Brooks described four major gangs that operate across the city: The BD's, or Black Disciples, a large African American gang that operates across the country but is based in Chicago, the GDs; or Gangster Disciples, which formed in the city's South Side in the late 1960s; the Black Pistons, a motorcycle gang; and the Vice Lords, or the Almighty Vice Lord Nation, the city's second-largest gang.
"From those they have splinter groups, and that's where a lot of the violence happens," Brooks said. "It's part of the Chicago fabric, unfortunately. For decades."
New Beginnings Church, he said, has launched several programs to keep kids, who join gangs as early as age 10, off the streets. On top of outreach, the church also runs a mentoring program called Conversations with Daughters and Sons, and has held gun turn-ins in the neighborhood.
"We're reaching out and investing in lives of others in Woodlawn Inglewood area to eradicate gun violence," he said.