Officials: Kids As Young As 9 Years Old Targeted By Natural Born Killers Gang

NORTH BELLPORT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island gang has been recruiting children as young as 9 years old, according to officials.

As WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola reported, the street gang calls itself the Natural Born Killers, and Suffolk County officials said it is targeting young children.

READ MORE: Amazon Web Services Reports Major Outage; Netflix, Venmo, Instacart Among Many Affected Sites

A Newsday report said the gang is operating in North Bellport, grooming kids for gang activity in the future.

Children in the area have reported being beaten by teenage gang members.

READ MORE: Strong Winds Topple Jersey City Home Under Construction; 'Devastated' Neighbors Left Homeless: 'It's A Disaster Right Now'

The gangs target the young children with the knowledge that the criminal justice system will treat them with more leniency, according to the newspaper.

Suffolk County police have launched an investigation, and the department has rejoined a federal anti-gang task force.

Check Out These Other Stories From

MORE NEWS: NYC Business Owners Worry Vaccine Mandate Will Keep Tourists With Young Children Away: 'Just Hugely Problematic'

[display-posts category=”news” wrapper=”ul” posts_per_page=”4″]