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Gang-linked incidents keep police on the run

Published August 9, 2005 1:08 am

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Salt Lake City gang police had a busy weekend, with four incidents involving gang members or possible gang members.

But a Salt Lake City gang officer doesn't believe the frequent appearances on police watch logs signals an increase in gang activity.

"It's a little bit higher than what it usually is, but none of it's related," said Lt. Tim Doubt, commander of the Salt Lake City Police Department's gang unit. "We're hoping it's just kind of a weird thing."

The action started early Saturday morning, just after midnight. The gang police, according to a report, received information that suspects in an earlier shooting were at a motel in the 1500 block of South Main Street. One person was arrested.

Then at 1:45 a.m. Saturday, a party was underway in the front yard of a residence near 300 North and 800 West. A police report says suspects walked to an alley across the street and fired gunshots at the partiers. A bullet struck one person in the upper back. He was transported to a hospital in critical condition.

Doubt said the shooting was part of an ongoing feud between two gangs.

At 1 a.m. Sunday, suspects stabbed two people, believed to be gang members, outside their home near 300 North and 1000 West. A police report says the victims arrived home and found several males waiting for them. A fight ensued and culminated in the stabbing.

Doubt said the victims in that case are not cooperating.

About two hours later, a minor car accident occurred at a convenience store in the 1100 West block of California Avenue. A car approached and two 17-year-old suspects began beating people involved in the accident with clubs, according to police. Police found the suspects a short time later. Doubt said at least one suspect claimed to be a gangster.

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