FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno Police special response teams continue to take guns off the streets. Eyewitness News caught up with the southeast squad as it continues to make progress.
Gang members aren't the only ones being targeted for arrested. Whether you're a known gang member or not, possessing a gun illegally makes you a target for the special response team. Since the start of the year, 42 guns have been taken off southeast Fresno Streets.
Call after call, special response teams are going after gangs and guns. Southeast Fresno SRT Sergeant Adrian Alvarez says his team's work is being noticed by the suspects they're looking for.
"They're aware of our efforts and they understand that we're not gonna stop," said Alvarez.
Alvarez and his unit constantly make contact in gang infested neighborhoods. He says shootings in southeast Fresno are down 50 percent from last year at this time.But the SRT isn't just taking guns from gang members. Officers pulled over 29-year-old Michael Martinez near Iowa Avenue and Fifth Street Thursday night. Martinez was wanted for domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon. Police say the passenger, Marlon Arnold got out of the front seat and took off. Officers caught up to him a block away as he tossed a nine millimeter pistol loaded with a 17-round magazine. Police arrested a third passenger identified as Gino Pecina for an outstanding warrant of auto theft. Alvarez says simple vehicle code violations lead to arrests.
So far in 2018, the southeast special response tam alone has recovered 22 guns. Alvarez says the root of shootings in the district almost always lead to gangs.
"You hear of a shooting. More than likely gang related. And when we get there, we investigate and we determine 99 percent of the time, it is gang related," said Alvarez.
Crime Stoppers rewards are still enhanced. If you have any tips on gang members with handguns or assault rifles, you can earn up to $3,000. You can remain anonymous.