- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 12, 2017

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Law enforcement officials say they thwarted a planned gang attack this fall on about 200 people gathered in a Bakersfield park, including dozens of rival gang members.

Federal agents said Tuesday that members of the West Side Crips were on their way to Martin Luther King Park in October, where they planned to shoot into the crowd.

But federal, state and local agents were monitoring their movements and telephone calls. They faked a routine traffic stop to block what a federal affidavit calls the attempted murder of rival gang members.

After a chase, three suspects jumped from the still-moving vehicle before it crashed into a telephone pole.

Police found three handguns, two of them with high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Authorities announced 49 arrests Tuesday as part of the larger gang crackdown.

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