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Woman wounded in leg (Buffalo, NY): A 20-year-old woman was wounded during a drive-by shooting at her home, police said. Officers say that the victim was outside her home when an unknown person drove by in a car and fired one round at her. No arrests have been made.
Source: The Buffalo News Date: August 12, 2003
Police arrest three men in drive-by shooting (Sumter, GA): Authorities arrested three men in connection with a drive-by shooting in which a 19-year-old man was killed, police said. The victim was shot at least four times as bullets went through his mobile home. A 24-year-old was charged with murder and the other two, ages 23 and 21, were charged with accessory to murder.
Source: The Augusta Chronicle Date: August 12, 2003
Budget cuts threaten gang injunctions (Los Angeles, CA): Budget cuts in Southern California have caused the District Attorney's (D.A.) Office to evaluate its position on assembling gang injunctions. The head deputy of the D.A.'s office feels that a gang injunction is only one way to tackle gangs. The Los Angeles County Sheriff feels differently about the effectiveness of injunctions, saying that in Norwalk and Lennox, gang injunctions have been very useful in setting the tone in each neighborhood. The head deputy at the D.A.'s office said, "I want to just see what the cost analysis of it is. If it's worth it, as far as I'm concerned, I would go into my discretionary money if I thought it would make a difference."
Source: Copley News Service Date: August 12, 2003
Suspect in gang dust-up turns self in (Great Falls, MT): A 19-year-old man who pointed a gun at a rival gang member in the Holiday Village mall parking lot turned himself in to police. The man jumped out of the passenger seat of car and held a gun to the head of the driver in another vehicle. The incident is believed to be the result of two teenage groups having a long-standing feud. Police say the man was charged with assault with a weapon and not attempted, deliberate homicide, because he was using a BB or pellet gun that looked like a semiautomatic handgun.
Source: Great Falls Tribune Date: August 12, 2003
Two Burbank teenagers charged in drive-by slaying of 18-year-old (Stickney Township, IL): Two teenagers, ages 16 and 17, were arrested and charged with the murder of an 18-year-old during an alleged gang-related drive-by shooting on August 4. Police believe that the 17-year-old fired the shots as the 16-year-old drove past the victim's house.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: August 12, 2003
Shooting may be gang-related (Palmetto, FL): Deputies are investigating a weekend drive-by shooting they say may be connected to gang activity. Three men drove up in a car and shot at least six rounds at a man as he sat in his SUV. The man was not injured and police have no suspects.
Source: The Herald-Tribune Date: August 12, 2003
Increased deaths put 'miracle' on thin ice (Boston, MA): With five teen deaths already this year in Boston, youth workers, academics, and law enforcement officials are offering up their perspectives on why there seems to be a lack of efficiency with anti-violence measures and an increase in youth violence. The associate dean of the Harvard School of Public Health feels that complacency over time has led to the decrease in violence prevention activity, summer jobs, and programs that would benefit youths. The director of the Ella J. Baker House in Dorchester says that an increase of teenagers has had a correlative effect on the increasing number of kids getting into trouble or being victimized. One city law enforcement official said that sometimes situations (i.e., shooting of teens) have to be accepted and that certain people cannot be helped due to their unfortunate upbringing. Lastly, a criminal justice specialist at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard argues that Boston abandoned a pivotal anti-gang program called "Operation Ceasefire." Under that program, gang members were identified by police officers, street workers, urban ministers, and others and repeatedly ordered to meet face to face with a "youth violence strike force."
Source: Boston Herald Date: August 12, 2003
Bratton wages war on gangs (Los Angeles, CA): The Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) recently declared war on street gangs in South Los Angeles. A task force of local and federal law enforcement officers were specifically assigned to South Los Angeles. The Chief said the South Bureau is receiving the bulk of the anti-gang focus because that is where much of the gang activity has been going on recently. However, there are other LAPD anti-gang efforts working on "whittling" down gang activity in other parts of the city, he said.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: August 12, 2003
Gang-related shootings (Fairfield, CA): Authorities are investigating a series of shootings that have swept through the residential neighborhoods of Fairfield during recent weeks. Most recently, a family's car was sprayed with bullets during an early morning shooting. No one was injured and no arrests were made. In other separate shootings, two male pedestrians were shot and a house was shot at six times. Police say at least two of the recent shootings were gang-related.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: August 11, 2003
Lindsay man arrested in stabbing (Lindsay, CA): Tulare County sheriff's deputies arrested a Lindsay man on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed a man at a Lindsay bar. The suspect, along with three or four other men, attacked the victim outside the bar in what deputies say was a gang-related fight. According to the victim, the suspects chased him down and then beat and stabbed him. The victim was in stable condition.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: August 11, 2003
Teenager killed in drive-by shooting (Sumter, SC): A 19-year-old man died from four gunshot wounds he received during a drive-by shooting in his mobile home, police said. Three men, ages 24, 23, and 21, were arrested. The 24-year-old was charged with murder while the other two were charged with accessory to murder. Authorities believe an altercation at a local nightclub may have led to the shooting, but the investigation is ongoing. Investigators are still interviewing possible witnesses and more arrests may come.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: August 11, 2003
Man charged in drive-by slaying (Wilmington, DE): A 19-year-old man from Bear was arrested and charged with first degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old Wilmington boy, police said. The man is believed to be one of three people in a vehicle from which the shots were fired. The boy was standing on a street corner when the drive-by shooting occurred. People came running out of a nearby house and returned fire on the car.
