A gang war being waged since last summer in Oakland, Calif., is blamed by Police Chief Howard Jordan for 90 percent of the city's violent crimes, which appeared to spike over the weekend with four people being killed last Friday and 11 others wounded since then.
Jordan addressed the rise in shootings across the city in a news conference on Monday.
"We know who the bad guys are and we’re focused on getting them," Jordan told the news media. "We are going to be relentless; we are going to be aggressive, and we are going to bring them to justice."
According to Jordan, the gang war started when a woman was killed last summer, triggering a series of retribution shootings, stabbings and beatings. The police chief refused to name the two gangs engaged in the bloody street war, saying only that at least one of the groups have merged with another street gang which he believes has contributed to the increase in violence in recent months.
Only one suspect has been taken into custody by police since last week's bloody exchange, according to CBS News local affiliate KCBS
In 2012, violent crime in Oakland increased 23 percent according to police, which as a department shrunk to its lowest level in over a decade with just 612 members due to retirements and resignations over the past 12 months.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan appeared to partly blame the rise in violent crimes on her resident's access to guns.
"These kinds of fights between gangs didn’t used to end with a dozen murders. Because of the availability of guns, we’ve got disputes by very young people and shooters who are very young, who have access to guns that are totally out of control," Quan said at the press conference.
Police conducted a raid on one of the groups on Friday, seizing 11 assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, according to CBS News.
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