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Limits on gang made permanent (Vista, CA): Seventeen members of an Oceanside street gang will be prohibited from gathering in public and will face several other restrictions, within a specified area of the city, a judge ruled. The judge issued a permanent injunction against the Center Street gang, saying it constitutes a public nuisance. The order creates a "safety zone" within the gang's territory, which is bounded by local streets. The order became permanent by default after a lack of response to the preliminary injunction from the people originally named in the civil complaint. The original complaint, filed in August 2003, includes names of 20 of the Center Street gang's most active members. All are male and one, a 17-year-old, is a juvenile. A defendant could be removed from the injunction if he has not been active in the gang within five years and the state Department of Justice has purged him from its list of documented gang members. Center Street's members are responsible for committing numerous crimes in Oceanside, including attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, burglary, and drug crimes, according to court documents. They also are precluded from fighting, trespassing, littering, vandalizing property, and making loud noise. Violations of the injunction would be considered misdemeanor offenses punishable by jail terms.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: December 4, 2003
14-year-old girl shot near Valley High (Sacramento, CA): A 14-year-old Valley High School student was shot while walking home from school in what Sacramento police say is a gang-related incident. The girl was walking with a group of other students when a car drove past them. Words were exchanged, the car made a U-turn, and the passenger came out with a handgun, firing four to eight shots. Police have not made any arrests and are unsure if the girl was the intended victim.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: December 4, 2003
Police ID man killed in park (Salinas, CA): A 22-year-old man was shot to death while walking with a friend in Natividad Creek Park. Two males approached them and opened fire, police said. According to police, the shooting was believed to be gang-related.
Source: The Californian Date: December 4, 2003
Oxnard police continue search for gunman in gang-related shooting (Oxnard, CA): Oxnard police are searching for a gunman in a gang-related shooting in which a 26-year-old man was shot while walking in the parking lot of a shopping center. Police said the type of clothing the shooter was wearing indicated his gang affiliation. The victim was last reported to be in serious condition.
Source: Ventura County Star Date: December 3, 2003
Gang leader arrested on drug charges (Providence, RI): The leader of the Almighty Latin Kings Nation was arrested after he was caught in the middle of an alleged heroin delivery in the Valley neighborhood. The 29-year-old man has been out on parole for racketeering and attempt to murder charges for the last two years. He was arrested after police recently received a tip that someone was selling large amounts of heroin from a car. He is now back in jail, held as a parole violator, and facing new charges of possession of one ounce to one kilogram of heroin and possession with intent to deliver heroin. The Almighty Latin Kings has more than 150 members in Rhode Island and is the largest and most active Hispanic gang in Providence, police said.
Source: The Providence Journal Date: December 3, 2003
Boxer testifies in murder investigation (Detroit, MI): A 19-year-old boxer was a key witness in a street-gang murder investigation in the death of a 20-year-old man and the wounding of another. The man was a passenger during the drive-by shooting, according to police reports. The 18-year-old male suspect admitted firing four shots at two men, saying that he was looking for members of a southwest Detroit gang, known as the Surenos, whose members shot him on two past occasions. He is being charged with one count of first-degree murder, which carries a sentence of life in prison with no parole, and a count of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Source: The Detroit News Date: December 3, 2003
Gangbusters: Summer work eliminates graffiti (Oklahoma City, OK): Students at Roosevelt Middle School in Oklahoma City got involved in graffiti removal work this past summer. With seven gangs reported to have been roaming school halls and painting lockers with obscene language and gang symbols, the principal felt the need to do something about the problems. Lockers were ripped out and replaced with themed sitting areas for students to socialize. School records show 100 fighting incidents and about 350 instances of gang activity last school year. Since the start of this semester, fights have decreased more than 75 percent, and teachers have seen less than two dozen problems involving gangs. Students caught getting involved with gang activity face suspensions ranging from 10 days to a full school year. The principal said as gang members start marking their territory, the issue is then one of who socializes in that area. "The quicker we can get the graffiti down, the quicker we have control of the area," she said. Roosevelt also adopted school uniforms this year to prevent gang members from showing their affiliations through clothing.
