FBI Targets Violent Gangs

By Stephanie Parkinson

April 1, 2013 Updated Apr 1, 2013 at 6:11 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. – (www.incnow.tv) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is ramping up its efforts to target violent gangs in The Summit City. This comes as police are investigating five shootings that happened over the weekend in Fort Wayne.

The FBI task force, Safe Streets Initiative, is a nationwide effort. The Fort Wayne FBI office has been participating in this effort since 2009.

The FBI targets gangs as units and conducts longer investigations. They’re focused on dismantling gangs instead of just making one or two arrests.

One example of the FBI’s efforts to break up gangs in the Summit City was last summer when the Outlaws Fort Wayne clubhouse was raided.

While this weekend's shootings have not been linked to gang activity violence continues to run rampant in the city this year, with 14 homicides so far. The FBI is looking to break apart what it believes to be the source.

"Much of the violence in Fort Wayne is attributed to violent gangs. It's not just the homicides, you throw robberies, burglaries, drive by shootings and other violent crimes in there and you find that violent gangs are responsible for much of the violence here," said Special Agent David Crawford, Supervisor, FBI Fort Wayne.

If you have information that could help investigators the FBI would like to hear from you at this number 260-426-5331.

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