DENVER -- Federal and local investigators are taking down the most violent members of a dangerous Denver street gang. A gang they say is responsible for creating danger and fear in the North Park Hill community.
For the first time in Colorado, prosecutors are using a violent crime racketeering law that allows them to seek a much harsher punishment.
A surveillance video of a shooting at a Denver car wash at 35th and Downing is a frightening example of how the Bloods Violent Street Gang terrorized the North Park Hill community.
Gang members opened fire on each other while two young children stood by a van. Two gang members were killed. Luckily, no innocent bystanders were hurt.
In another crime, gang members fired into a Denver apartment complex where 11 people were inside. In that case, a man was shot in the back while sitting in his car.
These are just some of the several crimes federal and local investigators were able to link together. The same shooters and people ordered the shootings.
The yearlong investigation combined cutting edge gunshot detection and analysis, social media, and cell phone technology to connect the key and most violent gang members.
That connection allows prosecutors to go for a much tougher punishment.
This violent crime racketeering charge means that if convicted the gang members face lengthy sentences behind bars in a federal prison.