Van Nuys: Gang officers from
across the San Fernando Valley and SWAT served search warrants on
fifteen locations early this morning, mostly in Van Nuys and
Arleta. The warrants stemmed from a near-fatal shooting of a female
gang associate in Reseda on August 3, 2015.
“This case first looked like a real whodunit,” explained Capt. Paul
Vernon, Commanding Officer of the West Valley Patrol Division. “But
using intelligence gathered from gang officers, the detectives not
only identified their probable shooters, but uncovered a brewing
feud among local rival gangs.”
Since the initial August 3rd shooting, investigators attributed
over a half dozen more shootings to the same gang. The search
warrants were developed on locations where investigators believed
the gang members might have stored guns.
After all fifteen warrants were served, police arrested 4 men
and seized 6 guns, including AR15 and AK47 assault rifles, from the
various residences. Detectives will work to determine the suspects’
involvement and test fire the guns to determine if they were used
in the shootings.
“We expect today’s operation will put a big hurt on this gang and
its ability to operate,” Vernon added. “Taking these guns out of
these criminals’ hands will surely make the Valley a little
Anyone with information on these crimes is urged to call Det. James
Fillmore, West Valley Homicide, at (818) 374-7709. During
non-business hours or on the weekends, calls should be directed to
1-877-LAPD-24-7(877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous
should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800)-222-8477).
Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number
274637(C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text
messages should begin with the letters”LAPD.” Tipsters may also go
to www.LAPDOonline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the