Los Angeles MS-13 gang members were charged Tuesday in connection with the murders of seven people, including one in which victims had his heart cut out of his chest.

The indictment by the US attorney’s office in Los Angeles charges a total of 22 individuals linked to the Fulton clique, a subset of the MS-13 street gang, including racketeering and murder. They are allegedly committed nearly 200 crimes acts in several states over nine years, the indictment said.

Assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, Paul Delacourt, says that “Taking violent offenders off the street should send a message to MS-13 members and their associates that medieval-style violence and senseless murder will not be tolerated in Los Angeles.”

Prosecutors say photos show MS-13 gang members flashing gang signs and displaying guns and showing off an MS-!3 tattoo. (Los Angeles U.S. Attorney’s Office )

The indictment alleges that on 6 March 2017, several MS-13 members drove a member of a rival gang, only identified as “J.S.,” who they suspected he’d crossed out MS-13 graffiti at the Angeles National Forest. At the forest, six MS-13 gang members attacked him with a machete, killing him and threw the body parts into a canyon, after one cut the heart out of the body, the indictment says.

The other six MS-13 victims were rival gang members. Four of the killings took place in Angeles National Forest. All the killings were committed with machetes, bats, and knives, according to the indictment.

Three individuals named in the indictment were arrested in recent days in the Los Angeles area, and a fourth was arrested over the weekend in Oakland, according to the Patch news outlet.

The other 18 defendants have been arrested over the past year on a range of federal and state charges.

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