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'War on Native Mob:' Duluth buildings tagged with Gangster Disciple signs

The Gangster Disciples are a rival gang to Native Mob.
The Gangster Disciples are a rival gang to Native Mob.
Photo: Courtesy Rev. John Wurst.

In what reads like a declaration of war against the Native Mob, several Duluth buildings -- including a church shed -- were tagged with gang signs this weekend, most prominently the symbol of the Gangster Disciples.

Among the tags: "War on Native Mob," "Shoot 2 Kill," and "Gangster Diciple [sic] Here to Stay."

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Aside from a shed belonging to The Lutheran Church of Christ the King, a vacant gas station was heavily tagged. The good news, say Rev. John Wurst, pastor for the church, is most of the graffiti isn't visible to passersby.

"Fortunately, it's on a side that most drivers and pedestrians would miss," he says.

Wurst also doesn't believe his church was targeted, and says he harbors no ill will toward the vandals.

"Whoever it was, no ill feelings," he says. "None whatsoever."

As of this afternoon, no arrests have been made, says Officer Jim Hansen, spokesman for the Duluth Police Department. Hansen says gang turf wars haven't been a problem in Duluth -- "none of that going on up here" -- adding he's not certain that gang members are behind the tags.

"For me to say that would be a stretch until after we actually catch the people involved," says Hansen.

Here are some photos of the vandalism, provided by Wurst:

'War on Native Mob:' Duluth buildings tagged with Gangster Disciple signs

The church shed, tagged with the Gangster Disciples symbol:

'War on Native Mob:' Duluth buildings tagged with Gangster Disciple signs

The gas station, near the intersection of West 42nd and Grand avenues:

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'War on Native Mob:' Duluth buildings tagged with Gangster Disciple signs

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