TUCSON (KVOA) – Six people were indicted in September in connection to 18 shootings that occurred in the Tucson metropolitan area.
The shootings are believed to have been perpetrated by the “Get Money Gang (GMG)” and “29th Street Blood” gang members from September 2019 to January 2020.
The gang members were identified as Richard Gonzales-Medina, Derrick Irutingabo, Bahati Leonidas, Mohamed Saeed, Abdallah Tutu and Saqr Zamzeer.
A Pima County grand jury indicted the six men on multiple felony counts, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury; endangerment; drive-by shooting; disorderly conduct; weapons misconduct (prohibited possession of a firearm); criminal damage; discharging a firearm in city limits; and conspiracy.
In October 2019, an investigation identified at least 18 shootings that were linked by multiple firearms used at the crime scenes, according to Tucson Police Department.
They say the “shootings took place predominately during house parties that were advertised on social media and resulted in a total of at least four shooting victims and more than 200 shell casings that were recovered by law enforcement officials from the 18 crime scenes.”
The shootings were linked through the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN), “a national network that allows for the capture and comparison of ballistic evidence to aid in solving and preventing violent crimes involving firearms.”
In a Facebook post, TPD said “in some of these incidents, multiple firearms were discharged at the scene”.
On Oct. 6, 2019, officers responded to a house party shooting in the 1700 block of E. 9th St. Two victims, a university student-athlete and an attendee, were shot, police say.
Investigators recovered at least 70 shell casing from the Oct. 6 house party. Police say they were fired by multiple NIBIN-linked firearms.
According to TPD, the following shooting incidents are the linked to the investigation by the Pima County Attorney’s Office:
- Sept. 14, 2019, 6795 E. Calle La Paz Tucson, Ariz.
- Oct. 4, 2019, 1020 S. Kroeger Ln. Tucson, Ariz., one shooting victim
- Oct. 6, 2019, 1700 E. 9th St. Tucson, Ariz., two shooting victims
- Oct. 26, 2019, 3360 W. Avenida Obregon Tucson, Ariz. ,one shooting victim
- Jan. 1, 2020 2754 N. Tyndall Ave. Tucson, Ariz., two shooting victims