Has Wheatley Courts turned corner on gang violence? Residents see a difference

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by Dillon Collier / KENS 5

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Posted on November 16, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Three months after the Bexar County District Attorney's office served an injunction against the Wheatley Courts gang and more than a dozen of its members, residents say they have noticed a decrease in gunfire.

"The majority of people in places like this aren't in gangs and don't do drugs. They're just trying to get by," Wheatley Courts resident Hannah Rush said.

Rush said drug deals and fights are still common, but she doesn't see as many people with guns.

Bexar County Assistant District Attorney Adriana Biggs said the main purpose of the injunction was  simply to keep the gang members from being around each other.

"The injunction is not a cure-all. The neighborhood, neighbors and police have a responsibility to be vigilant," Biggs said.

Five violations of the injunction have occurred so far.

Gang members who associate with each other inside the zone are charged with a Class B misdemeanor.

"If we arrest them for a Class B (misdemeanor), it's certainly better than arresting them after a shooting," Biggs said.

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