Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Syracuse Police gave a stern warning to some of city’s most violent men in March that if they didn’t put down their guns and choose a different path, and there was another gang-related shooting, the weight of law enforcement and the courts would swing down hard on the entire group.
That's exactly what happened after the March 10 homicide of 20-year-old Darrell Mobley, who was shot and killed while standing in front of 1811 East Fayette Street.
Syracuse Police say once they determined it was gang-related homicide, they not only arrested the shooter, but it also forced a widespread crackdown of everyone alleged to be in the killer's gang. Martin Griswold was charged with murder in connection to Mobley’s death
, and police have now revealed they also arrested 22 members of a gang calling itself LAMA, Lex Ave Midtown Assassins.
Syracuse Police describe LAMA as a violent street gang that operates on Syracuse's East Side.
LAMA gang members were targeted for 30 days and nearly two dozen gang members were arrested:
- 22 LAMA members arrested
- 1 parolee revoked
- 1 probationer revoked
- 1 Federal Probationer revoked
- 8 social service benefits ceased
- 4 social service fraud investigations initiated
- 26 home visits on probationers and parolees
- 2 handguns and 2 long guns recovered
“We promised them that once we determined that it was a trigger, that we would be coming and we would be coming fast, and that's exactly what we did,” said Syracuse Police Sgt. Tom Connellan. “We want people to know that this is the way we're going to do business in this town.”
Truce leaders acknowledge that the solution goes beyond policing and it will take time to redirect the lives of those shaped by guns, drugs, and violence. An additional program run using grant money is offering youths
who want to leave the gang life an alternative.
Through the program, they can receive counseling, fight additions, and become responsible fathers.
25 young men have called Syracuse Truce’s outreach coordinator since the program began.