Police crackdown on gangs after violent weekend

Police crackdown on gangs after violent weekend

FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno police are working to get gang members off the streets after three deadly drive-by shootings this Memorial Day weekend.

Police started the day promising action, and Tuesday, they arrested four accused gang members near Belgravia and Tupman.

Police paraded a young man in his dirt-stained t-shirt in handcuffs. We've blurred his face because he's a minor.

Police said he was in a car with three other people - all of them gang members. Officers say the group led them on a one mile car chase after someone in the group shot at a home on "C" street. 

The chase ended in a crash at Belgravia and Tupman in southwest Fresno.

"Two males got out, one running with AK 47. The other, with a handgun. The two females, they immediately took into custody," said Fresno Police Lt. Carl McKnight.

Paramedics checked out one of the teenage suspects after police said a k-9 bit him. 

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer announced hours earlier, officers would crackdown on gangs.

"We will be utilizing every available resource within the Fresno Police Department to combat the gang violence within our city," said Dyer.

There were three deadly shootings over Memorial Day weekend. The latest one claimed the life of Kayla Foster, 18. 

Police said Foster was the unintended target of a gang shooting at a party early Monday morning. It happened on South Bardell about a half mile away from Tuesday's chase. Police are looking into whether any of the suspects are connected.

Early Sunday morning, two men were shot dead less than two miles apart.

Police said Manuel Lopez, 22, was shot and killed walking home from the store near White and Backer. Police said he was wearing red shorts, but has no gang history.

Police said gunshot detection alerted police of another shooting near Willow and Inyo not long after Lopez was shot. Officers found a 40-year-old dead who they say has history of gang involvement.

"Far too many parents in our community are losing their kids," said Dyer.

Dyer called on the community to help.

"It is a society problem. It is a community problem. It is important everyone do their part," Dyer said.

Dyer is asking pastors and parents to engage in kids' lives and help steer them in the right direction. 

There have been 29 murders in Fresno so far this year compared to 16 last year.


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