Source: Daily Oklahoman Date: December 2, 2003
Two shot in gang confrontation (Durham, NC): According to police, two men, ages 22 and 29, were injured during a shooting between two rival gangs in Durham. The 29-year-old was in critical condition, and the 22-year-old suffered a non-life-threatening wound. A police spokesman said that he did not know which gangs were involved, but the department had confirmed the participants in the incident were members.
Source: The News & Observer Date: December 2, 2003
Ganging up on Long Island gangs (Long Island, NY): Authorities are teaming up to fight gang activity by pledging support for proposed new federal legislation to crack down on gangs. Gangs "are one of Long Island's biggest threats to public safety and quality of life," said one senator who is cosponsoring the bipartisan Criminal Street Gang Abatement Act. The legislation will include provisions that would give the death penalty or life imprisonment to gang members who commit murder and make gang recruitment a new crime punishable by up to ten years in jail.
Source: New York Post Date: December 2, 2003
Party ends in shooting (Syracuse, UT): Syracuse police arrested ten people in what was believed to be a gang-related incident at a party. Police were still investigating the cause of the fight, which involved racial insults. At least two people are facing felony charges after a 26-year-old man was shot. A 27-year-old, who rented the home for the party, was charged with aggravated assault, illegal possession or use of a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance without a container, and intoxication. A 22-year-old was also charged with aggravated assault and intoxication. Two other men, ages 19 and 33, were arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of obstruction of justice, and the remaining six were booked on suspicion of public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: December 2, 2003
Police say weekend shooting appears gang-related (Ventura, CA): Police are searching for a man who shot at a group of men in Ventura during an apparent gang-related incident. Three men were standing in the parking area of an apartment complex when a man walked up to the group from an alley west of the parking area and reportedly yelled a gang name before firing a handgun at the group. Police had not made any arrests related to the incident. No one was injured during the shooting.
Source: Ventura County Star Date: December 2, 2003
Brazen attack sign of growing gang problem (Lancaster, CA): Street gang members who may be attempting to claim a Lancaster neighborhood as their territory have been accused of beating a man who was picking up his daughter at Lancaster Christian School, officials said. After getting out of his car because a suspect kicked a dent in it, eight to 10 assailants attacked the man, knocking him down and kicking him repeatedly. The suspects, ranging in age from 10 to early 20s, had been standing in front of the school's driveway when the man had asked them to move out of his way. The victim's 13-year-old daughter was punched in the face after getting out of the car to plead with the attackers to leave her father alone. The gang members suspected in the beating are believed to have been selling drugs out of a nearby apartment complex. Sheriff's anti-gang detectives are questioning and observing gang members in the area, but no arrests have been made in the beating.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: December 2, 2003
Families reel in wake of senseless shootings (Carson and Hollywood, CA): Police are investigating two separate shootings which led to the deaths of two women, ages 19 and 43. The first shooting occurred in Carson as the 19-year-old woman was sitting in her car with a friend listening to music. Her attackers were most likely gang members targeting a small group of boys who had been chatting with her on the street. The woman's friend was wounded also during the shooting. Police believe the second shooting may have been a case of mistaken identity. The 43-year-old mother was driving her family in Hollywood when a bullet crashed through the rear windshield and struck her in the head. No arrests have been made.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: December 1, 2003
Gang-style murder on Brooklyn street (Brooklyn, NY): A 21-year-old man was gunned down and killed on a Brooklyn street. The victim was walking with two friends when two other men called his name from across the street. After crossing the street to find out who they were, they pulled out guns and shot him to death. Police say the victim was believed to be a member of the Bloods street gang. No information about suspects was available.
