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Stabbed teenager believed innocent victim of gang beef (Dorchester, MA): A 14-year-old boy was wounded in what police believe may have been a stabbing motivated by tension between two rival groups. According to the victim, he was walking with friends when another teen stepped into his path and asked, "Are you down with the Crown Boys?" He also added that the suspect wanted to kill him because he was thought to be a gang banger.
Source: Boston Herald Date: April 29, 2004
20 gang members charged in drug probe (Chicago, IL): Police arrested 20 gang members on drug conspiracy charges after a four-month investigation at the ABLA housing complex on the west side of Chicago. The investigation was prompted by an increase in violence among competing factions of New Breed gang members. Other factions of New Breed still control dealing at that ABLA building, authorities said. Police have beefed up patrols around the public housing complex, hoping to quell any violence from other gangs jockeying for position after the recent arrests.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: April 29, 2004
Monitoring gang activity (York County, SC): Authorities in York County are keeping an eye on gang activity as it could be an imminent threat. Recently, a 16-year-old student at York Comprehensive High School was arrested after officials found a pistol and two boxes of ammunition in his car. The boy said he was a member of the "Cali Boys" and that the gun was protection against rivals in Rock Hill. Police, sheriff's office officials, and experts in gang activity say established gangs involved in organized crime have yet to penetrate York County, but loose-knit local groups have formed and could evolve into more cohesive and dangerous gangs. Police note that members of major out-of-state gangs have been arrested on criminal charges in the county. Gangs have already established themselves in Charlotte and in various parts of South Carolina. South Carolina is home to gangs that are offshoots of well-known gangs in California and New York. One full-time gang investigator with the Richland County Sheriff's Department estimates that there are about 50 gangs in Columbia alone.
Source: The Herald Date: April 29, 2004
Suspected gang shooting kills one, injures one (Tucson, AZ): A 21-year-old man was killed, and a 24-year-old man was injured in what Tucson police are investigating as a gang-related shooting. It appears the two men were walking down the street when shots were fired from a car. "The gang detectives are conducting the investigation because one of the parties involved has a gang affiliation," a police spokeswoman said. Police do not have suspects, and no motive has been identified.
Source: Tucson Citizen Date: April 28, 2004
Lawmakers target Pomona gang problem (Pomona, CA): With the recent killing of a California Highway Patrol officer, lawmakers in Pomona are looking for ways to tackle the escalating gang violence that may have contributed to his death. A spokeswoman for the Attorney General's office said that since 1994, the agency has had teams that focus on violent crimes. However, about a year ago, the agency trained teams that focus on combating gangs using the state's Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act. The act allows law enforcement to partner with local police agencies to go after entire gangs as a group and use enhancements in prosecuting gang members, she said. During future senate committee hearings to support a $650 million bill, one senator plans to talk about the officer shooting and a number of recent cases involving law enforcement officers being killed by gangs. The Federal Gang Violence Act would set aside money to fight gang violence, create new criminal designations, increase penalties for gang crimes, and make it a federal crime to recruit gang members.
Source: Pasadena Star-News Date: April 28, 2004
Possible gang ties probed after melee in Fitchburg (Fitchburg, MA): Three teenagers, ages 18 and two 17-year-olds, were arrested in a melee involving a billy club, a gun, and knife. Police believe the incident may have been gang-related. The three were arrested and charged with anticipated breach of the peace by assault and battery, a disorderly conduct charge. An officer said the charges were not assault and battery "because they said at the scene that this was not going to end, there's still hostilities."
Source: Telegram and Gazette Date: April 28, 2004
Man pleads guilty to gang recruitment (Burke, VA): A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty to a charge of recruiting minors into a gang in Northern Virginia. The man told police that he was a member of the Hoover Crips and had been initiated into the Crips in St. Louis and had been sent to Northern Virginia last year to expand membership. The maximum penalty for gang recruiting is five years in prison.
Source: The Washington Post Date: April 28, 2004
Two men accused of shooting at undercover cops (Elgin, IL): Police charged two men, ages 19 and 20, with attempted murder for allegedly shooting at undercover police they mistook for rival gang members. According to police, the two suspects were in a car when two officers began to follow them. The officers were investigating two drive-by shootings that had occurred recently. One of the suspects told police "he believed he was being followed by other gang members. Two shots were fired at the officers but missed and hit a parked car.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: April 28, 2004
Prison gang bosses sent to Texas (Guadalupe County, TX): Prison officials have sent 36 gang leaders from various Colorado state prisons to Guadalupe County Jail in Texas after a series of gang-related incidents threatened the safety of some facilities. Since January, there have been five gang battles and a near riot involving 100 inmates at prisons around the state. The 36 men taken to Texas are leaders of some of the more active gangs in the state's prison system. Their gangs actively recruit, rally behind destructive causes, and even go to war against rival gangs in prison, a prison official said.
Source: Rocky Mountain News Date: April 27, 2004
Violence spurs police crackdown on gangs (Fresno, CA): Fresno police are preparing to crack down on gangs after a recent surge of violence in which two men with gang connections were gunned down at an apartment complex. The two men, ages 26 and 30, were not active in a gang but associated with gang members. Family members believe there was an order put out to kill them after they refused to cover for gang members who were arrested on gun charges. The men are two of the 19 people killed in Fresno homicides this year. In 2003, there were 36 homicides. Eight of the 36 were gang-related, an officer said. A captain with the California Highway Patrol estimated there are 6,000 gang members in Fresno and another 6,000 throughout the rest of the county. The city is also seeking a civil injunction to prevent gang members from congregating in a neighborhood, on street corners, or in a car.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: April 27, 2004
Police seek drive-by shooter (Madison, WI): A drive-by shooting at an apartment complex in east Madison wounded an 18-year-old woman. The shooting occurred during a party as a fight broke out between two groups. A car approached a short time later, and someone in the car fired three or four shots at several people standing outside the apartment. Two of the shots hit a window and left a laceration on a woman's face. Police are looking for suspects.
