Local police say they've launched an aggressive response to increasing gang violence and gang-related shootings in our area.
One action was the recent arrest of alleged Latin King gang member Gabriel Gonzalez by the Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force. With the aid of the Binghamton, Johnson City, Vestal joint SWAT Team, SIU raided 25 Berlin Street in Binghamton's First Ward last week. Police say 18 year-old Gonzalez was apprehended as he tried to flee out a back door. He faces weapons charges after investigators allegedly found a loaded stolen .32 caliber handgun and sawed-off shotgun in the home. SIU says the arrest grew out of an investigation into recent shootings on Thorp and Crandall Streets in the city.