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More than 100 arrested in Harlem in largest-ever NYC gang bust

(Reuters) - More than 100 members of three feuding gangs were arrested in Harlem for killings and gun violence on Wednesday in what was described as the largest indictment of gang members in New York City's history, authorities said.

The arrests and indictments were part of a conspiracy investigation that stemmed from the 2011 murder of Tayshana Murphy, an 18-year-old high-school basketball star, a person familiar with the investigation said. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the sweep have not yet been officially released.

Although two young men have already been convicted for Murphy's murder, investigators broadened their inquiry into a pattern of violence they said were plaguing the neighborhood in upper Manhattan.

The gangs are accused of two homicides, 19 non-fatal shootings and about 50 other shooting incidents, according to a brief announcement from the Manhattan district attorney.

Further details were expected to be announced at a news conference on Wednesday afternoon.

Prosecutors have said the murder of Murphy, a nationally ranked point guard nicknamed "Chicken," was the most widely reported casualty of an often violent feud between gangs from neighboring public apartment buildings in Harlem.

Murphy was shot three times, in her wrist, hip and chest, at about 4 a.m. in a hallway of her Grant Houses apartment building on Sept. 11, 2011. Her murder came after a long evening of fighting between the gangs, prosecutors said at the time.

Tyshawn Brockington, 24, and Robert Cartagena, 23, who were associated with a gang in the Manhattanville Houses project, were convicted for Murphy's murder and sentenced to between 25 years and life in prison.

(Additional reporting by Laila Kearney; Writing by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Bill Trott)

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coupe124 June 04 2014 at 1:20 PM

Yeah, having the toughest gun control laws in the country really do reduce shootings, huh?

Gun control only keeps guns out of the hands of honest people. And this article is proof of that.

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sw022551 June 04 2014 at 12:58 PM

where is bloomberg, jackson and sharpton
gang control not gun control

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Arizona American June 04 2014 at 12:50 PM

Man those gun control laws are working great!

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Master June 04 2014 at 12:56 PM

Holder will pardon them

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alpainter28 June 04 2014 at 12:53 PM

How many of them will be released to commit more crimes? The only plea bargaining should be life in prison or the death penalty. And remember, these people voted.

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droot53 June 04 2014 at 12:50 PM

when two gangs or more go at it-leave it alone--let themkill each other---less to clean up afterwards

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alpainter28 June 04 2014 at 1:00 PM

Build more prisons and make gang membership a felony. Members can all live together there. Unless, of course some liberal bleeding heart wants to take them home to "rehabilitate" them

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alpainter28 June 04 2014 at 1:13 PM

What a dumb society. We permit these criminals to roam our streets throughout the country. Good job, NYPD

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rjd1doc June 04 2014 at 1:02 PM

Man, dis be crazy. Here's day go harassing the coloreds again. Wise day not pinching the not coloreds. Dang man.

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shirley June 04 2014 at 12:50 PM

Good work New York..There should be a Special task force to only police the gangs,.

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