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Delray Beach police try to attack a growing problem of two feuding families

Posted at 4:00 PM, Aug 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-27 10:28:50-04

"We can hear the shots," said Delray Beach police captain John Crane-Baker. 

A longtime feud between two families and their associates is happening just blocks from the police department. They're putting extra resources on these streets to combat the violence, adding extra patrols plus a dedicated group trying to make an impact. 

Police are especially focused, as they said an upcoming anniversary of a homicide linked to the feud could bring the possibility of more violence. 

The two families and their associates make up a group of about 50 people linked to more than 50 shootings since 2010, according to police. 

Just last month, investigators said a child was an innocent bystander struck by a bullet during a drive-by related to this feud. 

"It's really crimes of opportunity," said Crane-Baker. "At any given moment, they are driving around waiting to see somebody and it doesn't matter if it's day or night, they will take a shot a them, they just don't care."

Delray Beach police want to remind people they can give information and tips anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers.