|Published:||Apr 18, 2011 11:21 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 18, 2011 8:28 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla - Alleged cop shooter Yousel Lopez Rivera is no stranger to law enforcement.
Prior to his arrest this past weekend, the 20 year-old has been arrested several times for drug related crimes.
Lopez Rivera was arrested Saturday for allegedly shooting Cape Coral Police Officer David Wagoner three times in the chest.
Officer Wagoner is recovering at Lee Memorial Hospital.
Shooting suspect Lopez Rivera is a known gang member.
Police say he belongs to a gang called the Krazy Get Down Boys or KGB.
Cape Coral Police spokesman Lt. Tony Sizemore says the department is aware of the gang.
"We don't live in denial that they're not here. We do know that they're here and we monitor them...and keep databases on them," he said.
To tackle gang related crimes, Cape Coral Police are part of a multi-agency task force that monitors gang activity across Southwest Florida.
KGB is part of a national gang with members in Chicago and other cities across the country.
The gang is said to have originated in Chicago in the 1980s.
Initially it was known as a party crew, but over the years turned into a street gang.
To track the gang, Cape police officers look for the gang's color, symbols, and graffiti.
Many of the members are in their late teens and early 20's.
Police say the young men are looking for power and respect.
The extent of the gang's criminal activity in Cape Coral isn't entirely clear, but one thing is: police are watching.
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