DA: 9 alleged Loot Gang members indicted

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Prosecutors named nine suspected gang members from East New York, Brownsville and Queens in a 69-count indictment Tuesday in connection with a number of shootings from 2015 and 2016.

The so-called Loot Gang allegedly terrorized neighborhoods with the shootings and at least one slaying, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office.

On July 4, 2016, the gang allegedly injured seven people in a shooting in Ocean Hill. In a separate incident, the DA's office says the gang gunned down 22-year-old Terrell Henry, a college student with no gang affiliation.

"We allege that Quincy Vitel executed Terrell Henry for the simple offense of being in rival gang territory, in this case TBO territory, while wearing red shorts," says Eric Gonzalez, the acting district attorney.

Investigators say the Loot Gang maintains rivalries with the Bushwick-based TBO, or True Bosses Only, the 900 Gang in Bed-Stuy and various sets of Bloods and Crips.

The suspects range in age from 15 to 25 years old, according to Assistant Chief James Essig, of the NYPD's Gun Violence Suppression Division.

Because witnesses are often reluctant to come forward in instances of gang violence, prosecutors say they used social media and internet posts to help gather evidence.

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