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Lancaster man killed, teen wounded in gang shootings (Lancaster and Palmdale, CA): In Palmdale and Lancaster, two unrelated gang shootings left a teen wounded and a man dead. In the Palmdale shooting, a teen was walking with a friend when a car drove up beside them, and someone in the back seat shot at them. The victim's friend recognized the assailants' car as belonging to local street-gang members, deputies said. In the Lancaster shooting, a man was fatally shot outside a house after he and an alleged gang member got into an argument. Officials believe that both men are affiliated with the same gang.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: October 17, 2003
Three arrested in shooting death of teen at March quinceañera (El Cajon, CA): Three gang members were arrested in connection with the March 30 shooting death of an 18-year-old student. The victim was leaving a party with alleged gang members when the three suspects, who are rival gang members and were unsuccessful at crashing the party earlier, got into a confrontation with them. Someone pulled out a gun and shot the 18-year-old. Police said the victim was not a gang member.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: October 17, 2003
Three charged in stray-bullet killing of elderly woman (Shreveport, LA): Three Shreveport men, ages 18, 20, and 22, were charged with the murder of a 75-year-old woman during a drive-by shooting. The victim was shot in her living room from a shootout in front of her home. The incident is a first-degree murder case because a person died during the commission of a drive-by shooting. Officials are seeking the death penalty.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: October 16, 2003
Gang fight follow-up (Salisbury, MD): Police officials have made one arrest in a recent John Street gang fight, and investigators are close to several others. Arrests were delayed due to the fact that police had only nicknames and physical descriptions of the suspects. Three people were injured in the brawl that involved close to 40 teenagers. Two people were shot, and one was beaten with a baseball bat. The person arrested was neither the shooter nor the individual who beat the man with the bat. The initial incident prompted retaliation from a rival neighborhood gang.
Source: Daily Times Date: October 16, 2003
Groups plan to rid city of gangs (Augusta, GA): At a meeting called Gang Awareness and Prevention: A Life or Death Emergency, leaders representing law enforcement, schools, and other parts of the community agreed that Augusta has a gang problem. They discussed methods of counteracting gang activity in schools and throughout the community. Authorities say gangs in the area exist in nontraditional forms and are mostly neighborhood-based cliques or posses. "You won't find them wearing bandanas like in Hollywood," an investigator said.
Source: The Augusta Chronicle Date: October 15, 2003
Figueroa shooting (Los Angeles, CA): Two men, ages 31 and 35, were fatally shot, and a third victim was hospitalized in a gang-related attack in the city's Vermont Knolls area, according to police reports. No other information was available.
Source: City News Service Date: October 15, 2003
Shooting is gang-related (Albuquerque, NM): A series of gunshots in Albuquerque's South Broadway area left an 18-year-old man wounded in what police are calling a gang-related shooting. Police believe the shootings were related and that the perpetrators have gang ties. According to reports, groups of young people from about five vehicles fired some of the shots. No arrests have been made.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: October 15, 2003
Stabbing victims are on gang list (DeWitt, NY): Police are investigating whether a fight in which four men were stabbed was gang-related. Three of the victims are on a list of gang members compiled by Onondaga County Sheriff's Department deputies for jailed inmates. It was unclear as to why the three had been in jail. The fourth victim was not on the list of gang members. Police arrested and charged an 18-year-old man with second-degree assault in connection with the fight.
Source: The Post-Standard Date: October 14, 2003
Police probe drive-by shooting (Sacramento, CA): Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that left a 20-year-old man dead. The man was walking with a friend when two men in a car drove by and fired a gun. Authorities say the shooting may have been a retaliatory act in gang-related activity.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: October 14, 2003
T-shirts heighten presence of gangs (Richmond County, GA): Three female students at Cross Creek High School were suspended for wearing gang symbols on their T-shirts and flashing them during a bomb-threat evacuation. School officials said the shirts depicted "gang-related material" and were offensive and disruptive to the school. The students denied being gang members, but said they were friends of people in gangs. They were suspended for five days and assigned to five additional days of in-school suspension.
Source: The Augusta Chronicle Date: October 14, 2003
Arrest in death of shop owner (Chicago, IL): A 22-year-old alleged gang member and parolee has been charged in connection with the robbery and slaying of a shopkeeper in his store in Albany Park, police said. The 22-year-old, who has ties with a Chicago street gang, is being charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery. Police have arrested the suspect, but the two alleged accomplices are still at large.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: October 14, 2003
Bystander wounded in drive-by shooting (Baton Rouge, LA): A 19-year-old bystander was wounded in a drive-by shooting, police said. The victim and his friends were standing in a vacant lot when a car pulled up, and words were exchanged with people inside the vehicle. The car returned a short time later, and shots were fired. Police say the 19-year-old was not the intended victim, but that he was caught in the cross fire or hit by a stray round. No information on arrests or suspects was available.
