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Teen Trying to Leave Gang Is Shot 15 Times, Survives

Atlanta gang's motto: You stay in until you die
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2013 2:41 PM CST

(Newser) – An Atlanta teen who wanted to leave a gang was shot 15 times—and survived. The 19-year-old "told the other members of the gang, 'Hey, look, I want to go straight, be law-abiding,' and they weren't happy with it," says a US marshal, adding, "Never since I've been in law enforcement have I seen someone shot 15 times and live." The teen was left for dead, but was helped by people who saw him crawling and heard his moans; they're now in protective custody, Fox Atlanta reports.

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A relative says he is recovering after surgery. Authorities have arrested a 16- and 19-year-old in the shooting. They're apparently confirmed members of the Young Mob gang, which has this foreboding motto: You stay in until you die. (Read more gang violence stories.)

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