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[PARADISE] Volume IV: What The Hell Is Happening Here?


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*In your character's bored browsing of the internet, they find a mysterious link to an independent local news project simply titled: 'PARADISE'.

The website is quite plain; white background and black text accompanying a slew of images that are blurred until clicked. Everything is center-aligned. There's an imageboard comment section below.*

 

My name's Ash. I'm an independent crime photojournalist. I've run pieces on Flint, Detroit, Baltimore, and Portland.

I'm documenting my time in Los Santos thus far. I'm two months into my stay here on the island.

This is a raw look into the star-studded hell on Earth Los Santos has become.

All images are free for use by anyone for any reason.

 

 

GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING - 18+

 

8:23 AM AUG 22 2021

I'm roused from sleep by the chatter of gunfire outside my apartment. All brass, no blood. People can't aim. A drive through Davis wouldn't hurt anything, it was eight AM after all. I made my way there and was graced by a street fight as I arrived, more than I could have asked for on such a hushed morning. It didn't last particularly long.

 

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8:48 AM AUG 22 2021

I make my way down the street to Little Seoul. There's a cruiser in the road with a few deputies surrounding it. Deputy-involved shooting, he had no chance. His life was taken for a traffic stop. I helped how I could and left.

 

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5:34 AM AUG 23 2021

High-speed chase through the county with a company Burrito van. Some real acrobatic shit was going on. Against my better judgement I got close enough to film more or less the entire thing. A deputy blocked me off so I wouldn't be hit by the van. Thanks, deputy. You're a champ.

 

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12:34 AM AUG 23 2021

Civil dispute at the local occult shop on Mission Row's Atlee Street. Neither side could really decide who was in the err so they were made to go their separate ways. I stood around and watched for a while. The two guys being trespassed claimed the owners were racist, and the owners claimed the two men were sexist. What a gargantuan mess.

 

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3:07 AM AUG 23 2021

One hell of a scene outside The Vault at Pillbox Hill. Police trucks and all. Couldn't get close enough for context.

 

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8:43 AM AUG 24 2021

Deputy went missing at a scene in Strawberry. During all of that, there were repeat incidents of hammer attacks around Davis from presumably the same guys who initiated the first call. They caught at least two of them to my knowledge. I caught pictures of the third biking all over Davis. Brazen, you have to admire the balls on the guy.

 

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8:45 AM AUG 24 2021

Escort services are abundant in Los Santos, both on street corners and on public advertisement agencies. I offered these two cash in exchange for an anonymous interview, but they called me weird. So instead, I took their picture. Guess I am.

 

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9:47 AM AUG 24 2021

Traffic stop right outside the cheapo plastic surgeon in Mission Row. The driver must have had warrants, because they'd got her in a high-risk formation, led her out of the car- the whole shebang. I feel the most sorry for the car itself.

That red is gorgeous.

 

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11:55 PM AUG 25 2021

Another scene on Vespucci and Strawberry. A road often traveled means a road often prowled around.

 

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11:18 AM AUG 27 2021

Gang activity and an argument at a 24/7 leads to deputies pulling up in force to investigate. Things thankfully went back to normal when they left, but the tension was thick enough to be cut with a knife. I expected blood.

 

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6:46 AM AUG 28 2021

A shooting in Davis leaves one dead and a car filled with holes. I received a tip from a reader that there was something going on, and arrived just in time to speak with some of the deputies onscene and get some details. Based on the evidence we all saw, it was probably a drive-by shooting. Killed without a chance to react. He didn't know what hit him.

 

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1:30 AM AUG 28 2021

Hot pursuit through Davis. This guy must've cut twenty different alleys trying to escape. No idea if he did! It was entertaining while it lasted, though.

 

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11:26 AM AUG 31 2021

Someone gets blasted outside the nightclub I was outside of. Didn't catch the shooting itself, only the aftermath. Right in the heart of Rockford Hills. Bullets don't discriminate where you're from or where you're at. You are not safe in your ivory tower. A fire marshal was trying to save his life when I got close enough to see what was going on.

 

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2:22 AM SEP 01 2021

Two guys creeping around in a black car with hoodies, masks, and gloves. Certainly not up to no good, and no cause for alarm. I took pictures and called it in. They didn't come back when cruisers started swinging through.

 

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6:18 AM SEP 01 2021

Some guy's beating the shit out of another guy's Baller with a wrench. The owner shows up, wrench guy runs at him, and gets blasted out of his socks with a .45. The guy with the wrench's friend there starts shooting at the Gallivanter's owner. Then me. He didn't make it far. I must've called the police four times, my friend another two. Nothing.

 

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3:23 AM SEP 02 2021

Sheriff's dominate a scene on Forum and Carson. They used the less-lethal on the guy in yellow. He fell down.

 

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3:40 AM SEP 02 2021

Just down the road, police shoot the hell out of some guy in his car. They pushed up behind a cruiser as cover. He didn't make it out of there alive, a coroner's van took him right across the street.

 

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12:59 AM SEP 03 2021

Trouble in Jamestown. When isn't there? Particularly today. From my perch I saw a shooting, a fight, and enough police presence to make Times Square jealous. A Los Santos Police helicopter was spying on the people scattered around below.

 

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12:59 AM SEP 03 2021

More hell on Roy Lowenstien Boulevard. The citizens of Jamestown can't catch a break from flashing lights. SWAT and SWT were swarming the place like a Hispanic Bin Laden was holed up inside that house. They left empty-handed.

 

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A starless sky overcasts a starless city. A place where some dreams are made, and most dreams are broken.

I'm not sure how to wrap this volume up other than scratching my head and wondering what led to it all.

How could a place with such massive potential crumble and fall? History repeating itself?

How could a city filled with millions feel so empty and desolate?

Enjoy it all while you can. After all, "When in Rome..."

 

 

 

PARADISE Vol. I: First Impressions

PARADISE Vol. II: Sodom & Gomorrah

PARADISE Vol. III: Streets of Fire

PARADISE: Dangers of Society

 

 

Donate to help me afford bills, equipment, and repairs:

Every bit helps and is put toward my cost of living.

I make zero revenue from PARADISE publications.

 

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