12 arrests made in Gainesville stabbing

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GAINESVILLE, Tex. -- Twelve people were arrested Wednesday morning in Gainesville in connection with a gang-related stabbing last week.

Seven adults, along with five juveniles, were taken into custody and all charged with engaging in organized criminal activity-aggravated assault.

Gainesville Police along with the Gainesville ISD Police and the Cooke County Sheriff's Office conducted the round up effort Wednesday morning.

Officials say most of those taken into custody were at school and were arrested after they were taken out of class.

Last week a 16-year-old boy was stabbed multiple times during a gang fight.

Officials hope the arrests made will deter other groups from participating in gang-related activity.

"I think this is going to send a strong message that we're not going to tolerate any gang violence in our city or violence at all, so we're going to take steps to stop it the best we can," interim Gainesville Police Chief Steven Fleming said.

Officials say they are still looking for one more suspect involved in last week’s fight.

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GAINESVILLE, Tex. -- A 16-year-old boy is recovering Thursday after being stabbed several times Wednesday afternoon in what Gainesville Police are calling a gang fight. The fight broke out around 2:00 pm.

Gainesville Police say between 15 to 20 people were involved in the fight between two rival gangs. When officers arrived at the 300 block of Howeth Street, they say they found the 16-year-old boy stabbed multiple times in the back.

He was taken to North Texas Medical Cente, then transported by Careflight to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth in serious condition.

He remains in serious condition Thursday.

Police say about four other people were also injured.

No arrests have been made, but investigators say they are talking to several people involved.

Interim Police Chief Steve Fleming says he has increased patrols in the area.

"We've actually created an additional shift that their sole responsibility is we've got so many gang members idetified through the PD, we know who they are, have their information we have a unit out there doing nothing but looking for them on a daily basis," Fleming said.

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