Operation ... Gangs and Guns

December 9, 2008 5:57:48 PM PST
A surge in shootings across Fresno has the police department launching a new city wide crackdown on gun violence. Fresno Police report 14 shootings in the past two weeks. One of those happened in the neighborhood near Broadway and Franklin- outside the home of a 56-year-old woman. In response, investigators will decrease manpower for a holiday operation and increase efforts to battling violence.Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said, "The operation is going to be called "Gangs and Guns." Dyer announced the new crackdown- a day after Nanette Fuentez got the scare of her life. Fuentez said, "It felt like somebody hit me hard with a bat."

Gunfire erupted outside Fuentez's apartment Monday morning. A bullet went through her wall and hit the 56-year-old woman while she was sleeping. Her body is bruised where the bullet entered and is still lodged. Fresno Police say Fuentez was an innocent victim. On Tuesday, Chief Dyer used the woman's story as part of the reason he's devoting 130 officers a night to track down suspected criminals

Dyer said, "Violent crime will not be tolerated in this city. We will not tolerate people roaming our streets possessing fire arms" But "Operation Gangs and Guns" will impact manpower for "Operation Christmas Presence." Local law enforcement was concentrating on stopping thieves from preying on holiday shoppers. Dyer said, "We are not able to commit the level of resources perhaps that we had initially. We in law enforcement have to balance our resources."

"Operation Gangs and Guns" will continue for the next two weeks. But police report violent crime is actually down nine percent in the city compared to last year.

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