Majority of gang members under 25

, Posted: Thu, May 22 2014 at 6:15 PM, Updated: Thu, May 22 2014 at 11:58 PM

Medford, Ore. -- According to a recent report on gang activity in Southern Oregon, victims of gang-related violence are often members of rival gangs. Some of them are as young as 13 years old.

Three young men who were arrested earlier this week, accused of a gang related drive by shooting in White City, appeared in court Thursday.

But police  police say the person who pulled the trigger is underage, he did not appear in court. 

The results of a Jackson County wide gang survey state 16 gangs active gangs were named with 346 members.

The data released last month shows 95 percent of gang members are between 13 and 25 years old.

Dr. Douglas Col says it doesn't surprise him that many gang members are so young and says peer pressure plays a big role.

"By the time you are a teenager, you know it's not right to kill somebody but the need to be part of the group can easily overshadow that," Col said.

Both Col and the gang assessment survey suggest say easing the problem takes an entire community.

"A single person in a kids life can change a life, one person can turn it around."

 

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