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Indianapolis woman, teenage son arrested for gang activity

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Indianapolis - Metro Police made two gang arrests related to the shootings downtown during the Black Expo Summer Celebration. One of the suspects is a woman who works at the Marion County Jail. The other is her teenaged son. Police found gang paraphernalia in the suspects' home.

The gunfire that wounded nine people during Black Expo weekend was gang-related, according to Metro Police. Shamus Patton, 17, faces charges in the downtown shootings.

Tuesday, police arrested 34-year-old Michelle Hurns, an employee of CCA, the private company that runs the Marion County Jail 2 and her 16-year-old son on charges that include criminal gang activity.

IMPD's gang unit discovered gang paraphernalia, cell phones, a computer and bullets at her home on the southeast side. Among the items seized from the home was a Grimmie Boyz T-shirt.

"She was either a member of that gang or supported her son in that gang," said Sgt. Linda Jackson, IMPD.

The Grimmie Boyz is a criminal gang active in Indianapolis that police believe was the apparent target by Shamus Patton, an alleged member of a rival gang called the Ratchet Boys.

Police believe Hurns' son was a witness to the downtown shooting. Authorities say the teen and his mother fought with police during Tuesday's arrest.

"She was verbally abusive and resisted arrest," said Jackson.

Hurns is an employee of CCA the private company that runs the Marion County Jail 2. She is now in jail herself, facing multiple charges including criminal gang activity, resisting law enforcement and obstruction of justice. Her 16-year-old son faces similar charges in juvenile court.

Shamus Patton, 17, faces numerous charges in connection with the shootings. He was arrested last week.

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