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Somerville monitors 'H-block' gang (Winter Hill, MA): Police in Somerville are trying to determine if recent graffiti in Winter Hill could be signs of a new gang making a name for itself. "They just popped up on the radar,'' an officer said. "The first thing we noticed was the graffiti tag 'H-Block.' It stood for Haitian youth claiming to be a gang.'' No crimes have been connected to H-Block as of yet, but police are monitoring their activity. In addition to the graffiti, investigators are also trying to determine if a 17-year-old, accused of murdering a 15-year-old boy after hitting him with a car, may be a founding member.
Source: Boston Herald Date: April 23, 2004
Gang killings rattle Montbello (Montbello, CO): Two unrelated gang shootings that left a 16-year-old boy and 27-year-old man dead are raising concerns over a possible escalation of tensions between rival gangs. Police have arrested a suspect for the shooting of the 16-year-old, but no other arrests have been made.
Source: The Denver Post Date: April 22, 2004
Five year drug sting yields 15 arrests (Evanston, IL): After a five year operation, police and federal agents arrested 15 members of a drug gang that operated on Evanston's west side. The operation was named "Top Drawer" because it targeted ranking members of the Gangster Disciples street gang. Two men, ages 24 and 25, have already been convicted in federal court and sentenced to 10 years in prison. "This investigation is a success, but it is not over," an official said. "This investigation is continuing, and we're trying to work our way up the ladder to identify the sources bringing the drugs into northern Illinois."
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: April 21, 2004
Albuquerque Police Department moves to beef up gang unit (Albuquerque, NM): After a series of gang-related shootings, police in Albuquerque are beefing up their gang unit. Two, possibly three, of the four incidents involved gang members, police said. A total of two people died and several others were left injured. There is no indication that any of the shootings were connected, and arrests have been made in all the cases except one, according to police.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: April 20, 2004
An hour makes a big difference in a graffiti bust (Tustin, CA): In Tustin, police arrested an 18-year-old on vandalism charges. The suspect, who turned 18 an hour before being arrested, faces three felony charges including vandalism, being a member of a criminal street gang, and violating probation from a juvenile court sentence over previous vandalism charges. Had he been caught before midnight, when he was still 17, it is possible police would have let him go under the supervision of his parents. Police believe he is responsible for graffiti in several locations.
Source: The Orange County Register Date: April 19, 2004
Manhunt ends after police arrest shooting suspect (Belle Glade, FL): A 22-year-old man was arrested for the gang-related shooting that left one man dead and another man wounded during a party on April 4. Police reported that more than 30 shots were fired between the Belle Glade-based gang Dogs Under Fire and rival Pahokee Boyz, also known as Dreads. The suspect is charged with second-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm.
Source: The Palm Beach Post Date: April 18, 2004
Four nabbed after drive-by shooting (Lakewood, WA): Four men, ages 18 and 19, suspected of participating in a gang-related drive-by shooting were arrested by Lakewood undercover officers. While working on another gang-related shooting, undercover investigators were watching a car when one of the people in it leaned out the window and fired a gun at Washington Park. The gunman fled but was caught a short time later. No one was wounded.
Source: The News Tribune Date: April 18, 2004
Judge puts restrictions on 86 Skyline gang members (San Diego, CA): A judge ordered numerous restrictions against 86 documented members of a Skyline street gang, barring them from hanging out together in public, wearing gang colors, and flashing gang hand signs in their neighborhood. Other restrictions include fighting, trespassing, littering, or acting as lookouts to warn of police in the area. Violations of the order can be prosecuted as misdemeanors and result in up to 180 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine, according to a deputy district attorney.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: April 17, 2004
Gang shootings (Topeka, KS): The Topeka Capital-Journal is running a special series in their "In-Depth" section called, "Gang shootings." Please visit the link below to access all of the articles.
Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal Date: April 17, 2004
Father, son charged in shooting (Albuquerque, NM): Police arrested a father and son, ages 39 and 17 respectively, in connection with a car chase that led to the fatal shooting of a man in his 20s. The two were charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit a first-degree felony, and shooting from a motor vehicle. A 19-year-old man, believed to be an acquaintance of the father and son, was also arrested on similar charges. According to a detective, the shooting appeared to have been sparked in part by some "mad-dogging" between the occupants of both vehicles. "We can also say that the individuals involved in this case are affiliated with street gangs," the detective added.
Source: The Albuquerque Tribune Date: April 17, 2004
Police watch for signs of new gang activity (Radford, VA): Police are increasing patrols near Radford University and are taking other measures to curb what they believe is gang activity. While no arrests on gang-related charges have been made, warning signs of activity, such as graffiti, are prompting concerns, an officer said. Gang members are driving in from Roanoke, Bedford County, and Lynchburg to see about new opportunities since a major drug bust in 2001 left a void, the officer added.
