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Several shootings in Belle Glade blamed on rivalry (Belle Glade, FL): A gang rivalry in Belle Glade has resulted in five shootings, police said. No one has been injured, but four members of the "Dogs Under Fire" gang are wanted for shooting at two members of the "Little Rock Dogs" at five different locations in the city, police said. The shootings appear to be in revenge for one of the alleged targets having a relationship with one of the suspects' girlfriend. Investigation is ongoing.
Source: The Palm Beach Post Date: March 30, 2004
Solutions offered to curb Rockford graffiti (Rockford, IL): In Rockford, police are trying to curb an increase in gang-related graffiti. According to police, there is something going on between the city’s Hispanic gangs: the Latin Kings on one side and the Latin Counts and Surrenos on the other. "Right now what we have is a lot on the south and southwest sides," an officer said. "It’s the younger kids, the 'wannabes' we call them, who do it. Not the older gang members — they don’t want the attention." The officer also added that a spike in graffiti does not necessarily mean a spike in gang-related violence. "A lot of these kids go to the same schools and nothing ever happens. When they’re out of school, one side might tag something, then another side sees it, so they tag over it because they see it as an insult, so it spreads." Negotiations have begun to see what kind of legislation can be passed to help set and increase fines for individuals damaging property with paint. Also being considered is the restriction of paint sales. Currently, if taggers are caught, they are usually charged with vandalism or criminal damage to property. The charge can range from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class 4 felony, depending on the amount of property damage.
Source: Rockford Register Star Date: March 29, 2004
Man killed, another hurt in shooting (Salt Lake City, UT): One person was killed and another seriously injured in what police say was a gang-related shooting in a west Salt Lake City neighborhood. The two victims, in their late teens or early 20s, were known gang members and believed to have been on a porch when they were shot. No arrests have been reported.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: March 28, 2004
Three held in robbery attempt (Fresno, CA): Police arrested three men, ages 19, 23, and 26, on suspicion of armed robbery, attempted carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon, and involvement in a criminal street gang. The three men are accused of attempting to carjack a vehicle from a man in an apartment complex's carport. The car owner refused to give the men his car keys and was struck by a gun, an officer said. The man was treated and released from an area hospital. Two other victims reported that the three suspects held them at gunpoint in the carport and searched them for money.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: March 28, 2004
Gang task force merger opposed (St. Paul, MN): A recent news conference in St. Paul regarding the Gang Strike Force merger resulted in heavy opposition. The force's commander and other high-ranking crime-fighting officials say an increase in gang activity is imminent if the Strike Force does not remain independent. Those in favor of the merger believe it would streamline and coordinate efforts between the Strike Force and the 22 drug task forces and help develop a comprehensive plan to combat two crimes that often go hand-in-hand. Currently, $2.7 million was agreed upon by the state's governor for the new agency. If the bill passes, a Gang and Drug Oversight Council would be established July 1. It would have 22 members, including the superintendent of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, police chiefs, sheriffs, U.S. and county attorneys, Gang Strike Force and Drug Task Force members, and federal officials. The council would choose a statewide coordinator and determine how the newly merged agency would operate. Because the Gang Strike Force has funding only through June 30 and it would take several months to create the new agency, the state would not have any group solely dedicated to fighting gangs during the summer months, when gang activity usually picks up, a Strike Force official said. "They're going to take several months to try and put something together that took us seven years," he said. "I'm just bewildered by this."
Source: Star Tribune Date: March 27, 2004
State seeks tougher gang laws (Virginia): Spurred by the growth of gangs in Virginia, the Governor is considering stiffening legislation dealing with gang-related crimes. The anti-gang legislation increases sentences for people convicted of gang activity, while allowing property and money used in gang-related crimes to be seized. In addition, the legislation adds a "three-strikes" rule to the law, which would mean a person convicted of three gang-related crimes or recruitment would face five to 20 years in prison. Gangs that have been identified as having a presence in the state are the Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings, and United Blood Nation. Other highlights of the legislation include amending the law to allow the court to deny bail for certain gang offenses and adding gang affiliation as a category for the judge to consider when deciding on a sentence.
Source: Daily Press Date: March 27, 2004
Police investigate drive-by shooting (Albuquerque, NM): Police were investigating what was believed to be a gang-related drive-by shooting in the South Valley that left two males injured. A group of people were outside a home when several occupants in either one or two vehicles jumped out and fired several gunshot rounds at them, according to police. No arrests have been made.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: March 26, 2004
Gang member gunned down (Brooklyn, NY): A 20-year-old man was shot and killed by a man who may have been selling drugs to him, police said. The victim, a notorious Crips gang member, had been arrested prior to the incident for a drug-related charge. No arrests have been made.
Source: Daily News Date: March 25, 2004
Three teens struck by shotgun pellets (Durham, NC): In Durham, three teenagers were wounded by shotgun pellets in what police think was a gang-related shooting. The three victims were walking when two men in an approaching SUV opened fire, according to police. No arrests have been made.
Source: The News & Observer Date: March 25, 2004
Police arrest three in gang-style city shootings (Greensboro, NC): Police arrested three teenagers, two 18-year-olds and a 17-year-old, in connection with a shooting on December 26 that they believe is part of a series of shootings between rivals, mostly Vietnamese gangs. All three were charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and shooting into an occupied property. Another 17-year-old is being sought in connection with the shooting. According to police, when the men drove to a house, two men got out of the car, and one of them fired seven shots into the house. Five people were home, but nobody was injured. The four suspects are believed to be members of a local gang called Boys in Style. Police say the shooting came in retaliation to a similar drive-by shooting at one of the suspects' home. In that shooting, witnesses saw three Asian men, believed to be members of the Tiny Raskal Gangsters, fire shots into a house. No one was injured in that incident. Police are still investigating the shooting, along with several other reports of shots fired around the suspects' neighborhood.
