Officials: Gang crime on the rise in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Violent gang crime is on the rise across Utah. That’s according to information from the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and local police.

They say we’re on pace to surpass 2016’s total of 94 drive-by shootings. According to the latest gang initiative update, there were 88 by the end of October.

Official say a lot of that is related to the drug trade and sometimes the suspects are still in elementary school.

“We’re seeing kids, 10, 11, 12, 13 carrying guns, committing crimes. I think there’s something to say that the older generations are getting the younger kids to carry the guns because there may be a lighter sentence but that’s kind of a false pretense because when you commit that crime we will deal with it very seriously,” said Salt Lake City Chief of Police Mike Brown.

New anti-gang initiatives are now underway, but officers can’t provide specifics. They say they don’t want gang members to know what they have planned.

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