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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
Bar code suspect arrested (Las Vegas, NV): A man accused of shooting and killing a rival gang member in front of a downtown Olympia nightclub was arrested at a motel in Las Vegas. The 24-year-old was arrested on charges of first-degree murder with a deadly weapon and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. Police previously arrested and charged two other men, who police believe are friends of the victim, with attempted first-degree murder with a deadly weapon and illegal possession of firearms. The two men fired shots as the suspect was fleeing the scene. They are all believed to be members of rival gangs in Lakewood.
Source: The Olympian Date: April 13, 2004
Five arrested in nasty gang graffiti spree (Omaha, NE): A week after Omaha officials announced an anti-graffiti initiative, five men face charges from allegedly spray-painting gang graffiti on cars and businesses, then assaulting the people who saw them. Those arrested are allegedly from the same street gang as three people arrested for painting graffiti on buildings near the Omaha Police Department. The men were arrested on suspicion of crimes ranging from misdemeanor assault and graffiti, to being minors in possession of alcohol.
Source: Omaha World-Herald Date: April 12, 2004
Man dies in drive-by shooting (LaPlace, LA): A 20-year-old man was fatally shot during a drive-by shooting in a Reserve community. The man was standing in a front yard with his friends when someone in a passing car fired at the group, police said. Authorities believe a long-simmering feud between two rival groups led to the shooting. It is unclear whether the man was the intended target.
Source: The Times-Picayune Date: April 11, 2004
Reputed gang leader gets life sentence in drug case (Chicago, IL): A reputed high-ranking leader of the Gangsters Disciples street gang was sentenced to life imprisonment in federal court for conspiring to deal crack cocaine at a former Chicago public housing building on the West Side. The man was identified as a Gangster Disciples "governor" over the entire West Side, in particular, a 10-story building in Rockwell Gardens.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: April 8, 2004
Gang tie suspected in killing (Yuba City, CA): Detectives believe the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy may be related to a dispute between two Latino gangs. "We believe the victim in this case to be connected with the Sureno street gang. The suspects are believed to be Nortenos. Over the last three years, violence between the two gangs has increased in frequency and seriousness," an officer said.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: April 7, 2004
Shooting victim had hoped to leave gangs (Madera, CA): Police have arrested two men and are seeking three others in a gang-related shooting that left a 22-year-old man dead. The suspects allegedly shot the victim from a car and then fled the scene. California Highway Patrol officers chased them briefly and arrested a 23-year-old man and another man, who was later released. Three others jumped out and ran before authorities could arrest them. The 23-year-old man was charged with suspicion of conspiracy to commit homicide with a gang enhancement.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: April 7, 2004
Suspected member of gang arrested (Franklin, NJ): The arrest of a 22-year-old man was the result of a two-week investigation by detectives with the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force, authorities said. The man, a suspected Bloods gang member, was caught selling heroin to an undercover detective. In addition to the undercover sale, the man is also charged with distributing heroin to a 41-year-old man, who was later arrested. Police say the 22-year-old man was wearing Bloods colors and had tattoos signifying his membership in the gang.
Source: Courier News Date: April 7, 2004
Gang graffiti, crimes mulitply (Salt Lake City, UT): According to Salt Lake City police, a recent increase in gang graffiti may be a precursor to gang battles on the streets. "I can't remember seeing this much gang graffiti and this amount of disrespect between gangs since 1997 or 1996," an officer said, adding that the two factors correlate to crime rates that have risen sharply for the second year in a row. Statistics show a 21.9 percent increase in graffiti from 3,981 cases in 2002 to 4,854 cases last year, paired with a 22.8 percent increase in all other gang crime, from 1,252 cases to 1,538 cases. Gang crime rose 50.5 percent in 2002. The majority of the graffiti is believed to be young gang members attempting "stepping stone crimes."
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: April 7, 2004
Lincoln Park area injunction is expanded (San Diego, CA): At a recent meeting, town leaders decided to modify an injunction by adding 21 gang members who are barred from a variety of activities within a roughly two-square-mile section of southeastern San Diego, including gathering or appearing in public with any member of the gang they claim. Some of the other 37 prohibited activities are approaching or signaling any moving vehicles on any street unless required by a legitimate emergency, littering in any public place, wearing gang clothing, and making or encouraging others to make loud noise. According to police, the members listed in the injunction are considered the leaders and the most violent of the estimated 140 members of the particular gang.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: April 6, 2004
Shooting outside club linked to gang violence (Pahokee, FL): A heated rivalry between two gangs, Dogs Under Fire and Pahokee Boyz, led to a shooting that left one man dead and another man injured. The man had stepped outside of Club Static when he was caught in a crossfire between the two gangs. He was shot twice, and another man suffered minor wounds. Authorities say the triggerman is believed to be a 22-year-old member of the Dogs Under Fire gang. Other arrests are pending.
Source: The Palm Beach Post Date: April 6, 2004
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