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Lexington 2 considers policy to deter gangs (Columbia, SC): Schools in Lexington's District Two may soon implement a discipline policy aimed at students who are involved in gangs. Students targeted are ones who use gang-hand signals, draw gang graffiti, or wear jewelry, clothing, or other items that imply gang affiliation. Parents of students who violate the policy would be notified of their children's possible gang involvement. A second violation would result in a student's name and photo being given to the Lexington County Sheriff's Department, which has a list of possible gang members in the area. After a third violation, a student would appear before the district's hearing officer and could be suspended or expelled.
Source: The State Date: September 19, 2003
Gangs, pushers, johns busted in Chelsea raid (Chelsea, MA): In Chelsea, dozens of alleged dope pushers, gang members, and johns were arrested during operation "Clean the Clock," a citywide crackdown on drugs and prostitution. Suspects were arrested on heroin, crack cocaine, and marijuana charges, including some with suspected ties to the violent MS 13 gang. According to police, gang recruitment has been on the rise for MS 13, the 18th Street gang, and the Latin Kings in Chelsea and East Boston.
Source: Boston Herald Date: September 19, 2003
Suspects in traffic slaying arraigned (Hayward, CA): Four men were arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court in connection with a traffic-lane slaying of a 19-year-old man. A 23-year-old man was charged with the actual murder as he allegedly fired the shots that killed the victim. All four men were charged with shooting into an occupied motor vehicle. In addition, the charges for all four defendants include a street terrorism clause, namely that the alleged crimes were committed for the benefit of, or in association with, a gang. The men are members of DGF, a local incarnation of the Norteo street gang. Police do not believe the victim or his passenger, who was shot in the leg, had any gang connections.
Source: Alameda Times-Star Date: September 19, 2003
Asbury Park police get reinforcements to fight gang war (Asbury Park, NJ): According to authorities, a feud between Haitian and African-American youths has been the cause of 30 to 40 shooting incidents in Asbury Park. About 40 gang officers have been assigned to patrol problem areas for 30 days in plain clothes, armed with surveillance equipment and a list of about 40 gang members. The officers have orders to arrest individuals for even minor infractions.
Source: Asbury Park Press Date: September 18, 2003
The return of the street gang (Prince George's County, DC): Authorities in Prince George's County are searching for ways to deal with emerging gangs and surges in organized gang activity. This past June, a 16-year-old boy was beaten and shot by a pair of suspected members of the MS-13 gang. The motive was traced back to a dispute over a girl that had attracted the victim and one of the attackers. This incident and subsequent statements to detectives highlight the growing problem of brutal gangs in Prince George's County. Officials have seen a change in the county's demographics as more and more Latino immigrants have moved into Prince George's communities near the DC border. According to authorities, recruitment into the gang has been noticeably heavy among middle and high school students. Some local factions of the gang include: Sailors Locos Salvatrucha West, Langley Park Salvatrucha, and Tec Las Locos Salvatrucha. While rivals of MS-13, DC-based Vatos Lacos and 18th Street gangs, have also surfaced in the county, authorities are mostly concerned with MS-13. Police in northern Virginia also report that MS-13 has become the most dangerous and fastest-growing gang.
Source: The Washington Post Date: September 18, 2003
Upsurge in gang violence worries police (Washington, DC): DC street gangs were the cause of four deaths this summer. Community leaders and police are seeking ways to stop the shootings. Based heavily in Latino neighborhoods, gangs have been recruiting heavily, marking turf, and feuding. In July, a feud began between the Mara R and the 1-5 Amigos in Columbia Heights, which eventually led to the deaths of one 1-5 Amigo member, a Mara R member, and the wounding of three others. In August, two separate rivalries led to shootings in areas of Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan. One incident between the Street Thug Criminals and Vatos Lacos left two men dead and two others injured. An anti-gang task force was created by DC police to counter the activity in Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, Petworth, and other areas. In addition, all-girl crews have been growing in number and engaging in their own feuds, gang experts say.
Source: The Washington Post Date: September 18, 2003
Guilty plea in gang-related killing (Brooklyn Park, MN): A 19-year-old member of the Oroville Mono Boys gang pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for killing a 23-year-old member of the rival Purple Brothers gang on June 7 in Brooklyn Park. The man was sentenced to 30 1/2 years in prison, which will include 25 1/2 years for the murder and five more years because it was committed for the benefit of a gang. According to the Minnesota Gang Strike Force, Asian gangs are moving into the suburbs. Officials say the Oroville Mono Boys and the Purple Brothers are the largest Hmong gangs in Minnesota.
