More than 100 gang members arrested in the biggest crackdown in NYPD history

BY Ariel Min  June 4, 2014 at 1:43 PM EDT
Photo by Flickr user Mira (on the wall)

The Manhattanville and Harlem neighborhoods of New York. Photo by Flickr user Mira (on the wall)

More than 100 members of three gangs were arrested Wednesday in Harlem, New York in the largest-ever gang bust in New York City’s history.

According to WABC, approximately 400 law enforcement officers raided two city-run housing complexes that the gang members were operating out of. Authorities executed nearly 30 search warrants in the operation, according to the New York Police Department.

The bust followed the ongoing investigation of the murder of Tayshana “Chicken” Murphy, an 18-year-old girl who was shot in 2011. She was murdered in a Harlem public housing building after an evening of fighting between gangs in neighboring buildings.

Two gang members have been convicted with Murphy’s murder, and others have been arrested in connection with two other murders and 20 other shootings.