Some of America's most notorious street gangs are turning up in the military. But they aren't just serving their country. Instead, many are taking the opportunity to learn a very deadly trade.
NBC 17 has learned there is a growing concern with gang members enlisting in the military with the hope of learning the art of war.
Detective Hunter Glass is a an Army veteran and Fayetteville gang officer.
"We do know through intelligence that some gang members are actually sent into the military to learn about military tactics," Glass said.
Glass showed NBC 17 footage of a known gang member just back from Iraq firing on two California police officers -- he kills one quickly using tactics perfected on the battlefield.
"Using strictly military tactics he learned in the Marine Corps, he applies suppressive fire power right into the corner," Glass explains. "He didn't learn those tactics as a gang member."
Gangs In The Military
Gang member uses military tactics to kill California police officer
A SWAT team eventually shoots and kills the Marine.