SAN ANTONIO - Sixteen known “Bloods” gang members have been put on alert by the Bexar County District Attorney.
Attorney Susan Reed filed a gang injunction request this week for a gang-free zone in the Wheatley Courts neighborhood.
A district judge Friday granted Reed's request for a temporary restraining order against the 16 known gang member until the injunction hearing scheduled for later this month.
The 16 identified gang members would be in violation of the injunction for simple hanging out together in the prohibited area.
"I do believe that it will go towards reducing crime not only in that area but across the city as well," said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.
If a judge signs off on the petition, this will be the tenth time a gang injunction has been placed on a San Antonio neighborhood.
McManus said at a community meeting in the Wheatley Courts neighborhood in December, several community leaders asked about creating a gang-free zone.
However, 51-year-old resident Walter Williams said an injunction is not the solution to the gang problem.
"Arresting is not going to get it done," he said. "What people need are jobs."
The hearing for the permanent injunction has been set for August 30.