Source: Daily Press Date: April 17, 2004
Cops on high alert as gang feud heats up (Oakland and Berkeley, CA): Police in Oakland and Berkeley are concerned with the possible resurgence of a gang rivalry. It was only seven months ago when the feud between the two rivals from South Berkeley and North Oakland was quelled, but since it was never resolved, police feel the potential for violence is high. Recently, a key member of the Berkeley crew scuffled with members of the Oakland gang. In retaliation, members of the Oakland gang beat a Berkeley man at a location known to police as a heavy drug-dealing spot.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle Date: April 16, 2004
Shot ten times, man dies (Chicago, IL): A 29-year-old Chicago man was killed during a confrontation with another man who pulled a gun and shot him 10 times, police said. The victim's friend, a 26-year-old man, was shot twice and was in stable condition. Police believe the shooting was gang-related and were looking for a suspect identified by several witnesses.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: April 16, 2004
Police arrest suspect in southeast shooting (Albuquerque, NM): Police arrested a 30-year-old man in a suspected gang-related shooting that left bullet casings across several blocks in the southeast area. The man has been charged with attempted murder, assault with intent to commit a violent felony, conspiracy to commit attempted murder, and shooting from a motor vehicle, according to a criminal complaint filed in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court. A witness reported that a man got out of the rear driver's side of a car with a rifle and started shooting toward some other people. It appeared that there were two groups shooting at each other, and the individuals inside the car were shooting out the vehicle's windows. The man and his accomplices are members of the East Side San Jose gang.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: April 16, 2004
Two arrested, one sought in Fairfax slaying (Fairfax, VA): Two men have been arrested and a third man is being sought in the gang-related slaying of a 19-year-old man in a Huntington area motel parking lot, police said. The two 19-year-olds in custody are being charged with willfully participating in a homicide while participating in a street gang. The third man, age 22, faces a gang-related homicide charge. The victim had been attending a party in a motel room, while another group of young men were holding a separate party in another room. The members of the two groups apparently began arguing, and one of the men opened fire, killing the 19-year-old. Police believe that the participants were members of two gangs.
Source: The Washington Post Date: April 16, 2004
Two Oxnard men shot in alleged gang retaliation (Oxnard, CA): Two 23-year-old men were shot outside a Port Hueneme condo, allegedly in retaliation for a gang-related double homicide, police said. The two, who are believed to be gang members, were visiting a woman at the condo when three unidentified men walked up, and one fired several rounds at them. They were in serious but stable condition. Police said the victims may have been involved in a double killing on April 7, in which two rival gang members, a 19- and 21-year-old man, were fatally shot. No arrests have been made.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: April 14, 2004
Fitchburg man charged with shooting into home (Lowell, MA): An 18-year-old man has been charged with two counts of armed assault with intent to murder after being picked up for allegedly shooting a gun into a Lowell home. Police believe the shooting is in retaliation for a gang-related fight at a local cinema that involved the suspect and someone who lived at the house he opened fire on. No one was injured during the shooting.
Source: Telegram and Gazette Date: April 14, 2004
Officials plan anti-gang force (Babylon, NY): In Babylon, police, parents, and local officials are planning to create a Gang Task Force in response to increasing gang activity, including graffiti, teenage drug dealing, and drive-by shootings. The First and Third Precincts, which include Babylon and Islip respectively, saw the highest gang member arrests last year. Suffolk County police will oversee the task force, parole, and probation departments to better identify and track known gang members. The program also will emphasize community involvement, including working with local school districts to address truancy and gang activity in schools.
Source: Newsday Date: April 14, 2004
Gang suspect nabbed (El Paso, TX): A 25-year-old suspected Bernalillo gang member was arrested in El Paso as he was trying to enter Mexico, an official said. The man is wanted in connection with several drive-by shootings that occurred in February and March in Bernalillo and a warrant out of Albuquerque.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: April 13, 2004
Gang sweep nets 18 (Las Vegas, NV): Las Vegas police arrested 18 gang members after issuing arrest warrants for nearly 200 members of the Crips, Bloods, and other gangs wanted for everything from attempted murder to probation violations. The crackdown, named Operation Spring Sweep, involved a task force of about 60 officers. The wanted gang members are reported to have roots in Southern California, Northern California, and Midwestern cities such as Chicago and Detroit. So far this year there have been 54-gang-related shootings in Las Vegas and in areas of Clark County. The remaining 187 targeted gang members are known to reside in the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Police Department.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: April 13, 2004
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