Police: Shooting was gang-related

NORCROSS - Two warring gangs are responsible for a shooting that hospitalized a 15-year-old boy this week, police said.

Gwinnett police said Tuesday the boy - who has been treated and released from Gwinnett Medical Center - was an associate of the "Brownside Locos" street gang.

He was shot once in the shoulder Monday afternoon outside a residence at 5264 Williams Road in Norcross, near Singleton and Indian Trail-Lilburn roads.

Police did not identify the juvenile victim.

The alleged shooters represented the "18th Street" gang, said Officer David Schiralli, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

"This incident was gang-related, and the victim was the intended target," Schiralli said.

The Hispanic victim was standing outside about 5 p.m. when a tan Honda Accord carrying four or five Hispanic men approached, and the occupants began shooting, Schiralli said.

The car fled the scene following the attack, he said.

Federal authorities claimed last year the Brownside Locos - a violent band that had a stronghold in metro Atlanta for years - was dismantled.

Early in 2007, 12 Brownside Locos members were sentenced to federal prison for crimes that included murders in Gwinnett. The longest sentence dealt then was 33 years and four months.

Anyone with information about the recent shooting can call investigators at 770-513-5300.

The investigation is ongoing.