BROOKLYN – Authorities announced the arrests of 18 alleged members of the notoriously-violent "No Love City" gang.
The crew, a chapter of the Folk Nation street gang, was responsible for at least 10 separate shootings in Brooklyn, according to Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson. In multiple instances, innocent people were caught in the crossfire.
In one shooting caught on surveillance video, a child was playing on a scooter when a gunman started to shoot his weapon as people scattered and tried to hide.
In another instance, the crew was driving around looking for rivals to shoot when they opened fire, accidentally paralyzing a 60-year-old woman who was shopping for groceries, Thompson said. In another instance they shot and killed a 25-year-old rival.
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, together with NYPD Commissioner William Bratton announced the arrests of the suspects, charged in a 76-count indictment with conspiracy to commit murder, weapons possession and other charges.
"We must never allow violent street gangs to take over and terrorize our communities by going on hunting expeditions and roaming our streets shooting and killing people" Thompson said Wednesday.
The gang was also warring with rapper Meek Mill's people, even opening fire at the filming of a music video.
"They got in cars, several cars, armed with guns and rushed to Dumbo, Thompson said. "When they came outside an all out gun battle erupted right on the streets of Dumbo."
The men are between 18 and 27 years old; if convicted some face up to 25 years to life in prison.