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63 Indicted In East Harlem Gangs Crackdown

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Authorities say 63 people have been indicted in a crackdown against three violent Manhattan street gangs.

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly say the crimes date back to at least 2009. They include three murders and more than 30 shootings as well as assaults and gun trafficking.

The rival street gangs, known as Air It Out, True Money Gang and True Money Bosses, were battling for control over a section of East Harlem.

“Today’s indictments chronicle a bloody gang war that claimed the lives of at least three teenagers, led to the shooting of dozens of individuals and put bounties on people’s heads,” said Vance. “Forced to live among this senseless violence is the silent majority – innocent families who live in fear of getting shot while trying to go about their daily lives.”

Police said the 2009 fatal shooting of a member of Air It Out set off a deadly chain of revenge shootings. Of the 63 alleged gang members, prosecutors said dozens are charged with first degree conspiracy to commit murder.

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