SANTA ANA ( — An Orange County Superior Court judge Friday issued a preliminary injunction against a Santa Ana criminal street gang.

The order, which creates a safety zone, prohibits alleged members of the gang from standing, sitting, walking, driving, gathering, or appearing anywhere in public with other alleged street gang members, according to KNX 1070’s Mike Landa.

Santa Ana police said in a department statement that there are currently 12 permanent gang injunctions in Orange County; specifically, in the cities of Anaheim, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Orange, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, and Stanton.

Orange County D.A. Chief of Staff Susan Schroeder says the order was in response to decades of violence.

“Law enforcement went in and filed this lawsuit because the people who have to live in that community asked us to help them, and be free of this terrorism by gangs,” Schroeder said.

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas in a statement, “The families and residents in this neighborhood have been terrorized and victimized by this gang’s propensity for violence. Children have been caught in the crossfire of this gang and their rivals, including an innocent 15-year-old girl who was shot while holding her baby brother as her mother installed a car seat.”

He added, “This community deserves to live free from fear, and we will to use every available legal tool to help them live in peace and free from intimidation and harm.”

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