Source: The News Journal Date: August 11, 2003
New breed of DC gang emerges (Washington, DC): A new kind of street gang in Columbia Heights and the midsection of Washington has caught the attention of the city this summer with a series of shootings. They have been compared to the likes of some Los Angeles-style gangs as opposed to the loosely formed gangs in the District, police say. They typically do not have a particular turf where they stay or claim, nor do they involve themselves with the drug trade regularly. Four people have been killed and two others injured in the past two months in shootings that police have blamed on rivalries between Latino gangs. Gang member numbers for this new group are much lower compared to the four principal Latino gangs in the city. Authorities estimate about 240 gang-like groups along with 400 Latino gang members in the city. For reference, there are 3,000 members in the Mara Salvatrucha-13 gang in Northern Virginia.
Source: The Washington Post Date: August 11, 2003
East End is seeing signs of gang activity (Suffolk County, NY): Law enforcement authorities in Suffolk County are beginning to see gangs from western towns of Long Island spreading to its East End. Officials in Southold Town reported that during the past month they charged several local men with crimes ranging from burglary to DWI; all admitted being, or were identified as, members of the Salvadoran gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. People wearing tattoos of the Bloods gang had also been seen in the town, police said. The Suffolk district attorney said that East End gang activity included "groups that are organized, that engage in street crime and violence and have the paramilitary structure used by street gangs," but that there is "scant evidence of East End gangs having formal affiliations with the Latin Kings, MS-13, the Bloods, the Crips, Legion of Doom and other national gangs" that have established footholds up-Island. Reports of gangs in schools have also been prevalent. A detective said that fights in Riverhead High School were prompted by a dispute between two local gangs, the Doctor's Path Flames and Flanders' Finest. Another round of fighting broke out between female members of both gangs. Five juveniles and one adult were arrested; the girls, who ranged in age from 14 to 16, were charged with gang assault.
Source: The New York Times Date: August 10, 2003
Officials get tough on gangs (Greensboro, NC): The Greensboro Police Department has received good results from its two year study on gang violence. In the past year, a joint effort with the District Attorney's office has helped them convict six gang members, with pending cases for seven others. A list of validated gang members consists of more than 100 names representing 18 gangs. Two national gangs, Bloods and Crips, and a local gang Boys in Style (which has ties to the national group Asian Crips) have the most members on the department's list. Two other gangs that have surfaced are the Tiny Rascal Gangsters and Folk Nation. Although detectives say gangs in Greensboro commit few violent crimes, the killing of a 16-year-old has them concerned. The 22-year-old man charged in the killing is a validated member of the Bloods. Investigators said the victim was killed while flashing gang signs, although there is no indication that he was a gang member.
Source: News & Record Date: August 10, 2003
Fresno to intensify crackdown on gangs (Fresno, CA): In the second phase of the Gang Suppression 2003 Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium Task Force, 140 officers from the Fresno Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, and the Fresno County Sheriff's Department are combing high-crime neighborhoods to locate, identify, and arrest gang members. After a three-year lull, more drive-by shootings and a surge in gang violence has alarmed law enforcement officials. Five gangs specifically targeted during the operation are: Bulldogs, Surenos, Midnight Cruisers and southwest Fresno's Garret Street and Strather Boys gangs. The first phase of the task force, which started in June, yielded 221 felony arrests, 226 misdemeanor arrests, 65 parole and probation searches, five search warrant services, and 16 gun seizures, according to Fresno police.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: August 9, 2003
Shooting wounds teen (Salinas, CA): A 16-year-old boy was shot during a drive-by shooting, police said. Police report that the boy was with a friend when someone opened fire from a passing car. The victim is in serious condition.
Source: The Salinas Californian Date: August 9, 2003
Victim taken to hospital after stabbing (San Jose, CA): One person was hospitalized with life-threatening wounds after he was stabbed during an apparent gang-related brawl in East San Jose, police said. Police do not have clear information on the incident, but the investigation is continuing.
Source: San Jose Mercury News Date: August 9, 2003
Fatal stabbing mars Marian Days (Carthage, MO): In Carthage, Missouri, gang-related violence broke out during an annual celebration event called Marian Days. A 22-year-old man died from multiple stab wounds, according to Southwest Missouri Forensics. Sixteen Asian gang members were detained, and 14 remain in custody. Although gang violence has occurred in the past at this event, this was the first violent death on site. The event attracts up to 60,000 Vietnamese families each year. This is the 26th year for the celebration. "These were two groups who knew each other and frankly were looking for trouble," the Carthage Police Chief said. He also stated that the two groups involved were gangs from Oklahoma City and Wichita.
Source: The Springfield News-Leader Date: August 9, 2003
Shopping trip ends in homicide (Magna, UT): Detectives from the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office arrested four teenagers, whose ages range from 14 to 16, for an alleged gang-related shooting at an auto parts store. A 15-year-old suspect pulled out a handgun and fired multiple shots at two brothers after the feuding gang members exchanged gang signs. The 21-year-old brother died at a hospital from the gunshot wounds, while his younger brother, 18, was treated for similar injuries. At least two suspects are members of the King Mafia Disciples, authorities said. The gang affiliation of the other two suspects is unknown.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: August 9, 2003
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