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Two slayings tied to gang war (Chicago, IL): Chicago police are searching for three suspects who allegedly killed two men and injured one in a South Side gang war. Two men were shot when the suspects came out of a building, and another was chased around the building and shot by an assailant, witnesses said. The shootings were part of a dispute that began when the city relocated residents to a different housing project and the gang factions struggled for control of the neighborhood. Police have not made any arrests.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: June 27, 2003
Shooting wake-up call on street gangs (Chattanooga, TN): Officials in Chattanooga are responding to a recent spate of shootings by looking at the possibility of a growing trend of youth street gangs. "This may be a wake-up call. I'm sure we have them. I don't think the gang activity has gotten to a point where the public realizes we may have a problem," an official said. Chattanooga Police Department reported 17 active street gangs in the city and two gang-related homicides in 2002. Although there is a decrease in active gangs from 22 in 2001, police say it does not mean gangs have gone away.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press Date: June 26, 2003
Charged in deadly gang rite (Harlem, NY): Police charged a 19-year-old man with manslaughter in the death of a 16-year-old during an alleged gang initiation rite in Harlem. The suspect told police he belongs to a small gang called the Bone Thugs, a group of Harlem-based "rapper wanna-bes," according to police. A 14-year-old boy, who is a friend of the victim, said the suspect and victim were not supposed to hit one another in the face. "They were throwing body punches, they were supposed to be fighting for 30 seconds, but it only lasted 10 seconds," the boy said. The suspect, charged with second-degree manslaughter, could face up to 15 years in prison, if convicted.
Source: Daily News Date: June 26, 2003
Chicago man charged in shooting of 15-year-old boy (Chicago, IL): A 19-year-old Chicago man was charged with attempted murder for a shooting that seriously injured a 15-year-old boy, police said. After a gang-related confrontation with the victim, the suspect fired a gun three times. The victim was in intensive care, but police say his wounds were not life-threatening.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: June 26, 2003
Gang and drug bust (Paramount, CA): About 100 gang enforcement officers arrested ten people and seized a half-ton of marijuana in 15 homes in Los Angeles County. The drug probe was spawned by a gang-related shooting earlier this month in Paramount.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: June 26, 2003
Woman wounded in knee in suspected gang shooting (Anaheim, CA): Police are investigating a shooting that wounded an Anaheim woman. The woman was driving her car when a man and another woman in a van allegedly shot her after the female in the van yelled a gang slogan. Although the woman injured was not a gang member, police said that the shooting was still considered gang-related.
Source: The Orange County Register Date: June 26, 2003
Eight held in cross-fire slaying of teacher (Long Beach, CA): Eight alleged gang members were arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a 52-year-old woman as she and her 12-year-old son, who was shot in the shoulder, were passing by in their car, police said. Police allege it was a gang-related shooting, but the victim was not the intended target. A 22-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of murder. The other seven people were arrested on unrelated charges but are believed to be involved in the shooting, said a Long Beach police officer.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: June 25, 2003
More officers for gang effort (Chicago, IL): Due to increased murders this year in Chicago, officials announced a plan to deploy 100 highly-trained police officers to the city's most gang-ridden neighborhoods in an effort to curb violent crime. In addition, the mayor plans to re-assign 450 gang crimes officers to the city's most troubled communities.
Source: The New York Times Date: June 25, 2003
Gang ties probed in hotel fight (Aurora, IL): A party with about 200 people turned into a brawl at the North Aurora Inn parking lot, police reported. Witnesses told police that the fight was gang-related. Three officers suffered minor wounds, but no other major injuries were reported. According to reports, a 22-year-old man was arrested and charged with reckless driving and resisting an officer after attempting to flee the area in his vehicle.
Source: Daily Herald Date: June 25, 2003
Man wounded in drive-by shooting (Manhattan, NY): A 23-year-old man was wounded during a drive-by shooting in Washington Heights, police said. The man was sitting on a bench with four others when someone in a passing car opened fire. The man was in stable condition, and police have not made any arrests.
