Scorpions features conflicts on three levels: internal (human being versus themself), human versus human, and human versus society. Although the last one is present throughout the entire novel, it is not fully developed or resolved because of its wide scope.
As the novel traces the competition for leadership of the Scorpions, a New York City gang, the human versus human theme seems to dominate; teenage boys vie to become the new leader after the former leader, Randy, is incarcerated. This conflict forces the members to choose sides in backing the next leader.
As this conflict escalates into an armed battle, Tito shoots Angel. This criminal act exacerbates the inner conflicts that Jamal, the protagonist, suffers. Randy is his brother, and he supported another boy, Indian, as the next leader. But Tito is his friend, and he worries about the consequences of Tito’s crime.
The internal conflict is partly resolved as Jamal decides to withdraw from the gang; the reader does not learn if he will stay with this decision long term. The person-to-person conflict is resolved by removing Tito from the situation: he leaves New York to live in Puerto Rico, and we learn no more about him.