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Photo by Brian Giandelone

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ATLANTA -- A Gwinnett man and five alleged cronies in a violent street gang called "Vatos Locos" were indicted this week in crimes that included a Gwinnett nightclub shooting in 2009.

A federal grand jury indicted the alleged gang members -- including Gwinnett resident Angel "Gasper" Garibo, 25 -- and their leader -- Eduardo Garibo, 28, of Atlanta -- on racketeering and violent crime charges.

Vatos Locos members operated in Fulton, Gwinnett and DeKalb counties under Eduardo Garibo's leadership, warring for the last several years with SUR-13, another Hispanic gang with roots in California, authorities said.

The defendants "are charged with a frightening level of violent crime, including shootings and stabbings that killed three people in public," said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

The alleged murder victims include two suspected rival gang members gunned down while driving Interstate 85 in Fulton County in November 2008. Federal authorities did not identify the victims.

The other slaying happened in August outside the Five Points MARTA station in downtown Atlanta. Vatos Locos members and associates -- ordered to find and assault rivals -- fatally stabbed a SUR-13 member attending an outdoor festival, authorities said.

In Gwinnett, Vatos Locos opened fire at suspected members of SUR-13 outside a crowded nightclub in October 2009.

Other noteworthy incidents include two non-fatal stabbings at Centennial Olympic Park in May 2009 and 2010. Both incidents involved Vatos Locos members feuding with rivals, officials said.

Charges against the six suspects carry a maximum sentence of life in prison with the possibility of the death penalty and a fine of up to $250,000, federal authorities said.