(WMC-TV) - Law enforcement officials from Memphis, Shelby County and the federal government teamed up Monday to announce a new plan to get gangs off the streets.
The new Multi-Agency Gang Unit has been formed to fight gang activity which has spread from Memphis to rural areas in West Tennessee, said Amy Weirich, Shelby County District Attorney General.
The announcement came just days after three gang members were arrested and charged with the shooting that left Karyn Hunt's son, Decarlos Knox, with a gunshot wound to the leg.
"Life is too short and they are either going to lose their lives or else their going to be I'm jail for life," said Hunt, whose son was shot in Northaven's Goodman Park.
Officials say the task force will be able to provide a quick response to gang crime, like the recent shooting of a mother in the Montera Park Apartments. The woman was shot while protecting her daughter from gang members.
"There will be an immediate law enforcement response to any and all gang activity," said Weirich.
There will also be targeted criminal gang prosecution as well as prevention, intervention and education.
The plan is to make sure that children aren't recruited into a life of crime by the gangs, said Bill Oldham, Shelby County Sheriff.