Difference between ‘gang-related' and ‘gang-involved'
The Oklahoma City Police Department's gang unit categorizes gang crimes as either gang-related or gang-involved.
These crimes appear to be gang crimes, but there is no proof a gang member committed the crime.
An example is shots fired at a house where investigators don't find any gang ties in the victim's past.
All drive-by shootings are considered gang-related crimes unless another motive is determined, such as road rage.
When investigators prove, or nearly prove, a gang member was either the victim or the perpetrator, the crime is called gang-involved.
An example is if the victim is a gang member or if witnesses hear a gang's name being called out while shots are being fired.
Oklahoma City police Lt. Stuart May