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Three Taft students shot (Woodland Hills, CA): Three Taft High School students, ages 15, 16, and 17, were seriously injured in a drive-by shooting after school as they waited at a bus stop. Police say the gunman missed his intended target. "We have reason to believe this is gang-related, based on the words exchanged," the police chief said. Witnesses said they heard someone in the car shout, "Where you from?" and someone yelled back, "O.V.G. Gangster" and then ran. Most of the students said they thought it was all a joke until shots were fired directly into the crowd. Two of the victims were in stable condition and one was in critical condition. Police have no suspects.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: September 10, 2003
Two arrested in Richmond tied to injury (Richmond, CA): Two men arrested during a traffic stop were linked to a shooting in June that sent a 20-year-old to the hospital. Both suspects are members of a San Rafael street gang, but police do not know if the affiliation had anything to do with the shooting. Police are still searching for a man and a woman in connection to the shooting.
Source: Contra Costa Times Date: September 10, 2003
Carlsbad mall homicide (Carlsbad, CA): A teenager the prosecutor contends is a gang member pleaded innocent to a murder charge for allegedly killing a man in the parking lot of a Carlsbad shopping mall on April 17. The teen is charged with murder, an allegation of gun use, and a gang enhancement for the shooting death of a 21-year-old male. The prosecutor claims the teen has affiliation with the Crips gang. If convicted, he faces 40 years to life in prison.
Source: City News Service Date: September 10, 2003
Shooting victim turns into suspect (Bradenton, FL): A 17-year-old male who was wounded in a drive-by shooting two months ago was recently charged with attempted murder. The self-proclaimed East Side Crips gang member is a suspect in two separate shooting incidents, according to authorities. Two drive-by shootings, which police believe are linked to a rivalry between the East Side Crips and SUR 13, wounded three men, ages 18, 19, and 20. All three victims were treated and released from hospitals. Detectives also have evidence that two other teens were with the suspect during the drive-by shootings.
Source: Bradenton Herald Date: September 10, 2003
A bewildering night of violence leaves guard hurt at mall (West Valley City, UT): An apparent gang fight left a mall security guard injured, police said. The incident began as two officers were dealing with an intoxicated man on the east side of the Valley Fair Mall, said an officer. The officers saw a fight break out just outside the mall entrance and pursued those involved. Police believe the altercation began inside the mall, where a man claimed he was approached by another man who identified himself as a gang member and flashed a gun. The alleged gang member was among six or seven people detained by police.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: September 10, 2003
Two men wounded in shooting (King City, CA): Two south Monterey County men, ages 27 and 20, were wounded in a shooting that may have been gang-related, police said. The two were sitting in a open area at San Antonio Garden Apartments when a gunman approached the two men and fired several shots at them. According to police, the two victims are gang members, but were not engaged in any criminal activity during the shooting. Both men remained in critical condition after being treated for their wounds. No arrests have been made, but police are saying that they have a pretty good motive nailed down.
Source: The Salinas Californian Date: September 9, 2003
Group offering cash for information about shootings (Beaver, PA): Authorities are offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of a 19-year-old man who shot and hospitalized two men, ages 21 and 24. The shooting took place during Labor Day Weekend after a fight occurred between the men. Police said the suspect is a self-proclaimed member of the Crips street gang.
Source: Intelligencer Journal Date: September 9, 2003
Lynn man held in slaying of rival gangster (Lynn, MA): A 20-year-old Lynn man was arraigned in Chelsea District Court for allegedly shooting a 23-year-old associate of a rival Asian street gang. The victim died from his wounds. A Suffolk Assistant District Attorney said there was "no indication" the victim was armed with a gun when he was shot.
Source: Boston Herald Date: September 9, 2003
Man injured in shooting (Corpus Christi, TX): Corpus Christi police are investigating a shooting incident that left one man with several pellet gun wounds to the face. No arrests or charges had been issued, but police did say that the incident could be gang related. The suspect or suspects could face aggravated assault charges.
Source: Corpus Christi Caller-Times Date: September 8, 2003
Suspect arrested in slaying at ATM (Fontana, CA): A 15-year-old suspected gang member was arrested in the slaying of a man who was shot to death after withdrawing money from an ATM. Police said the teenager was believed to be a member of a street gang in Fontana.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: September 8, 2003
Paramount homicide (Paramount, CA): Two men, ages 20 and 19, were killed and five others were wounded by gunmen who walked into a backyard birthday party in Oxnard and started shooting. Two or possibly three gunmen stepped through a side gate into the backyard of the house and fired several rounds at the crowd of people. Three bullets pierced the walls of a neighbor's living room and garage. Police said the shooting was unprovoked but gang-related. The five wounded, four men and a woman, were treated for minor to moderate injuries.
