Boys Involved In Fruita Gun Incident Emulated Gang

New details have emerged in the Fruita Middle School gun incident that took place last November. Authorities say the six boys involved in the incident formed their own group called "the 9's." Officials say although the meaning of the name is not completely clear one student wrote in his diary that the 9's stood for nine millimeter gun.

Investigators also recovered an agreement with eight boys named on it. However, only three of the boys listed signed their names to the agreement. The saying “live by the gun, die by the gun" was also found written in one of the student's diaries.

According to Jon Levin, Mesa County Deputy District Attorney, the 9's had a hit-list, stole three guns and tagged a train and bridge with the saying "watch out for the 9's."

Pete Hautzinger, Mesa County District Attorney, says although the group emulated a gang they did not qualify as a gang under standard police guidelines. Authorities say there is no indication the group, called the nine's, is still active since all six of the boys involved in the Fruita Middle School incident plead guilty and have been sentenced.

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