NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A takedown of members of three Brooklyn gangs has resulted within the arrests of greater than a dozen younger males and youths.
Authorities say they’re accountable for multiple shootings and several murders, CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported Tuesday.
Video reveals two males with darkish hoodies strolling into an Albany Avenue condominium foyer and up the steps, the place police say a Candy 16 birthday celebration was underway. One other man on the door pulls out a gun and begins capturing.
The incident occurred in November 2020. Police say the meant goal was a person within the elevator, who was believed to be a member of a rival gang. In whole, 9 individuals had been shot. A 20-year-old lady from Virginia didn’t survive.
“It’s devastating and it’s actually damaging,” Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez stated.
It was simply one among 14 shootings Gonzalez outlined Tuesday that he consider the 17 alleged gang members are behind. The members are a part of three violent avenue gangs that shaped an alliance referred to as “YPF.”
“Probably the most disturbing facets is the age. Some had been as younger as 14 or 15 years previous,” Gonzalez stated.
In one other incident, in October of 2020, two of the alleged gang members had been concerned in a deadly capturing at a New Lots bodega.
“It seems success is measured of their gang by the quantity of violence that they interact in,” Gonzalez stated.
Snapchat video reveals the accused glorifying weapons. On one video, a defendant shoves a gun in a canine’s mouth.
“It reveals how this gang and gun tradition has obsessed these younger males,” Gonzalez stated.
Mayor Eric Adams stated prevention and intervention are essential to stopping the violence.
“Do an evaluation of the place the shootings are happening — Black, brown and poor. I’ll wager you that they might have been introduced up in a legal atmosphere, and lived in poverty,” Adams stated.
Authorities stated a displayed graph reveals gun violence spiked in 2020, however dropped in Might 2021 as soon as courts reopened and gang takedowns resumed.
Brooklyn’s DA hopes these newest arrests ship a message to criminals — should you hearth a gun, you’re going to pay the value.
5 of the accused are dealing with life sentences, charged with homicide. The DA additionally stated the gang is recruiting youngsters as younger as 11 years previous.