In 2004, Omaha, Nebraska, was home to at least 28 criminal gangs, including the Suranos, MS13, the South Omaha Bloods and the north Omaha Crips. Together, these 28 gangs accounted for more than 2,500 gang members.
Gangs were far less prevalent in Omaha, prior to the 1980s, according to Chevist Johnson, a former member of the Jaynes Street Bloods.
Since that time, homicides among young people in the city (with an average age of 28) have risen dramatically, particularly among deprived neighborhoods and minorities. Omaha homicides account for around 50 percent of Nebraska's state total. 90 percent of these homicides are committed with guns.