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Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
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NEWORLEANS-- Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other officials announced a sprawling racketeering indictment on Thursday.

The multi-agency investigation links a New Orleans gang to several murders, including the shooting death of a Central City toddler.

'Good. I'm glad they caught them. She can rest now,' said Patricia Allen about her niece Briana.

The 5-year-old was killed by gunfire while playing at her cousin's birthday party on Simon Bolivar last spring.

'It did affect everybody. It affected my sister because that was her grand baby,' said Allen.

Now a multi-agency gang unit created in November has tracked down four of the alleged suspects that killed Briana and 33-year-old Shawanna Pierce. The afternoon shooting also injured three other people.

The indictment says the men are part of the '110-ers' gang. Now a total of 15 members are linked to murders and other crimes. Court documents say their turf in the 10th and 11th wards includes the River Garden apartment complex and the Irish Channel's Clay Park.

The indictment says that the group of Uptown gang members are responsible for 15 murders, including one that happened in the 2700 block of Chippewa Street back in February 2010.

'June 29, 2010 there was a guy gunned down in broad daylight. There have been quite a number around here,' said Dr. Andre Strumer.

The Irish Channel resident said his street has been violence-free since 2010 thanks to community involvement and beefed-up police presence. Strumer said this latest gang crackdown is another step in the right direction.

'It's been wonderful to see the police taking back the neighborhood from the criminals. It's been a long, hard road,' added Strumer.

As for the Allen family, Briana's aunt knows she can't bring her little niece back, but finally justice can be served and her family can try to heal.

'I hope so. I hope so because my little nephew took the effect after his baby got killed. Police say it's his fault that his baby got killed. It's not. It's the boys in St. Thomas that did this to him,' said Allen.

Authorities say two suspects are still at large: Ja'on Jones and Joshua Pittman. If you have any information on their whereabouts, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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