by Leyla Santiago
Friday, April 18, 2008
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Gang signs, including graffiti, tattoos and hand gestures, can be seen all around the state.
Southcentral community leaders are aiming to address the problem before it grows out of hand, and have welcomed a group of national experts to town in order to help tackle gang-related issues here in Anchorage and on the Kenai Peninsula.
Leaders would prefer to see the region's youth engaged in healthy activities as opposed to the disruptive and illegal gang lifestyle.
On July 9, 2006, shots were fired in the midst of some healthy youth activity, though, at the Anchorage Football Stadium.
Police believe it was an inter-gang gun fight.
State, city and federal leaders are still talking about the incident and its consequences two years later, but this time, Outside help has come to bring a new perspective on the problem.