Gang initiation violence prompts heavy police presence in Times Square

Posted: 6:35 PM, Mar 31, 2013
Updated: 2013-03-31 18:35:27-04

NEW YORK CITY (PIX11)–  The worst incident of gang “wilding” in Times Square happened three years ago on Easter Sunday night.

Two women were shot during a brawl and several police officers were injured.

More than 50 people were arrested in what has become an unofficial gang initiation night among the city’s crews.

Typically it takes place after the New York International auto show at the Javits Center. This Times Square street vendor remembers a chaotic Easter night in 2010.

The NYPD is said to be monitoring twitter and other social media to figure out where new gang member recruits will be gathering.

They’ll also be mingling with the crowds on Broadway on the lookout for lots of blue and red clothing.

The traditional colors for the crips and bloods street gangs. Tourists and New Yorkers alike were unaware.