Source: News and Record Date: March 25, 2004
Boy stable after shooting (Chicago, IL): A 16-year-old boy was wounded, and a 23-year-old man died after an apparent gang-related shooting on the Northwest Side. Both victims were riding in a van when they encountered two men, an officer said. The two pairs exchanged hand signals, and when the victims got out of the van, one of the other two opened fire on them. No arrests have been made. Investigation is ongoing.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: March 25, 2004
Three wounded in drive-by shooting (Macon, GA): Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that wounded three people in Macon. At the scene, a pair of shoes was found hung overhead on utility wires, a known gang symbol, police said. The victims' wounds were not believed to be life-threatening. Witnesses described hearing six gunshots as a small car, carrying two to four people, drove down the street.
Source: The Telegraph Date: March 25, 2004
Officials seek injunction against Oxnard gang (Oxnard, CA): The Ventura County district attorney and Oxnard police are seeking a permanent injunction against the Colonia Chiques gang. "The Colonia Chiques is the largest and most violent criminal street gang in Ventura County," the district attorney said. The court order would be a shield for the community from ongoing violence, a tool for police to make more arrests, and a warning to gang members that "law-abiding residents are taking back the streets," he also added. The gang, which has terrorized the city for more than three decades, has a reported 1,000 members. If approved, the injunction will restrict the activities of gang members within a specified area, prohibiting them from congregating in public, flashing gang signs, violating a 10 p.m. curfew, and wearing gang attire, including Dallas Cowboys shirts, jackets, and bandannas.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: March 25, 2004
Fatal attack is gang-related (Garden Grove, CA): A 24-year-old man was killed in a shooting that police believe may be the work of rival gangs and retaliatory in nature. The victim was driving when someone fired a shot in the driver's side window, police said. The shooting appears to be in retaliation to a rival gang that had opened fire earlier on a crowd outside a Garden Grove cafe. In that incident, a man opened fire after an argument, injuring three people. Detectives later arrested a 22-year-old man, who is suspected of being the shooter in the cafe incident.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: March 25, 2004
Injunction (Los Angeles, CA): Officials in Los Angeles announced an effort to put a stop to the Mara Salvatrucha gang. "Today's gang injunction is another tool the department can use to provide relief from gang violence and assist us in reaching our crime reduction goals," a city attorney said. Upon approval, the injunction would restrict gang members from participating in gang-related activities inside "safety zones" in two areas west of downtown Los Angeles. The zones, which together encompass the largest geographic area of any of the 20 gang injunctions filed by the city attorney's office, are patrolled by officers in the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart, Hollywood, Northeast, and Wilshire divisions. The restrictions would prohibit gang members from publicly associating with other members, loitering, intimidating community members, and collecting extortion money, "rent," or "taxes" from residents and business owners trying to avoid harassment. Many of the original gang members have ties to gangs in El Salvador and use sophisticated and brutal guerrilla warfare tactics when dealing with the police, officials said. Los Angeles is home to 800 known gangs and more than 56,000 gang members, police said.
Source: City News Service Date: March 24, 2004
San Diego shooting (San Diego, CA): A man was wounded in an apparent gang-related shooting in Logan Heights, police said. The victim and a friend had parked their car when two men pulled up next to them in another car. The passenger in the other car got out, pointed a handgun, and fired several shots at the victim, striking him twice. The assailants fled the scene. The victim did not suffer any life-threatening wounds. The shooting is under investigation.
Source: City News Service Date: March 24, 2004
Teen slashed in brawl at school (Syracuse, NY): A 14-year-old was slashed multiple times during a gang-related brawl at the Syracuse Renaissance Academy at Carnegie School, police said. The school is an alternative program for students with behavior problems and students who have been previously caught with weapons. A spokesman for the school district said the incident was the first they have had inside a school where somebody has been cut. The students involved were suspended pending a disciplinary hearing. In addition to the suspensions, two 14-year-olds and a 15-year-old were charged with felony gang assault, police said. The 15-year-old student had an outstanding warrant for violation of probation. All three were taken to Hillbrook.
Source: The Post-Standard Date: March 24, 2004
Boot Camp gang member admits to racketeering (Syracuse, NY): A 22nd member of the Boot Camp street gang admitted he was part of a criminal enterprise that controlled its crack cocaine and marijuana trade through violence on Syracuse's South Side. The 21-year-old man pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to engage in a pattern of racketeering. He faces between 10 and 12 1/2 years in prison. Four of 26 alleged Boot Camp members indicted last summer are set to go to trial later this summer.
Source: The Post-Standard Date: March 24, 2004
Boy is hit by car, then possibly shot (Salt Lake City, UT): Police are investigating an alleged gang-related incident in which a boy was hit by a car while riding his bicycle. After hitting the victim, a man exited the vehicle and fired about eight rounds from a handgun at the boy. Police are unsure if the victim was struck by a bullet. The shooter returned to the car and left the area.
Source: Deseret News Date: March 24, 2004
Slaying is likely gang-related (Kennett Square, PA): Police believe the stabbing death of a 29-year-old man in Kennett Square is gang-related. The victim was stabbed after a physical altercation with the alleged killer, a 20-year-old rival gang member. "We're being told these guys are members of rival gangs, and this was retaliation for an incident in the state of Delaware that took place in the last two weeks," police said. The suspect was charged with the murder after a witness identified him.
Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer Date: March 23, 2004
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