Fresno police have been aggressively serving search warrants and making arrests this week in an effort to put a lid on a series of shootings involving southwest Fresno gangs, said Lt. Mark Salazar of the department's Street Violence Bureau.
"We have knocked the bottom out of these feuds," Salazar said.
Police say there have been eight shootings involving area gangs in the past 28 days. That followed two months of relative calm with no shootings.
Taking control of the smoldering violence is more than a matter of quelling a gang war between two groups, Salazar said. Rather, causes of the violence are "all over the board," he said. To stop the deadly disputes, officers are throwing tactical teams, gang units and even traffic officers into the effort.
In a Wednesday enforcement action, police as well as members of the MAGEC anti-gang unit swept into the 2200 block of South Lotus Avenue after receiving information that a gang member in the area had a handgun.
While serving the warrant, officers arrested Israel Rodriguez, 23, who had the weapon in his waistband. Officers also recovered another revolver stashed in a stove, Salazar said. A second gang member, Johnny Quarles, 23, was taken into custody for a probation violation, Salazar added.
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