Source: New York Post Date: June 25, 2003
Woman killed in drive-by shooting (Richmond, VA): A 23-year-old woman was shot to death, and her 16-year-old brother and a 21-year-old female friend were wounded in a drive-by shooting in South Richmond. Wounds suffered by the 16 and 21-year-olds were not considered life-threatening, police said. Police report that the victims were standing in front of a house when they were shot from the driver's side of a passing car. No arrests have been made, and police are seeking more information about the shooting.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch Date: June 25, 2003
Man injured by stray gang shots (Van Nuys, CA): A 54-year-old man was wounded during an apparent gang-related shooting, police said. The victim was visiting with friends at an apartment building when shots were fired by a group of four or five men. No arrests have been made.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: June 25, 2003
Los Angeles Police Department making more arrests (Los Angeles, CA): Gang-related arrests have increased 84 percent since the Los Angeles Police Department's Police Chief took over last October. Anti-gang officers have made 3,225 arrests this year, compared with 1,757 in 2002. One of the first actions taken by the new chief was coordinating anti-gang efforts for a massive reorganization. In addition, he changed the hours worked by narcotics and gang officers, as well as detectives, to better monitor serious crimes on nights and weekends. Crime rates have also dropped according to the chief. Homicides are down 21.6 percent, from 306 killings last year to 240 so far this year.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: June 25, 2003
Shooting witnesses uncooperative (Bloomington, IL): Police continue to investigate the death of a 24-year-old man who was shot at Miller Park in an alleged gang-related shooting. The motive remains unclear, and witnesses who were near the park have been interviewed, but were uncooperative. Police believe a fight occurred before several shots were fired. No arrests have been made.
Source: The Pantagraph Date: June 25, 2003
Man killed, woman hurt in nightclub shooting (Arlington, TX): Police say a possible gang-related shooting outside an Arlington nightclub left a 26-year-old man dead and a woman wounded. After a fight at the nightclub, gunfire ensued as the victim and others involved got into their vehicles. The woman who was wounded was at a nearby gas station when she was hit by a stray bullet. Police have no suspects.
Source: The Dallas Morning News Date: June 24, 2003
Orosi drive-by investigated (Orosi, CA): Police are seeking a group of men they say were involved in a drive-by shooting that wounded a man. According to the victim, the suspects were following him and his friends in a vehicle and eventually a confrontation took place at a convenience store. One of the suspects displayed a handgun and fired a single shot, deputies said.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: June 24, 2003
Bullets claim life of man sitting in vehicle (New Orleans, LA): A 27-year-old man was fatally shot when unidentified suspects pulled up and opened fire while he was sitting in his vehicle, police said. Investigators are seeking the gunmen and a motive.
Source: The Times-Picayune Date: June 24, 2003
Plea to find boy's killer (Elmhurst, NY): Police are investigating a possible gang-related shooting that occurred in front of an apartment building that left a 16-year-old boy dead. The boy was believed to have been involved in gang activity, police said. "He was clearly the target," said a police source. "This wasn't the case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Source: Daily News Date: June 24, 2003
Two injured in gang-related shooting (Raleigh, NC) : In Raleigh, a 33-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy suffered minor injuries during a gang-related shooting, police said. The incident began at Watson's Flea Market when a group of four teens asked a man and two teenagers which gang they belonged to. They told them of their affiliation with a rival gang, displayed hand signs, and got into a car and left the flea market, an officer said. The other men pursued them, and a passenger fired a shotgun into the fleeing vehicle. Police arrested and charged a 16-year-old with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Another 16-year-old was arrested and charged with aiding and abetting an assault with deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill. A 15-year-old was charged with being an accessory after the fact, and the fourth occupant, a 15-year-old, was not charged.
Source: News Observer Date: June 24, 2003
Two shooting victims may face paralysis (Hayward, CA): Two men, ages 20 and 25, wounded in an apparent gang-related shooting in west Hayward, may be paralyzed due to their injuries, police said. Two other men, ages 20 and 24, also suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Investigators assume the four men were gathered on the sidewalk when a car stopped next to them. Someone got out of the car and fired six to ten shots at the men, police said. Police have not yet determined the motive for the shooting, but said there are "gang overtones." "We have reason to believe that some, if not all, of the victims have gang affiliations." The area where the shooting occurred has a history of gang-related violence.
Source: Alameda Times-Star Date: June 24, 2003
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