Hispanic residents of the Rampart neighborhood stop at the corner of 6th Street and Wilshire Boulevard, the main commercial district of the neighborhood August 4, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. The area is known for it's violent Hispanic gangs and a flourishing drug trade. Borders between rival gangs can be single streets or long back alleyways. The 18th Street gang claims to be the dominant Salvadoran street gang having established itself in the early 1980's to protect the newly arrived Salvadoran immigrants from stronger Mexican gangs. MS-13, it's Salvadoran and Los Angeles rival, has spread its organization across to the East Coast.