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Long Beach Police say they've busted up one of the area's worst gangs

Baby Insane Crips

Long Beach Police Department

Police arrested Johnney Smith (left) and Sabrille Acklin in a sweep of alleged Baby Insane Crip members.

Long Beach Police say the Baby Insane Crips go back to the 1990's and have been active in a series of shootings, robberies, burglaries, and at least one murder in the past few years. On Wednesday, police announced they'd arrested 16 alleged members of the gang.

The investigation started in November 2009, when Frank Castro was shot and killed on the 1600 block of Santa Fe Ave. in Long Beach's Lower Westside. Sgt. Aaron Eaton says detectives initially had little to go on, just a "limited suspect description." Using ballistics, they were able to link the murder to a series of shootings in the area, eventually leading them to their primary suspect in the case, Johnney Smith, who has now been arrested on murder charges. 

Among the arrestees, Sabrille Acklin also stands out as the alleged leader of the group, who police say ordered his minions to shoot, rob, and steal from his Rialto home.


Long Beach experiences its fourth officer involved shooting of the year

(FILES) A cargo ship stands on Long Beac

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Long Beach harbour, California.

An officer with the Long Beach Police Department shot and injured a man last night in what started as a traffic stop. According to LBPD, an officer--whose name is being witheld in accordance with the California Peace Officers Bill of Rights--was driving his patrol car near Atlantic Avenue and E. 51st Street, when he encountered a speeding car. The officer started to pull the car over, when it suddenly stopped and the driver ran out. When the officer shouted at the driver to stop running, the driver allegedly pulled out a handgun. The officer shot the suspect in his lower torso. The 26-year-old suspect/victim is currently in the hospital, in stable condition, facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, ex-felon with a firearm and gang enhancements. 

It's the fourth officer-involved shooting of the year for the Long Beach Police Department.