More than a dozen members of a Long Beach gang have been arrested in connection with a series of shootings, including a 2009 killing, over a three-year span in the city, police said Wednesday.
Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell said the arrests of 16 members of the Baby Insane Crips are part of a push to reduce gang violence.
The gang gained notoriety in the 1980s and has been rooted in Long Beach for "generations," according to the chief.
"They are a big gang in our city — our biggest — and one that's responsible for a lot of our violent criminal activity," he said.
The alleged ringleader was identified as Sabrille Acklin, 29. McDonnell said most of those arrested were booked on murder and burglary charges after being linked to 13 shootings in the city between Nov. 19, 2009 and Dec. 3, 2011.