Last updated 6:00PM ET
June 18, 2013
WFCR Local Features
Gangs on the Rise (1) - Police Response
As drugs like heroin and crack get cheaper and purer, Springfield has become a geographic center for the Western Massachusetts drug trade -- and local gangs are thriving from it. these gangs recruit kids as young as 13 or 14 to deal drugs and carry guys -- with often tragic results. In May, high school athlete Mario Hornsby was the innocent victim of a gang-related drive-by shooting. The alleged shooter was a teenager too. And with the weather heating up, police and community members are bracing for even more dangerous tension on the streets. In a two-part series, WFCR's Karen Brown reports on efforts to stem the summer season of youth violence. today, she talks with the police sergeant in charge of Springfield's newly revived 'street crimes unit'.
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