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.
Hundreds of New York City police officers, many heavily armed, swarmed the Manhattanville and Grant Houses in the early morning hours.
The coordinated action began at approximately 6 a.m. when teams of cops from gang divisions across the city donned helmets and carried battering rams as they simultaneously stormed several apartments.
Those arrested included some of the most dangerous gang members accused of terrorizing residents of the housing complexes, according to police.
More than 400 NYPD cops flooded the neighboring Manhattanville and Grant Houses, near Amsterdam Avenue and West 125th Street around 5:30 a.m.
There were 103 arrests in the sweep, of those, 41 were already in jail on other charges, police sources said.
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton was at the 33rd Precinct station house and addressed officers before the early-morning raid, sources said.
‘This is one of the biggest takedowns in NYPD history,’ a police source told the New York Post.
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.