Source: Star Tribune Date: September 18, 2003
Slashings at two city high schools (Manhattan and Queens, NY): Three students suffered slash wounds at two different high schools; one of them gang-related, according to police. In the first incident, two students were slashed outside Brandeis High School after a gang-related, bottle-throwing fight. The second incident took place at Forest Hills High School when a student was slashed by another student after he refused to give him money. None of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries.
Source: New York Post Date: September 18, 2003
Homicide investigation (Los Angeles, CA): In southeast Los Angeles, two boys, ages 14 and 16, were arrested in connection with a gang-related shooting that killed a 21-year-old man and left a 16-year-old boy wounded, police said. The two victims were sitting in a car when two suspects came to the car and began firing their handguns. Witnesses then assisted police in locating the suspects.
Source: City News Service Date: September 18, 2003
Two killed, five hurt as gunmen raid backyard birthday party (Oxnard, 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: Los Angeles Times Date: September 18, 2003
Arrest made in shooting outside Los Angeles school (Los Angeles, CA): A teenager waiting at a bus stop was wounded as a man opened fire at a passing SUV near Duke Ellington Continuation School. The man was arrested, but police believe there may be other suspects involved.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: September 17, 2003
Two teens shot at (Salinas, CA): Two teenagers were shot at while riding their bikes, police said. Although the bicyclists were not injured, a fence near them was damaged after they heard five or six shots as a car approached them. One teen, who admitted he had gang ties, believed the shooting was gang related.
Source: Monterey County Herald Date: September 17, 2003
Police suspect gang in shooting of two men (San Diego, CA): In City Heights, two men were shot and wounded in a possible gang-related attack, police say. Both victims were taken to hospitals. No other information was available.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: September 17, 2003
Teen shot in hand in drive-by (Salinas, CA): A teenage boy was wounded in what authorities believe was a gang-related drive-by shooting. The victim and another boy were standing outside an apartment complex when a car passed them, made a U-turn, and passed them again. The boys told police they heard someone shout "Norte," so they turned around and began walking back toward the apartments. As they were walking away, witnesses said the vehicle's driver fired three or four shots, striking the teen. Police have limited information on the suspect's vehicle.
Source: The Californian Date: September 17, 2003
One man killed, two others hurt in possible drive-by (Jacksonville, FL): A possible drive-by shooting on the Eastside of Jacksonville left one man dead and two wounded, police said. Witnesses reported seeing a car fleeing the scene immediately after the shooting. Shortly after, police found the car that was described, abandoned. The two wounded are in good condition. No motives have been determined, and no arrests have been made.
Source: The Florida Times-Union Date: September 17, 2003
Student accused of assault (Stoughton, MA): An 18-year-old senior at Stoughton High School was charged with assault and battery for punching and kicking a 14-year-old freshman after asking him if he was a member of the Bloods street gang. According to court papers, the victim was wearing red at the time of the attack and said that he did not belong to the gang. The 18-year-old said he did not like the way the boy answered his question. The senior denied being a member of the rival Crips gang, but knows some Bloods gang members.
Source: The Patriot Ledger Date: September 17, 2003
Ex-Stateville guard admits bringing drugs to inmates (Joliet, IL): The former Stateville Correctional Center guard arrested in August pleaded guilty to smuggling drugs to prisoners and a cell phone to the leader of the Four Corner Hustlers gang, as well as lying on his job application about his own gang affiliation. The 28-year-old agreed to serve four years and eight months in federal prison as part of the plea agreement.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: September 17, 2003
Commerce City gang activity up (Commerce City, CO): Commerce City has seen an increase in gang activity since a 15-year-old was killed, and a 16-year-old was seriously injured in a gang-related shooting September 4. A 19-year-old man was arrested in connection with the shooting. At the 15-year-old's memorial, an assault between suspected gang members and another group occurred. The suspect's parents' home was also hit in a drive-by shooting. Patrol officers will continue to receive gang training and compile a database of gang information, the police chief said.
Source: The Denver Post Date: September 16, 2003
Plainfield man shot in the leg (Plainfield, NJ): A 21-year-old man was wounded during a drive-by shooting in Plainfield. The man was riding his bicycle when a car passed by, and three shots came from a gun that was pointed through a window. The victim's injuries were not life threatening, and police are still searching for the suspect.
Source: Courier News Date: September 16, 2003
Drive-by shooting injures two teens (Hayward, CA): Two teens, ages 16 and 17, were wounded in a possible gang-related, drive-by shooting, police said. Police believe both victims have gang ties, but neither teen would provide investigators with any information on the incident.
Source: The Daily Review Date: September 16, 2003
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