Violent gang crime erupts in Visalia

VISALIA, Calif.

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A double shooting this week near Downtown Visalia is the latest violent gang crime to erupt in the South Valley city.

Visalia Police Chief Colleen Mestas says many young, new gang members are to blame. Officers are seeing juveniles as young as ten-years-old armed with weapons out in public. "Now I'm going to be honest with you- a couple years ago it wouldn't have risen to the attention of the public because it was happening every night we have solved that but now we are seeing a slight increase in the juvenile rival gang members."

Chief Mestas says their gang unit is working aggressively to suppress violence -- but is encouraging the public to call the department if they see or hear about anything suspicious.

Anonymous tips can be called in or submitted online.

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