Source: New York Post Date: December 1, 2003
More juvenile offenders being tried as adults (Texas): More juvenile offenders in Texas are being tried as adults because of a slight increase in major crimes and a scattering of highly publicized violent crimes involving young suspects. Texas Juvenile Probation Commission statistics show that statewide the number of juveniles certified to stand trial as adults increased from 141 in 2001 to 214 last year. A juvenile certified and convicted as an adult can face tougher sentences and be sent to a prison instead of a Texas Youth Commission facility. In Texas, a juvenile as young as 14 can be tried as an adult in a felony criminal case. In Fort Worth last year, a 16-year-old boy and three other gang members were charged in the stomping death of a homeless man outside the Ripley Arnold public housing complex over a $10 rock of crack cocaine, according to prosecutors. According to Texas Youth Commission statistics, an increase in gang crimes in the state pushed the number of certifications to 535 in 1995, one of the highest totals in recent years, but have decreased by 76 percent from 1996 to 2001. A drop in gang crimes and the use of determinate sentencing contributed to the reduction, prosecutors said. With determinate sentencing, which was enhanced in the late 1990s, a youth begins a sentence in a youth facility and completes it in an adult prison. The maximum sentence is 40 years.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram Date: December 1, 2003
Man fatally shot at Wichita club (Wichita, KS): A 20-year-old man was killed at a north Wichita nightclub in an incident that police said was connected to a previous fight at the club. Police say that the incident could be gang-related since the victim was a local gang member. The suspect, a 25-year-old Wichita man, was booked on suspicion of murder and aggravated assault. According to police, he is not a local gang member but could have gang affiliations outside the city. The victim and another man were trying to enter the nightclub when the suspect and at least one other man saw them. A fight ensued, and the suspect pulled out a gun and fired shots. According to police, the killing could be payback for a beating at the club two days earlier.
Source: The Wichita Eagle Date: December 1, 2003
Police identify stabbing victim (Richmond, CA): Police arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 40-year-old man in Richmond. Police believe the stabbing was gang-related, along with jealousy over a female. Preliminary investigation indicated that the victim was stabbed elsewhere and then left in a field. Police are searching for a second suspect.
Source: Alameda Times-Star Date: November 30, 2003
Carson drive-by killing gang-related (Carson, CA): Sheriff's deputies are seeking suspects in a drive-by shooting in Carson that left a 19-year-old woman dead and another seriously wounded. The victims were in a car talking to neighborhood friends when they were shot by two or three unknown men who drove by and opened fire, according to officials. The shooting may have been gang-related.
Source: Press-Telegram Date: November 30, 2003
Gang violence grows in DC (Washington, DC): Gang violence is growing in the nation's capital. According to the chairman of a city-run neighborhood advisory committee, gangs are getting bigger and more organized. Officials say that a recent surge in violence represents nothing more than more media coverage of a preexisting problem. "It's something that's always simmering, you contain it the best you can, but it doesn't take very much to set off these disputes between these groups," said a lieutenant with the Metropolitan Police Department's Intelligence Division, adding that the groups are not typical international gangs but smaller crews specializing in selling drugs. Community activists say violent, gang-related crime is coming back. Citywide, murders are half of what they were at the peak of violence in the early-to-mid 90's, down from 454 in 1993 to 262 in 2002. The number in 2002, however, still ranked Washington first in homicides out of all U.S. cities with a population greater than 500,000. Prosecutors estimate that as much as 70 percent of homicides in the District are in some way linked to gang activity.
Source: Newsday Date: November 30, 2003
New drug-dealing gang at center of turf war (Minneapolis, MN): Minneapolis police are trying to crack down on a new gang in town. The gang, known as the Emerson Murder Boys or Boyz (EMB), has been attempting to establish drug-dealing turf on the city's north side, and there have been numerous reports of casualties. Most recently, a 14-year-old boy was seriously wounded, and at least two others were wounded in a shooting which police say involved the new gang. According to some reports, the confrontation was between the EMB and the Crips. "Most of them appear to be juveniles, but there are a few young adults involved," said an officer.
Source: Stra Tribune Date: November 28, 2003
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