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Fort Wayne Police on Nov. 23 issued a statement that a rash of violence over the past couple of months in the city is between two local street gangs.

"The Fort Wayne Police Department Gang and Violent Crimes Unit has been investigating this feud, collecting intelligence and conducting targeted enforcement on key players," according to police spokesman Sgt. Jeremy Webb.

The unit has continues to investigate and use enforcement as they try to minimize the violence associated with these groups, according the police department statement.

"Due to the combined efforts of GVCU Detectives and Southeast Operations officers; five associated members were arrested early this morning and charged with a variety of offenses (three were juveniles, two were adults)," according to the Nov. 23 statement.

Also, unit detectives confiscated seven firearms as a result of the investigations the night of Nov. 22.

"It is the hope of the city of Fort Wayne Police Department that the multiple arrests and firearms confiscated will lead to a reduction in violence between the involved street gangs," according to the statement.

One adult was arrested in the 3300 block of Felician Street. According to the Fort Wayne Police Department activity log, police were called at 12:36 a.m. Nov. 23 in reference to a party armed call.

Aristotle King, 22, faces charges of Level 5 felony resisting law enforcement fleeing in a vehicle; Level 5 felony criminal recklessness – shooting into an inhabited dwelling or place people likely gather; obstruction of justice; felony carrying a handgun without a license and four additional warrants.

"It is the Fort Wayne Police Department’s objective to collaborate with the community to help curb societal violence: community cooperation is essential in this endeavor," according to the statement. "Together we are safer, stronger, and more successful."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fort Wayne Police Department Gang and Violent Crimes Unit at 260-427-5575 or GVCU@cityoffortwayne.org, Crime Stoppers at 260-436-7867, or use the free anonymous P3 Tips app.

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