TULSA, Okla. (AP) - An ongoing feud between four Tulsa street gangs is responsible for a recent string of shootings throughout the city and contributing to a spike in aggravated assault reports, officers with the Police Department’s Organized Gang Unit said.
The Hoover Crips, the 5 Trey Blocc Crips, the Neighborhood Crips and the Bloods have been fighting on and off since Christmas Eve 2012, when Shawn Montrel Banks was killed in a north Tulsa home after police said he became angry over a stolen rifle.
Witnesses told officers Banks “disrespected” a 5 Trey Blocc Crip who had been killed about a week before Christmas and that led to the shooting, according to court records.
Banks’ death split a friendship that had existed between the Hoover Crips, which is Tulsa’s largest street gang, and the 5 Trey Blocc Crips, police said.
Sgt. Sean Larkin, who heads the Organized Gang Unit, said fighting between the gangs escalated last October after a Hoover Crip was shot and killed in his car.
“We had some sporadic (fighting) between a smaller group of the Hoovers and the 5 Trey guys since then, but it didn’t really kick up into a bunch of violence until (the 2014 homicide),” Larkin told the Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/1KXApRG ).
The violence continued July 2 when Elon Shaw was fatally shot at a carwash. Shaw wasn’t a gang member but was associated with the Hoover Crips, Larkin said.
More shootings occurred Sunday and Monday, with three men hospitalized with gunshot wounds. Police said the man shot Sunday had three gunshot wounds, including one to the head.
The shootings also are contributing to a spike in assault reports, police said.
Since January, police have received 429 aggravated assault reports, up from 319 reports during the same period last year. At that time, the 319 reports were a near-record low for the agency, Larkin said.
Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com
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