A shooting was reported to have taken place in the Mountain View area recently. Police said that there was a verbal argument between two groups on the 200 block of Southlook Avenue a bit before 9:00 p.m. on a Saturday. The responding officer explained that the argument quickly turned violent when at least one person shot off many bullets into a crowd of people. As the shots were fired, the crowd dispersed and many people fled the scene. One man, a 27-year-old, was shot in the back. He was transported to the local hospital for treatment. It is believed that his injuries are not life-threatening. The SPPD arrested one 18-year-old man in connection with the incident. The shooting was believed to be gang-related.
How Does San Diego Respond to Gang Activity?
There are 10 teams of uniformed officers and criminal investigators that make up the San Diego Street Gang Unit. They are divided into three categories:
- Gang Suppression Team which is in operation every day of the week, every week of the year patrolling the streets where gang activity and crimes are the highest.
- Graffiti Strike Force watches for new groups that splinter off into and begin developing their own criminal gang network. A group is considered a gang when the following criteria are met:
- A group name or an identifiable leader
- The group claims an area of the city or their turf, is a criminal enterprise, or engages in criminal activity that causes or contributes to the decline of a community
- The group meets regularly
- The group commits two or more felonies as listed in PC 186.22f
- Gang Investigations are most focused on felony crimes committed by gang members and are specifically tasked with the removal of the most violent gang offenders from the public sphere.
Together the Street Gang Unit’s goal is to crack down on gang-related crime and reduce membership in gangs in the city. The city takes gang violence and crime seriously by forcefully prosecuting gang members. Everything from secret surveillance systems to special operations and fieldwork help the unit find and arrest San Diego gang members. Reducing gang activity is important to keeping the neighborhoods in the city and the residents safe.
Are You Facing San Diego Violent Crime Charges and Need Legal Representation?
The Law Offices of David M. Boerjte can help you when you have been arrested and charged with a San Diego violent crime. Our law firm has successfully represented individuals charged with:
- Assault and Battery
- Domestic Violence
- Hate Crimes
- Illegal Possession of Weapons,
- Attempted Murder