Recently, Caldwell was the site of a horrific stabbing that officials later learned was a gang-related conflict between members of the Norteños and Sureños gangs at Extra Mile Chevron gas station on Freeport Street.

It's a terrifying thought to conceive as this type of crime is relatively uncommon in the Treasure Valley. As someone who admires this community for how safe it's known to be for raising a family, it's scary to think that this type of violence is happening in our backyard.

But, who are the gangs that were involved in this incident? Let's take a look at each side and their backgrounds.

Everything You Need To Know About The Norteños Gang

Let's look at the Norteños gang which operates in Idaho, California, and Utah.

Gallery Credit: Chris Cardenas

Interestingly (and sad) enough, the rivalry between the two gangs is based simply on which side you picked. The two sides aren't that much different from one another and actually share some things in common...

Everything You Need To Know About The Sureños Gang

Now, let's look at the Sureños gang which also operates in Idaho, California, and Utah.

Gallery Credit: Chris Cardenas

If you're able to view the video, you can see that the gangs will stop at nothing to get rid of their rivals by any means necessary. Even more disturbing is in which the way the gangs "initiate" members to join their respective causes.

How the Norteño and Sureño gangs initiate their members...

According to one analysis, the Norteño gang initiation process is typically 3 steps and are as follows:

  1. Get "jumped in" or "sexed in" -- male members are jumped by current members and take a beating to get in. Female members have sex with a member to complete initiation.
  2. Complete a "task" -- typically a robbery.
  3. Drive-by shooting.

That same analysis broke down the Sureños initiation and it's not much better:

  1. Get "jumped in" or "sexed in."
  2. Commit one of the following: shoot a civilian, kill an enemy/rival, sell drugs to a child, commit a robbery, or commit a kidnapping.

Always be aware of your surroundings and if you ever suspect gang-related activity in your neighborhood, notify the proper officials.

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