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Brooklyn Shooting Could be Gang Related, Police Say

10:05 PM, Aug 31, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Gangs could be involved in the shooting Sunday night in Brooklyn that left 10 injured and an unborn child dead, one police chief said today.

"I think there are some gang overtones to that shooting," said Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Chief of Homeland Security, Narcotics and Vice Mike Williams. "So we are looking at all aspects of the shooting, it is a fluid investigation right now. I don't think anyone has the answer right now, we are still looking at it."

Williams said gangs often communicate with each other and weeks later can be feuding, and that can lead to violent crimes.

Gangs in Jacksonville are loosely organized, neighborhood based, and are mostly involved in street level drugs, he said. JSO tries to identify gang members and work to prevent young people from becoming future gang members.

"There is no glamour in being a gang member. If you look all over the country, you see the results of being in a gang: prison or death...two things you can count on being in a gang."

Williams said if the public sees suspicious activity such as graffiti on sidewalks or abandoned buildings, or people hanging out at abandoned property, they should report it. Police can then determine if  it is a gang.

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