Police say Reno shootings are gang-related

Reported by: Ashley Cullins
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Updated: 2/13/2013 1:42 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- A young man is being treated for a gunshot wound today after being shot in a neighborhood near Plumb and Kietzke in Reno Sunday night. Police say it's gang-related and they're looking for suspects in that shooting and a drive-by that killed a 16-year-old boy just a few days earlier.

"We are aware that this violence has occured in this particular neighborhood," said Reno Police Department Lieutenant Mohammad Rafaqat. "We have a very aggressive gang unit. They have plans in place to be proactive to have some presence in the area to try to deter something else from happening."

Lt. Rafaqat says both the shootings are gang-related but they haven't officially connected the two crimes.

"It appears that the victims in the second shooting are also the victims in the first shooting," Lt. Rafaqat said. "So it does not appear to be retaliatory."

Lt. Rafaqat says they need the neighborhood's help. If you see a fight in progress, call police immediately even if it's just verbal. 

"It might be minor initially and escalate into something bigger down the road or a couple of hours later," Lt. Rafaqat said.

But remember to stay safe and keep your distance.

"Don't get involved because you're dealing with people who are unpredictable and you don't know what they're capable of doing," Lt. Rafaqat said.

So just report the crime, don't try to stop it yourself. 

Police are looking for two hispanic men in connection with Sunday's Yori Avenue shooting. One is described as 6 feet tall, last seen wearing a black sweatshirt and black pants. The other is 5 feet tall with a smaller build and tattoos on his face and head - possibly of devil horns. In Friday's drive by shooting, Lt. Rafaqat says there may have been as many as four passengers in a shiny, black sedan that police believe was an Audi.

If you have any information about the suspects, the car, or either of the shootings please call Secret Witness at 775-322-4900. 

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