Most of us have heard of big city gangs like the Crips, the Bloods, and the Latin Kings.

Years ago, Lexington Police told us gangs didn't exist here in the Bluegrass, but that's no longer the case.

Right now, police say about a dozen gangs involved in criminal activity operate in Lexington.

Police have even formed a special unit to deal with them.

27 NEWSFIRST investigates gangs on our streets.

Gang graffiti is one of the most visible signs they're here, and it's not just one gang. Every color represents a different gang. Every number and symbol have meaning.

Chief Anthany Beatty says when Lexington Police began seeing gang graffiti, they didn't waste any time. Police wanted to head off the violence gangs are causing in cities not far from Lexington.

Chief Beatty says gangs have not taken over Lexington, but he says gangs are here. In addition to car break-ins, assaults, robberies, and vandalism, there has been at least one gang shooting. A fifteen- year old Lexington boy was shot on the street this summer.

Police believe it was a "get even deal" by a rival gang, but they can't prove it because the victim and eyewitnesses won't talk. The boy survived a gunshot wound to the chest.

Then last week, police arrested a Lexington high school student for shooting from a car at a group of people. No one was hit. The police report says the 18-year old is a self-proclaimed Latin King gang member who was shooting at a rival gang.

In the end, police say gang crime affects every person in the city.

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  • by Tammy Location: Garrard on Jan 19, 2011 at 06:55 AM
    I think gang vilonce is so bad and the people in our gangs need to be taken of our street and but in a rehab to get help and taken care off
  • by A student in KY Location: KY on Feb 25, 2010 at 12:10 AM
    A report on Lexington, KY gangs.. Check this out!!!
  • by Lance Location: Versailles on Jan 26, 2010 at 02:24 AM
    That's pretty ignorant to think that bull about gangs being a brotherhood. Maybe of brotherhood of terror, lost souls, and the like. I'll just pray for all of you...their's always a way out.
  • by angel Location: chicago on Jan 25, 2010 at 12:34 PM
    lexington is full of nasty showers and please stop having sex with your
  • by Steph Location: Somewhere on Jan 14, 2009 at 02:57 PM
    People that are not in gangs don't know what it is about. It is nothing but respect your brothers and sisters. Yes there are those that want trouble, but there are those people that only fight when attacked. This is found in all gangs and all colors.
  • by Bill Location: Memphis on Sep 18, 2008 at 10:43 AM
    Gangs are family even tho some aren't loyal there is someone in that gang that wont let anything happen 2 u itz a brotherhood
  • by El Duvalin :) Location: Lexington on May 16, 2008 at 09:51 AM
    How about we all just live in peace. Everybody love each other. Stop all of this racism. All you people saying that every Mexican is illegal and is in a gang, you are wrong! Theres WHITES, BLACKS, AND MEXICANS IN GANGS! Think about what you say before you say it. Please.
  • by B Queen Location: london on Jan 29, 2008 at 10:09 PM
    No-one really understands these gangs, and know what there about, there something that the one's who are in them, it's not a clique, or anyything. It's a way to live. It's something to love. It's something you don't know about. You don't know them, what there about, who they are, and what there game is.
  • by Woodhill Location: Lexington,KY on Jan 17, 2008 at 05:28 PM
    How stupid are some people, more worried about someone running redlights than ILLEGAL aliens in Lexington. If they would go to Mexico and see how they drive there, with no regard for any traffic laws, they would realize that ILLEGAL aliens driving around town with no licenses and not understanding enough english to even read and understand a traffic sign, are the cause of most of the traffic issues they are complaining about. These little high school kids are no more than gangster wannabees. There are no "REAL" Latin Kings or any other "REAL" gangs in Lexington, only pretenders, who scare nobody but each other. They think because they sneak around their own little run down neighborhood at night spray painting a "REAL" gangs name or symbol on apartment dumpsters, they are part of that gang. They are not only ILLEGALS, they are stupid with no imaginations. How about making up new names for your little boy clubs. How about starting with "LATIN KINGS OF COMEDY". You sure are funny! Ha Ha.
  • by sleepy locz Location: north side on Dec 21, 2007 at 11:52 AM
    The homeboy who got shot was a straight up northsider.the scraps who shot him are notin but enimies. if they are still living they wont be living for long. HA HA
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