Mayor Acknowledges Omaha's Gang Problem
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Omaha, NE -- The mayor says there’s been a gang problem this summer. In the last several days, the streets of Omaha have seen a lot of violence, and just last week Omaha police announced a round-up of gang members.
At the Omaha Press Club, Mayor Stothert said we need to have enough sworn officers on the police force, and make sure they have the equipment to use it. She said more operations should help stop the violence soon.
Early Monday morning, 35 shell casings were found in a 4 block area near 50th & Maple St. from 3 different guns. Wednesday at about 6:30pm, people in vehicles exchanged gunfire near 33rd & Laurel Ave. and 32nd & California St.
Mayor Stothert said when operations like Purple Haze take place, which took a number of known gang members off the streets it can increase activity.
"With gang sociology, one gang goes away others try to move up in the hierarchy, it's just the way it is. So we've been seeing a lot of gang activity this summer. So we've been seeing a lot of gang activity this summer. There are other task forces going on right now, and I think you're going to see some real significant changes really really soon," Mayor Stothert explained.
Police have not said if these shootings were a result of gang violence. Authorities estimate that there are about 3,000 gang members in the metro.