Source: The Advocate Date: October 14, 2003
Gang link seen in drive-by slaying (Garden Grove, CA): A 19-year-old man was fatally shot in what Garden Grove police believe was a gang-related attack. The man was standing in front of a house when someone drove by and shot him several times, police said. No other information was available.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: October 13, 2003
Gang worries prison workers (Suffield, CT): Prison workers at the MacDougall Correctional Institution in Suffield are concerned about the recent rise in activity between two gangs, the Bloods and the Latin Kings. According to staff, Bloods membership has grown, and members have become more active in recent months. In August, a melee involving dozens of inmates broke out between the two gangs in the recreation yard of the prison. A corrections officer was injured. The president of the northern Connecticut prison workers group is concerned that gang members may attempt to take advantage of times when correction officers are working in understaffed conditions. Authorities are unsure if the Bloods in Connecticut's prisons are linked to the Los Angeles-based Bloods or the United Blood Nation. In addition, two members of the gang 20 Love and two members of the Latin Kings were involved in a fight at the Northern Correctional Institution in late July or early August. Most recently, five homemade weapons were discovered by correction officials in the cell of a member of the Latin Kings.
Source: The Hartford Courant Date: October 13, 2003
Attacker with steak knife wounds witness to fight (Rochester, NY): An 18-year-old man was wounded during what was believed to be a street gang fight. The man said that after he witnessed the fight, a member from one of the two street gangs came after him and cut him with a knife. The man was treated and released from the hospital.
Source: The Post-Standard Date: October 13, 2003
Experts say more funds needed to fight gangs (Tulsa and Oklahoma City, OK): Community activists and law enforcement officials are concerned with the lack of funds needed to stop gang violence. Recently, killing sprees in north Tulsa and south Oklahoma City were evidence that gang activity is increasing. Police say that at least a quarter of Oklahoma City's murders are gang-related. Currently, most money targeted for gang prevention in Oklahoma is distributed by the state Office of Juvenile Affairs.
Source: Daily Oklahoman Date: October 13, 2003
Death likely gang tied (Tucson, AZ): A 24-year-old Tucson man was killed in what police believe to be the city's ninth gang-related slaying this year. The victim was found at a convenience store after being shot at least once. This murder is the third in the past 30 days, but police report that gang-related violent crime is down. Police are also investigating the shooting death of a man that occurred days earlier. The victim was not affiliated with a gang, but detectives believe that the incident was gang related.
Source: Tucson Citizen Date: October 13, 2003
Gangs Inc. (Utah): After reaching a four-year low in 2001, gangs in Utah have increased since 2002, and the trend seems to be continuing in 2003. This increase comes after a subdued period from the late '80s to the mid '90s, the Salt Lake Area Gang Project reported. There were 4,044 documented gang members in Utah in 2002, down from 1998 when the number of gang members peaked at 4,446 but up from 2001. According to the latest statistics from the Metro Gang Unit, the average gang member in Utah is 18 to 24 years old, although many gangs are starting to recruit 14- and 15-year-olds. About 45 percent of the documented gang members in the state are Hispanic, 30 percent are Caucasian, 9 percent are Pacific Islander, 6 percent are Asian, and 6 percent are black. Surenos 13 is one of the most violent and most active among Hispanic gangs. The Baby Regulators and the Tongan Crip Gang are among the largest and most violent of the Polynesian gangs. Of Asian gangs, the Tiny Oriental Posse and the Original Laotian Gangster have been the most active, mostly feuding with one another. In 2003, there were 60 documented gangs, and 35 to 40 of them were actively committing violent crimes. With the Utah population growing and the relocation of young men and women from Southern California and Chicago, officials fear they have a hard road ahead.
Source: Deseret News Date: October 12, 2003
Soldier attacked by group of men in Oakland Park (Columbus, GA): A 22-year-old Fort Benning soldier was beaten by an estimated 20 men in what Columbus police describe as a gang-related incident in Oakland Park. The victim and a friend were walking in the area when they were met by the group of men, who were believed to be members of the "Leprechaun Gang." They asked what the man was doing in Oakland Park. After they discovered the man was not whom they thought he was, the group began hitting and kicking him. The beating continued after the man fell to the ground. Police continue to investigate the incident.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Date: October 12, 2003
Iowa offers ideal conditions (Iowa): Although gang members populate larger cities, authorities are concerned with the spread of gangs in smaller communities. Last year in the United States, 27 percent of cities with populations of 2,500 to 50,000 people reported active gang activity, a five-percentage-point increase over 2001. Experts say that Iowa's poverty level, lack of opportunities for youths, and the growing demand for drugs are all ideal conditions for a growing gang problem. Furthermore, immigration has also played a part as a possible cause for the growth in gangs. Many times young people from immigrated families feel like outcasts. Gang life then steps in to fulfill the sense of belonging. West Liberty is a town that has recently seen a sharp increase in Hispanic families. Well-established gangs, such as the Low Riders and Vatos Locos, have given civic leaders difficulties when trying to downplay crimes and gang-related fighting.
Source: The Des Moines Register Date: October 12, 2003
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