Gangs Arrive in Small Washington City, and Violence Soon Follows


The Seattle Times assesses the increased violence that came to the small central Washington city of Quincy when gangs moved in. Nearby in Moses Lake last summer, U.S. marshals rounded up 50 suspected gang members — many of them with alleged ties to the Mexican Mafia. The Times said, “Here is small-town Americana, a land of wide-open spaces, church socials and, increasingly, gang warfare.”

Grant County, with a population hovering around 89,000, hardly dominates the national radar as a center for such activity. Yet the area logged nearly 100 robberies and shootings last year, all of them gang-related — including a 10-year-old boy shot in the head when his parents’ trailer was riddled with bullets, and a 13-year-old girl injured in a drive-by while she sat in her living room. A local deputy described rural places like Quincy as “kind of an untapped resource in the gang world.”

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