15 N. Philly gang members arrested for 2014 gun violence
Following a grand jury investigation, 15 members of a North Philadelphia gang have been arrested on a variety of charges stemming back to 2014 gun violence, District Attorney Seth Williams announced Thursday.
The crimes include firearms violations, conspiracy and homicide. Prosecutors allege that the 15 members, aged between 19 to 37, were part of the "TNT" gang — named for the area of 10th and Thompson Streets near Temple University — and engaged in at least 13 criminal incidents, nine of which were shootings.
“Members of a group who identify themselves as ‘TNT’ have terrorized the citizens of North Philadelphia’s neighborhoods, literally having gun battles right outside their front doors, for months,” Williams said in a statement.
The grand jury investigation that lead to the arrests was conducted by the District Attorney's gun violence task force.
Williams said the 15 men were in custody Thursday and are scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing.
“I am committed to protecting and saving lives, especially young black men, and the citizens of Philadelphia should not be afraid to let their children play outside because of gun violence," he added.