ATF target Latin Counts gang in Detroit, arrest six

- Six people have been arrested in a deadly shooting in Detroit last fall that federal authorities say is connected to a Detroit street gang called the Latin Counts.

Investigators have been working the case for months and, on Thursday, they served four search warrants across southeast Michigan. Federal authorities say all of them were targeting the organized crime unit the Latin Counts street gang. 

ATF agents along with our partners, the Michigan State Police, Detroit Police Department, and Michigan Department of Corrections served several search warrants in and around the metropolitan Detroit area and downriver," ATF agent Terry Schimke said.

It's an ongoing effort to crack down on gang activity and the ongoing violence it brings to neighborhoods. The investigation into the Latin Counts gang started following a shooting at a house in Southwest Detroit on the 2400 block of Liddesdale last fall.

In October 2017, police investigated a triple shooting where a suspected gang member was killed in a shootout. 

Now, seven months later, law enforcement swarmed a home in the 7000 block of Whittaker. They said the home is a known gang location.

Their efforts led to the arrest of two people Thursday, there are already four suspected Latin Counts members in custody.

"If you are involved in gangs and you're committing violent acts, the ATF will be knocking at your door," Schimke said.

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