“At times, they’ll be armed:” Police patrol for gangs, guns in Fresno, after violent weekend

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Fresno Police Department Sgt. James Rossetti knows what he’s looking for. 

Every time there are cars and people hanging out, we want to see who’s in ’em, Rossetti said. Gang members can typically hang out in vehicles.

He took us down Peach, then Kings Canyon avenues in Fresno.

We’ll make contact with them, and at times, they’ll be armed, Rossetti said. 

Rossetti leading Tuesday night’s gang enforcement operation, after a rise in gang violence since Friday night.

It’s a big deterrent, and then, plus the community as a whole see us out there, so they know we’re dedicated to the decreasing of the violent crime, Rossetti said. Plus, that, you know, it sends a message we care, we don’t want this in the community.

Within minutes, our first stop. The team speaking with a Calwa Bulldog gang member, just 18-years-old and within his probation, according to officials.

Then, less than a half-hour later, a ShotSpotter call and a traffic stop.

Since Sunday, Fresno Police making 10 felony arrests, taking nine guns off the streets, including two fully automatic weapons.

Chief Jerry Dyer says this year, there are fewer shootings compared to last, but a majority can be tied to gangs.

Again, just this weekend, we had seven shootings in our city, and five of those were, involved gangs, Dyer said.

Dyer says the key is fast action.

Rossetti agrees, saying the arrests, and police presence, make a difference.

These young kids that are seeing these gang members continually get arrested, I think it sends a message that we don’t tolerate that type of activity here in Fresno.

Police informed us they also confiscated a gun from a traffic stop right after we left them. 

That was within one hour of our time with them.

Reporting in Fresno, Megan Rupe.

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