Nearly every block and large building with the combat zones has its own local street gang which focuses on holding its own turf and protecting that turf from encroachment by nearby rival gangs. These gangs are all territorially based and difficult to quantify since their numbers and goals change constantly. Some commonalities across the board are their involvement in drug selling and sometimes creation, killings for hire, robberies, protection, extortion, and kidnappings. Constantly fighting one another over slights real and imagined as well as legitimate monetary interests, the majority of the shootings in the combat zones are a result of these uneducated, unorganized, and violent groups.
A few street gangs have accrued real power, but most if not all street gangs in the combat zone today are allied in some way with Angus Spivey and his court of “barons” who rule Night City’s combat zones with an iron fist. The lack of organization and the inability to see beyond their immediate situation is what generally holds these gangs back from true power, but it is rumored that many of the barons working under Angus have begun to reorganize and train these street gangs into more deadly combatants.