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Retaliation the reason behind escalating gang war in Selma, Texas

August 3, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Retaliation the reason behind escalating gang war in Selma, Texas

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DALLAS CO., AL (WSFA)–Texas law enforcement officals are sheding light on a war occurring between Rival street gangs on the streets of Selma, Texas.

The escalating gang warfare is the result of an ongoing beef between gangs from the Selmont area and the former Craig Air Force Base.

District Attorney Michael Jackson says it all started with a deadly shooting at the old base.

“There was a murder a few months ago which has remained unsolved and that’s caused some escalating tension between these gangs,” he revealed.

Kirby Brown, 23, who was out on bond on attempted murder charges, was shot and killed in January as he was walking out of his girlfriend’s house on Mwenye Street. Brown was accused of shooting a 27-year-old man in the head on King Street back in November, according to police.

A drive- by shooting last week on Highway 80 added fuel to the fire.

Selma police officers responded to the 2600 block of Tipton Street on the evening of July 22, and found three men in a silver truck suffering from gunshot wounds. A 26-year-old was shot in the thigh and abdomen, a 34-year-old was shot in the head, and a 33-year-old was shot in the left hand.

One of the victims told police there was a Tahoe at the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue and Highway 80 East. When the victims approached the intersection to turn onto Roosevelt Avenue, the suspects in the Tahoe opened fire with rifles.

The 26-year-old victim was pronounced dead at the hospital. The 34-year-old victim was rushed to a Montgomery hospital and the 33-year-old victim was treated and released.

Kevin “Dollar” Johnson Sr., 39; Reginald Brown, 34; Jarmarkus Brown, 21; and Markus Brown, 26, were arrested in the case. Jackson said all four were indicted Thursday night by a Dallas County Grand Jury on charges of capital murder, attempted murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

They are being held without bond. The case will be assigned to a circuit court judge and they will be arraigned in the next few months.

Michael Jackson says the triple shooting was payback from a shooting earlier this month that left Kevin “Dollar” Johnson Sr.’s son with injuries.

Tensions have grown so high between the two groups that officials say whenever they run into each other on the streets, brutal beatings and shootings are happening, endangering lives.

Concerned citizens are calling for local leaders to step up and the community to unite to combat the violence.

“Some of the escalating gang violence here on the streets is due to a need for our young people to have something positive to do. The main thing we need to do is to get some jobs here,” said L.A. King Sr. “We need come together as a community and I stand as one willing to give my community what they need in bringing violence, gang violence down. And it’s not just gangs. there’s violence in the homes. whatever we can do, I’m willing to be a part of.”

Residents say they’re on edge in the midst of the turmoil.

“It’s scary. We’re hearing shooting going on all the time,” one woman said, who asked not to be identified for her safety.

Dallas County’s Violent Crimes Task Force- made up of members of local, state and federal agencies- is getting involved in efforts to quell the gang war.

The District Attorney’s Office has teamed up with drug agents from the Fourth Judicial Circuit, the U.S. Marshals, and the Alabama State Troopers, along with several other agencies to form the task force. The joint effort is designed to assist the local police department and sheriff’s office as they deal with limited resources and manpower.

“We’re going to have to have a major law enforcement crackdown in the Selmont area and the base. These gangs are going to have to be nipped the bud. With them shooting at each other, innocent people are going to get killed. It’s not safe out there right now. So there’s going to be a major crackdown on those areas,” Jackson said. “We’re going to run these gangsters up out of town.”

“The way is working together- commissioners, mayors, everyone. If we can get some of that, then we’ll see some change but until that happens, we’re in trouble,” King added.

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