Eighteen members of a New York gang face multiple charges after being arrested for allegedly inflicting violence upon several neighborhoods.
“These defendants caused a wave of terror throughout the streets of Brooklyn with no regard for human life. Some of these shootings happened in front of children,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, reports The Daily Mail. “
A little over one-third of the No Love City gang’s 45 members, ages 18 to 27, will face charges of attempted murder and more.
"These guys were just walking down the street they were driving in cars shooting and killing people,” Thomson explained.
Some of the gang’s specific crimes include reportedly shooting and paralyzing a 60-year-old woman and allegedly murdering a 25-year-old rival gang member.
"I'm glad to hear they're off the street and I hope they stay off the street," the elderly woman who was shot said, reports NBC News.
After the attacks, the gang reportedly bragged about the violence on social media.
If convicted, each member will spend up to 25 years in prison.
One suspect is currently awaiting extradition from New Jersey, while police are hunting for two others. Investigations are still ongoing and more gang members may also be charged.
Officials view this as a victory in the battle against reducing New York gang-related crimes.
“These defendants are not just crew members, but part of a criminal enterprise that has been responsible for a significant part of the violence which has plagued the Flatbush and Canarsie sections over the last two years,” said NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton.
“Any time we do a takedown, we see a direct correlation to decreased violence in a neighborhood that’s affected,” said Deputy Chief Kevin Catalina, the commanding officer of the NYPD Gang Division, reports The New York Daily News.
Reports indicate gangs are tied to nearly half of the state’s shootings.
“The gun has come to define manhood for these young men, and the willingness to use it has become a rite of passage,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said.