D.C. police arrested eight men from the Benning Terrace neighborhood in southeast this week. Indictments announced Wednesday also include five men who were already in custody.
Several shootings in April and May of 2010 are listed in the indictments, including two murders.
As Police Chief Cathy Lanier says, they're being charged with dozens of violent crimes: "Conspiracy, carrying a pistol without a license, unlawful possession of firearms, assault with intent to kill while armed, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, first-degree murder while armed, second-degree murder while armed, contempt, and offenses committed while on release."
U.S. Attorney Ron Machen says the men are part of the Simple City gang that operates between Fort Dupont Park and H.D. Woodson High School. He says conflicts with rival gangs turned the neighborhood into a theater for "urban warfare."
A press release from the U.S. Department of Justice has more on the specifics of the charges as well as the names of the people arrested. All but one are from the District.