More than a dozen members of a violent East Harlem street gang were indicted Wednesday in a massive takedown in a joint investigation by police and prosecutors.
The “Chico Gang,” which authorities said had terrorized two public housing projects since 2018, was hit with wide-ranging conspiracy indictments charging 13 members with shooting a dozen people — including four innocent bystanders, among them a 12-year-old boy.
The alleged gangbangers were charged with conspiracy, attempted murder, attempted assault and weapons possession, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said in a press release.
Three of the reputed gang members were arraigned in Manhattan court Wednesday, while the others were already in custody.
“The arrests of these gang members were specifically targeted to remove the drivers of this gang violence from our streets,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a statement.