Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Shooter Suspect Tied to Street Gang

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Shooter Suspect Tied to Street Gang

Article excerpt

The man charged in connection with a weekend shooting that injured two people is one of four teenagers police accused in October 2011 of helping lead the L. A. Zombies street gang. Dalarrius T. Jackson, 19, has been preliminarily charged with felony counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, criminal recklessness and pointing a loaded firearm after one of the victims in Sunday incident identified him as the shooter. The incident occurred near Covert and Vann avenues in a grocery store parking lot just after 1 a.m. Neither victim had life-threatening injuries.

Jackson, arrested Sunday night, reportedly told police he was in the parking lot, but denied firing a gun. He is scheduled to appear in Vanderburgh County Circuit Court at 1 p.m. Thursday. He is being held without bond in the Vanderburgh County Jail.

Even before Jackson's arrest, police said they believed the incident stemmed from a dispute involving the L. A. Zombies, a gang that may have as many as 30 members.

Criminal charges against Jackson for his 2011 arrest ultimately were dropped, but affidavits from 2011 indicate police developed two confidential informants inside the group during a six-month investigation.

Those sources told police the group has access to firearms. They also described gang rituals. They said new members were subject to "beatins" as initiation, and a similar ritual was in place for those who wanted to leave.

Prosecutors filed four felony charges against Jackson in October 2011, including two counts of criminal gang recruitment, criminal gang activity and battery resulting in bodily injury. Prosecutors sought to enhance the battery charge to add extra years to a sentence if he committed a felony while a member of a gang.

A month later, Superior Court Judge Wayne Trockman reduced Jackson's bond from $1,500 to $500 cash and ordered him to live with his mother, not stay out after 9 p. …

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