The NYPD says nearly half of the New York City's shootings are committed by teenage gangs at war with each other.
According to the Associated Press, police report that there are over 300 such gangs in the city such as the True Money Gang, Cash Bama Bullies and Very Crispy Gangsters. All are composed of boys and young men between the ages of 12 and 20-years-old. These groups, police allege, are responsible for a large portion of the city's shootings:
Police say these groups, clustered around a particular block or housing project, are responsible for about 40 percent of the city’s shootings, with most of that violence stemming from the smallest of disses on the street, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
NYPD gang division leader Kevin Catalina reinforces the notion that many of the shootings are the result of trivial conflicts. "A lot of it is driven by nothing: A dispute over a girl or a wrong look or a perceived slight," he said.
Though overall crime has dropped in the city, gang violence continues to prosper. The question everyone's asking is what is being done about it:
Investigators now focus on gathering intelligence about specific crews — understanding their activities, allegiances and feuds, which they glean through traditional street policing and trolling of social media sites, cellphone photos and even recorded jailhouse calls.
[via Washington Post]
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