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No easy fix seen as Ontario gangs persist

ONTARIO – Police say Ontario’s gang problem persists. 

Police point to graffiti tags as proof gangs remain and solving the problem isn’t going to be easy.

That’s because one of the best solutions – police officers assigned to focus on gangs – will cost Ontario too much money.

The problem surfaced last year after a spate of shootings rocked Ontario. The first one occurred in early June 2017, when two men opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun on a parked car near the Ontario Train Depot. 

The violence escalated in late fall when a succession of gang-related shootings sent three people to the hospital and shell casings littered city streets.

While the gang warfare seemed to stop, police said there is growing evidence of a new, homegrown criminal syndicate. 

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