Five homicides and five attempted murders have been attributed to street gang activity already this year in such areas as LaSalle, Lachine and Notre Dame de Grace. Included among those numbers was the first homicide of the year, in Lachine, and the slaying of Tyler Jacobs, 16, in N.D.G.
“I think this year summer started in January. That’s why we’re here today. That’s the problem,” Brouillette said Thursday during a news conference to announce the results of a project Montreal police initiated Feb. 24.
Project OMNI is a grouping of Montreal police from neighbourhood stations and specialized units. Their goal is to stem the growing problem of street gang violence in western Montreal.
“I’m convinced it is very preoccupying for the public. Unfortunately, some sections have been more touched than others,” Brouillette said, listing LaSalle, Lachine, Cte des Neiges and N.D.G.
It is estimated there are more than 20 street gangs that can be considered serious organized crime groups in Montreal. Brouillette said the same ones plaguing other parts of the city are present in western Montreal.
Street gangs starting mayhem early, police lament
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