Editor's desk - FEB.2.2014 - Guns, Death, and Defiance in the state of San Andreas

| Sandy Shores | N.O.O.S.E. officer on the move past fallen Sandy Shores officers on Algonquin Blvd.

| Sandy Shores | Automatic weapons fired from the rooftops in Sandy Shores.
| Textile City, Los Santos | Fallen gang members are an all too common sight.
| Little Seoul, Los Santos | LSPD officers advance down Calais Ave while firing on an assailant.
| Vespucci Beach, Los Santos | The beaches, like the city, are under siege. Gunfire was exchanged between the beach and rival combatants on the Del Perro Pier.
| Rockford Hills, Los Santos | The predator approaches the prey.
| Downtown Los Santos | A Gunman takes cover in the parking lot of the Tinkle Mobile building.
| Rockford Hills, Los Santos | It is unclear if this individual was a combatant or a tragic instance of collateral damage.
| Burton, Los Santos | The blocks surrounding the Los Santos Customs in Burton are among the violent areas of the city. Constant violence and the brazen defiance of the these fighters is emblematic of the nature of this conflict.
| Rockford Hills, Los Santos | The LSPD are often criticized for their harsh tactics and almost militarized response, but scenes such as this are a reminder as to why they have been forced to adopt such tactics.
| Little Seoul, Los Santos | This conflict has participants of all types.
| Burton, Los Santos | A sniper waits for an opportunity across from the Los Santos Customs in Burton.
Some have described the current crisis in San Andreas as "Hell on Earth." Without a doubt, there are days when appears true.
All photos by cy_sperling

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

From the Editor's desk - JAN.29.2014

Stolen Los Santos Bus leads to state spanning spree of violence.  
photos by cy_sperling

| Vinewood, Los Santos | A Los Santos Transit bus hurtles north through Vinewood.

| San Andreas | A Los Santos Transit bus was commandeered by gang members last night and used in a state wide spree of violence. Our Media Lens photographer was able to embed himself with the group of aggressors and document their cross country activities. Initially, our reporter boarded the bus in Downtown Los Santos. As the bus made its way north and into the Vinewood Hills, it would stop periodically and pick up even more fighters.

| Downtown Los Santos | A masked combatant rides on the stolen bus down San Andreas Ave.

As the bus crested the Vinewood Hills and descended into the Grand Senora Desert, a brief conflict erupted among the bus passengers over who would actually do the driving. While this was a violent outburst, it remained an isolated moment within the group who otherwise remained peaceful and cooperative with each other.

| Grand Senora Desert | A brief struggle over the driver's seat.
| Grand Senora Desert | Order was soon restored and the journey continued.

Skirting around the Alamo Sea, the bus eventually arrived in Grapeseed where attempts were made to recruit another bus passenger. This unfortunate fellow was too involved with taking landscape photographs to join in and was met with violent repercussions. After repeated blows of the bus horn, one of the passengers eventually exited the bus and ran the photographer over with his own 4WD vehicle.

| Grapeseed | A nature photographer was struck by his own vehicle.
| Grapeseed | After the altercation, the passengers regrouped at the bus on Union Ave in Grapeseed.

Following this altercation, the bus made a stop at McKenzie Air Field. A Cargobob helicopter was then used to transport the bus and passengers over the Alamo Sea and finally to Sandy Shores where the situation became extremely dangerous. Upon placing the bus in front of a tattoo shop at Zancudo Ave and Armadillo Ave, an aggressive gang began to engage the bus and passengers with small arms fire. The Cargobob and Bus were both quickly destroyed by an RPG and small arms fire. Undeterred, the passengers returned fire but were ultimately scattered across the town. Efforts were made to regroup and flee the fighting, but our reporter remained in Sandy Shores to conclude his report.

| Sandy Shores | The bus is released from the Cargobob at a Zancudo Ave tattoo shop. A rival gang immediately descends on the bus to investigate and, ultimately, attack the buss and passengers.
| Sandy Shores | The burned out shell of the bus sits a few feet from explosive gas tanks after being struck by an RPG.
| Sandy Shores | The Sandy Shores Fire Department extinguishes a fire in the wreckage of a Cargobob helicopter.
| Sandy Shores | Passengers from the bus quickly regrouped and returned fire on the rival gang.
| Sandy Shores | A rival gang member falls in the counterattack.
| Sandy Shores | Local police respond in force to the unfolding violence.
| Sandy Shores | NOOSE officers quickly arrived on scene to reenforce the local police effort to quell the fighting.
| Sandy Shores | A Sandy Shores Officer surveys the scene after the fighting finally subsides.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Dispatches from the streets JAN.28.2014

| Alta, Los Santos | A volley of small arms fire fells a combatant on Power Street. photo by jackson_smart
| Downtown Los Santos | A tank takes aim at a helicopter on Las Lagunas Blvd. photo by LeathxInsanity
| Burton, Los Santos | A sniper lines up a shot while perched on a billboard. photo by Foodmonger52
| Rockford Hills, Los Santos | High powered weapons, high powered cars. photo by Sparx73
| Morningwood, Los Santos | A masked assailant holds up Rob's Liquor on Prosperity Street. photo by Locke2030
| Grand Senora Desert | A fighter jet destroys a helicopter over the Ron Alternates Wind Farm. photo by Phoenix8994
| La Mesa, Los Santos | An unidentified combatant sums up the situation on the ground in Los Santos. photo by victorbrd