的 “Chico Gang,” which authorities said had terrorized two public housing projects since 2018, was hit with wide-ranging conspiracy indictments charging 13 members with shooting a dozen people — including four innocent bystanders, among them a 12-year-old boy.
The alleged gangbangers were charged with conspiracy, 企图谋杀, attempted assault and weapons possession, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said in a press release.
Three of the reputed gang members were arraigned in Manhattan court on Wednesday, while the others were already in custody.
“The arrests of these gang members were specifically targeted to remove the drivers of this gang violence from our streets,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea 在声明中说.
“The Chico gang has carried on senseless rivalries targeting other gangs with innocent members of the community — including children — being caught in the crossfire,” Shea said. “It has to stop.”
According to the indictments, the gang operated out of Wagner Houses public housing complex, with the violence aimed largely at a rival gang at nearby Jefferson Houses.
Prosecutors said the gang communicated via text and online, using Snapchat and Instagram, and plotting out crimes in Facebook group chats and instant messages.
“Somebody goin get hurt Saturday,” one alleged member said in a March 10, 2019 chat.
“I’m giving a gun to anyone of my (n字)s who wanna drill no question about it me saying no to somebody could have (n字)s in danger,” one gang member wrote in a Jan. 17, 2020 text message.
“Ima Get Ya Something so ya won’t have to ask nobody don’t even show (n字)s or speak about it gangsta,” the text allegedly said. “You personally know da vibes tho I’m (n字)s on drill timing I’m promoting all antics.”