Source: City News Service Date: September 8, 2003
Gang wars make Chicago the big-city murder capital (Chicago, IL): Two years ago, a 21-year-old was shot four times in broad daylight by a 16-year-old male alleged gang member. Just recently, a seven-year-old girl was killed in a drive-by shooting as she sat on a porch. With a population of 2.9 million, Chicago recorded 646 murders in 2002 and 666 in 2001. There have been 384 murders from January 1 to August 22 this year. Seventy percent of homicide offenders and 74 percent of victims are black, and 20 percent of offenders and 18.1 percent of victims are Hispanic, according to police data for the first six months of 2003. A mixture of gangs, guns, and drugs has been agreed by many on being the reason for Chicago's high murder rate. More than 60,000 people in Chicago have admitted to being gang members, and more than 60 percent of the homicides are gang-related, according to the gangs unit at the state attorney's office.
Source: Reuters Date: September 8, 2003
One dead, four wounded in Venice shooting (Venice, CA): A 19-year-old man was killed and four others wounded in an apparent gang-related shooting outside a birthday party at the Venice Boys and Girls Club. The shooting occurred after a fight broke out between two gangs. None of the shooting victims were guests at the party, said the Boys and Girls Club's executive director. About 15 young men were denied entry to the gymnasium where the party was being held. After they were turned away, some in the group began harassing people leaving the party while others circled the block. Two men who police believe to be between 18-20 years old drove back in a vehicle and shot the victims.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: September 7, 2003
Driver slain in possible gang shooting (Chicago, IL): A 21-year-old man was fatally shot in a possible gang-related incident, police said. A witness who was riding with the victim said that someone fired shots into the vehicle. The victim was hit but drove for another block before crashing the vehicle. The man was pronounced dead at the medical examiner's office. Police have no information on suspects.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: September 7, 2003
Student stabbed outside school (Chicago, IL): A 17-year-old student was stabbed in the parking lot of Prosser Vocational High School, police said. The boy was stabbed after class got out. Police say the stabbing may have been gang related. The victim was in stable condition. No further details were available.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: September 6, 2003
Slaying plot alleged (Arlington County, VA): After a year-long investigation, a purported gang member has been charged with conspiring to kill a police officer and participation in a criminal street gang, Arlington County police said yesterday. The arrest was the result of a multi-jurisdiction investigation that began last year after detectives received information about gang members threatening to kill several northern Virginia police officers. If convicted, the man could face up to 30 years in prison.
Source: The Washington Post Date: September 6, 2003
Police warn nightclubs of rap song's gang link (Wichita, KS): A gang-related shooting incident at a nightclub outside of Wichita last week was prompted by the same rap song that led to four people being shot outside an east Wichita club last year, police said. The song has been known to cause club patrons to flash gang signs in a confrontational manner.
Source: The Wichita Eagle Date: September 6, 2003
Five charged in gang war murder case (Lawrence, MA): Five members of a notorious Lawrence street gang were arrested by local, county, state, and federal authorities in connection with the 1998 mistaken-identity murder of a 22-year-old man. "The code of silence is gone," declared a state police sergeant. Additional arrests have not been ruled out as the investigation into the Immortal Outlaws' bloody beef with the Latin Gangsta Disciples (LGD) continues. Sources said the Outlaws were not gunning for the 22-year-old man back on July 12, 1998, when they went looking to exact payment from suspected LGD members they believed shot at them the day before. The victim was an innocent bystander who happened to be outside a Lawrence house party on LGD turf when he, another man, and a woman were hit by bullets. The other two victims survived. Authorities were able to secure indictments against the Immortal Outlaws posse because of unprecedented cooperation within their community. "There were people who helped out, who had not helped out before," one source said. "We're hoping this leads to more arrests."
Source: Boston Herald Date: September 6, 2003
Drive-by shooting kills woman (Muscoy, CA): In Muscoy, sheriff's investigators reported a drive-by shooting that left a 22-year-old woman dead and a 24-year-old in critical condition. The two victims were sitting in an SUV when assailants drove past and fired more than a dozen bullets into their vehicle, authorities said. Police have made no arrests.
Source: Press Enterprise Date: September 6, 2003
Shooting wounds teen (Plant City, FL): Police were investigating a shooting at Courier Field that left one teenager wounded and another under arrest, officials said. A 16-year-old boy was shot after words were exchanged with the shooter. The 17-year-old suspect was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and use of a firearm during a felony, police said. Police also said the shooting might be gang related. The victim was taken to a hospital where he was reported to be in fair condition.
Source: The Tampa Tribune Date: September 6, 2003
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