Source: The Capital Times Date: April 27, 2004
Two sought in Oceanside killing of boy (Oceanside, CA): Police are looking for at least two people involved in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy and the wounding of two others. The 16-year-old victim was standing in front of an apartment complex when at least two people fired at him from across the street. A 15-year-old boy was also struck, and a woman inside the apartment complex was wounded, police said. Police are uncertain about the motive for the attack but believe it was gang-related.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: April 27, 2004
Murder charges expected today in fatal stabbing (Cascade County, MT): Two more people, both of Billings, were arrested Monday and charged in the February break-in in which a young Great Falls man was stabbed to death. No one has been charged in 19-year-old Daniel Lee Matt Jr.'s death, but the suspect is in custody, Cascade County Attorney Brant Light confirmed. He said homicide charges are expected to be filed this week, perhaps today.
Source: Great Falls Tribune Date: April 27, 2004
New state law lets police detain illegal residents (Richmond, VA): Legislation passed by the General Assembly and Virginia's governor will allow the Virginia State Police to go after illegal immigrants they suspect of being involved in gang activity or the drug trade. Once the arrests are made, state and local police will be able to hold suspects as long as 72 hours without bond to let federal immigration agents pick them up. The legislation was originally derived from an anti-gang task force focusing on illegal immigrants who become involved in dangerous gangs that have taken root in parts of Virginia.
Source: Daily Press Date: April 25, 2004
Gang battle (Buffalo, NY): A bipartisan Senate bill giving law enforcement new weapons in combating street gangs could be a valuable new tool for Buffalo police. In 2003, at least 40 percent of the 60 murders that occurred in the city were gang-related. The proposed legislation includes a number of facets, including making it easier for prosecutors to seek life imprisonment or the death penalty where appropriate, and providing funds for a witness protection program, crucial to developing evidence against gang members. The measure would also impose a prison sentence of up to 30 years for anyone convicted of two or more gang crimes and up to 10 years for recruiting minors into a gang. This component could help reduce the number of new gang members, even as their numbers are being depleted through other prosecutions. A potential problem with this bill is that federal courts will not be able to accommodate the influx of new cases.
Source: The Buffalo News Date: April 25, 2004
Somerville cops watch gangs after teen's killings (Somerville, MA): Police have put extra patrols and dedicated a gang unit to the streets in Somerville to ward off a rumble between youths caught up in a teen's killing. Police arrested a 17-year-old teen in connection with the death of a 15-year-old boy. The victim's cousin, a reputed MS-13 member, was believed to be involved with the incident. The suspect, who is a friend of members of H-Block, a Haitian unity group, ran the boy down with his car. According to the suspect's friend, his car was repeatedly vandalized by MS-13 members while delivering pizzas on their turf. The suspect claims he was only trying to scare the youths when the incident took place.
Source: Boston Herald Date: April 24, 2004
Three arrested in drive-by shooting (Sioux Falls, ID): Police arrested three people in a drive-by shooting in a north-central Sioux Falls neighborhood. The suspects, ages 20 and two 21-year-olds, were each charged with four counts of aggravated assault, authorities said. According to police, three shots were fired toward a house and a parked car. No one was injured.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: April 24, 2004
Police say gang members stabbed two men with box cutter (Pawtucket, RI): Two men, ages 42 and 44, were stabbed and beaten during a confrontation with four young men in Pawtucket's Pleasant View neighborhood. The suspects, ranging in age from 19 to 21, were arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. One of the suspects was also charged with vandalism. According to the police report, the four men were members of the Bloods street gang.
Source: The Providence Journal Date: April 24, 2004
Inland teen charged with killing officer (Pomona, CA): A 16-year-old boy was charged as an adult in the shooting death of a 35-year-old California Highway Patrol officer outside a Pomona courthouse. The boy was charged with first-degree murder, along with sentencing enhancements for use of a firearm and committing the crime in furtherance of a criminal street gang. The gang enhancement alleges the boy shot the officer "for the benefit of, at the direction of, and in association with a criminal street gang with the specific intent to promote, further and assist in criminal conduct by gang members." The boy could be imprisoned for life without parole if convicted. The officer was in uniform at the courthouse to testify in a series of traffic ticket hearings when he was shot.
Source: Press Enterprise Date: April 24, 2004
Recent gang activity targeting young children (Plant City, FL): Police in Plant City are reporting a resurgence of gang activity, especially among younger children. Recently, a man in his early 20s and a boy about 14 fired upon a 10- and 15-year-old as they were walking in a mobile park home. No one was hit, however, a mobile home was left with three holes. A woman and her daughter were in the mobile home at the time but were not injured. Residents said rivalry between two gangs, the Dover Locos and the Southside gang, has recently sparked gunfire in the neighborhood. The city's gang problem is reportedly a spillover from the Dover area, where gang members are mostly Hispanic. The Dover Locos gang is affiliated with the California gang, Norte14, and the Southside gang is affiliated with the California gang, Sur13.
Source: The Tampa Tribune Date: April 24, 2004
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