12 arrests made in Gainesville stabbing

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

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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  • by Rhonda Location: Gainesville on Mar 30, 2009 at 08:46 PM
    I had a drive by shooting on Aug 24th by David Grant. He did leave a text message stating that he was going to do the drive by before he actually did it. We have a case number for the threat and a case number for the actual shooting. David was sentenced for 2 years for a parrol offense and served 4 months. Since he was released my husband has called Mike Morris 4 to 5 times a week. He has not once answered the phone. My husband has left messages and no response. I want to know when drive bys with children in the house stopped being a priorty. It's bad when you realize you have to get your lawyers from Dallas and San Antonio involved to get justice served for a DRIVE BY SHOOTING. WAKE UP COOKE COUNTY! Is having a snitch on your payroll really worth having innoncent children killed or a member of their family. This is comimg from a dead woman if I happen to have been sitting in my own living room or worse I could have been going to my own children's funeral.
  • by unknown..asc Location: gainesville,texas on Nov 3, 2007 at 11:08 PM
    First off i would like to say that this stuff goes on everywhere..Its not the kids fault, it is just what they see and how they were raised.No matter where you go, you are going to have violence and drugs. Gainesville is being targetted because of the location!!! JUST REMEMBER IT IS NOT THE KIDS FAULT.....IT IS HOW THEY WERE RAISED AND HOW THET KNOW HOW TO LIVE LIFE!!!
  • by whitetto Location: gainesville on Oct 19, 2007 at 07:50 AM
    My name is Barbara Whitetto, my little brother was murdered twelve years ago because he refused to join a gang.My brothers name is Zach Whitetto, he was barely fifteen years old. Iam doing a speech on gang violence in my speech class and i would like to use your coverage on this story (pictures, clippings,ect.). Please e-mail me and let me know if this possible. Thank you. My e-mail adress is razak269@hotmail.com. Again I thank you.
  • by sick of this! Location: Gainesville on Oct 2, 2007 at 06:00 AM
    You can't blame the students for not knowing what our parents and educators are supposed to be teaching them. Our school system will never improve as long as our administration continues to deny any problems. Most of the kids in our school district are bright young adults, but have very poor leadership. We cannot expect our kids to make the teachers care. Poor leadership in our schools is the exact reason why 60% of our excellent students transfer to other districts. Building a new school will only cover up the lack of teaching effort for so long. How are our children supposed to motivated to learn when a majority of our teachers are only motivated to show up because of a pay check. WE NEED LEADERSHIP at our schools, and with all of our leaders transferring to other schools, we will continue to see a decline in our district.
  • by Bo on Oct 1, 2007 at 08:16 AM
    Holier than now mom from Gainesville, stop and hear yourself. you are saying that the kids that stabbed the student should not be held accountable. Man, are you sick in the head. I think all those little bast**** need to be hanged. Also there needs to be a law against gangs forming. There needs to be a prison for them out in a deserted island. Turn them a loose on it and let the bast**** kill one another. That is my thinking on it. So you people that is taking up for these gang thugs (SHUT UP!!!!!!!)
  • by chuk norris Location: gainesville on Sep 30, 2007 at 07:48 PM
    that wanda lady is right. Just because stuff goin down in gainesville dosn't mean its everyone. I'm a proud student of GHS. Plus no one ever does stories about drugs in Valley View or Whitesboro. I think that people should start blaming these little towns because stuff like that shouldn't happen in little towns like that. But then again what do I know, according to everyone ganing up on Gainesville and spreading rumors about guns being found at Gainesville High I don't know anything
  • by Bo Location: Oklahoma on Sep 30, 2007 at 05:42 PM
    Mob from Da Ville, SHUT-UP!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Gainesville on Sep 30, 2007 at 03:20 PM
    I think that people in Gainesville aren't as bad as people make us out to be. I am tired of the police being at out school because it didn't happen at out school and I don't feel any safer with police at our school than if they weren't I literally feel like we're in prison with 500 different cops in our school and a ridiculous dress code. The police here in Gainesville harass one of my family members everyday just because he has tatoos and they say he is bad and dangerous when he has never done anything dangerous. They don't have any proof of him being dangerous or anything so everytime he comes into town he gets arrested for any little thing he does. Like they arrested him for not parking 18 inches to the curb and stopin on the white line at traffic lights. Pretty stupid all these cops are supposed to get the real crminals and they get the ones who aren't even doin anything.
  • by Gainesville.student.bby. Location: Gainesville on Sep 30, 2007 at 01:06 PM
    All these people that are sitting there criticizing Us need to stop.Because life is hard but some of us can't move.It wasnt always that bad so if you don't kow what's happening keep it to your self.There are students here who are really good in school.!Not all of us are in gangs.Try living here and maybe you would learn alot more.And that day we DID get out of school early.ANd I am a Junior High student and we get in trouble for every little thing and its hard going through school like that.!
  • by out of here Location: Gainesville on Sep 30, 2007 at 11:38 AM
    The kids in the schools are the only ones who actually have to deal with this stuff. I was one of them.Gainesville,TX is not the best place ever, and we cannot help what are classmates/friends/kids are doing.I am friends with some of them, but i dont even know the exact story. Nobody does. Not the Principals,the police officers,none of us.The only people that can give us 3/4 of the truth are the people that were there.There are tons of rumors going around, and nobody knows who to believe.Yes, I agree that gangs are stupid, but you cannot stop people form doing what they want, is they want to be in a gang, let them so they can see what they are getting themselves into.I hope that you gang members can actually see that this is the real world.You are not going to get away with shooting a th grader or stabbing a 12th.You gang members are just wasting your life span and i dont get it.It really breaks my heart to know my friends were involved.I dont get why yall waste time going to school.
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