Authorities in New York City have accused 18 alleged gang members of going on "hunting expeditions" where they cruised around Brooklyn looking for rival gang members to shoot, paralyzing a 60-year-old woman grocery shopping in one instance.
Members of the "No Love City" chapter of the Folk Nation street gang were charged with multiple offenses, including conspiracy to commit murder, in a 76-count indictment unsealed Wednesday, NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton and Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced.
"These defendants are not just crew members but part of a criminal enterprise that has been responsible for a significant amount of the violence which has plagued the Flatbush and Canarsie sections of Brooklyn over the last two years," Bratton said.
Thompson and Bratton said 16 of the 18 suspects have already been arrested. Two members of the gang — which operated primarily along Flatbush, Newkirk and Ditmas avenues — are still on the run.
Authorities allege the gang members would go "riding out" in the Canarsie neighborhood, looking for members of the 100 Cloccs’ gang — a chapter of the Crips — and two other rival gangs in retaliation for the shooting death of a 17-year-old No Love City member.
"Many neighborhoods were affected, from Flatbush to Canarsie to DUMBO to Park Slope to Carroll Gardens to Bushwick," Thompson said. "These guys were just walking down the street they were driving in cars shooting and killing people."
During one of the so-called hunting expeditions, Bratton and Thompson said, No Love City gang members shot and killed a 25-year-old rival gang member.
In another instance, they shot a 60-year-old woman who was grocery shopping, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. She told NBC 4 New York she was glad the alleged gangsters were off the streets.
"I'm glad to hear they're off the street and I hope they stay off the street," she told NBC 4 New York.
In a third instance, one gang member was caught on surveillance cameras shooting at several people in the courtyard of a Brooklyn apartment building as children ride bicycles and scooters nearby.
In all, authorities say the gang members were implicated in more than 30 shootings across Brooklyn.
After the expeditions, authorities allege, the gang members would brag about their exploits on social media, taking credit for attacks and killings. They also used Facebook to orchestrate future attacks, authorities said.
Amid the violent rides, another No Love City member, Richard "Money Bags" James, was shot to death at a comedy club in West Hollywood, California, hours before "Blue Collar Comedy Tour"comedian Ron White was set to take the stage. A few days after the Oct. 14 shooting, members of the gang went to DUMBO and got in a shootout with a rival gang.
Thompson and Bratton also said the gang members were accused of a litany of other crimes between 2013 and January of this year, including robberies and the sale of contraband in prison.
One of the arrested gang members was accused of leading cops on a high-speed chase that ended in a three-car crash after refusing to stop for police who tried to pull him over for texting while driving.