Chandler police will beef up enforcement over the weekend in response to increased gang activity and a recent drive-by shooting that left a 19-year-old woman dead and five people wounded.
A special statewide gang task force of at least 10 officers and four extra Chandler officers will look for leads in the case of Sunday’s homicide and monitor gang activity throughout the city.
“We are trying to do saturated and directed patrols in the gang areas,” said Chandler police spokesman Sgt. Rick Griner. “We want to stir up some more information on the shooting and hopefully try to develop more leads to stop this.”
Police began to see an increase in crimes linked to gang members in October 2005. The city’s two gang officers along with special patrol officers trained in gang enforcement have identified an increasing number of gang members throughout the city, Griner said.
“Since then, we have reinstated 15 gang liaison officers, and our intelligence unit has been communicating with patrol,” Griner said.
The department has also conducted warrant operations along with the U.S. Marshal’s Service to arrest violent offenders.
In Sunday’s drive-by shooting, 19-year-old Lindsay Key was killed and five other people wounded in a gang-related confrontation outside a home at 239 E. Erie St. Police have not made any arrests.
Many gang members operate and reside in an area between Hamilton Street and Ray Road, and Arizona Avenue to McQueen Road, police say.
Key was not a gang member nor associate and was at “the wrong place at the wrong time,” authorities said.
She graduated from Hamilton High School in 2005 and had an infant daughter named Latrice.
Key’s family is collecting donations for Latrice, which can be made at any Wells Fargo branch in Key’s name.
Anyone with information on Sunday’s shooting or other incidents is asked to call (480) 782-4130 or Silent Witness.
The Chandler Police Department will host a community meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday at Galveston Elementary School, 661 E. Galveston St., to discuss the drive-by fatal shooting, increasing gang activity and what police are doing to reduce violent crimes. Police will also provide tips on staying aware in your neighborhood.