A Summer of Gang Assaults and Killings in Washington State Beware
It's expected to be another busy summer in Washington State with gang related shootings and assaults. Authorities say three gangs operate in the state with the largest number of members statewide.
THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE CLAIM LOYALTY TO THREE MAIN GANGS
Thousands serve in the Crips, the Bloods (or Pirus), and the Black Gangster Disciples (BGD's). But police say other gangs are also active in the state including Bandidos MC, Gypsy Joker Motorcycle Club and Hells Angels.
THE LATEST GANG RELATED MURDER HAPPENED THIS WEEK
Some of those gangs operate in the valley and that's why it's expected to be a busy summer. The city witnesses numerous killings and shootings every year, as reported on the latest incident that happened on Sunday at a Yakima apartment. A woman reportedly strangled a documented Norteño gang member during a fight after he threatened her with a gun.
POLICE SAY TWO MAIN GANGS CAUSE MOST OF THE PROBLEMS IN YAKIMA
Yakima Police expect more shootings associated with the area's two main gangs, The Sureños or The Norteños, and other street gangs, such as East Side Longos, West Side Pomona, Florencia 13, and Viva Los Locos, which also operate in Toppenish and Sunnyside.
MORE THAN 40 GANG RELATED INCIDENTS HAPPENED IN THE CITY OF YAKIMA LAST YEAR
In 2022 Yakima Police investigated more than 40 gang related shootings and crimes.
The Yakima Police Department's Patrol Division, Captain Jay Seely, explains that the local street gangs primarily segregate into two groups - the Norteños and the Sureños, though they share a California-origin, with a connection to the Nuestra Familia prison gang.
The two main gangs in Yakima are constantly at war with each other say local authorities and they battle over Yakima territory as well.