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Police break up DC's largest PCP ring (Washington, DC): Law enforcement officials have dismantled the largest PCP ring in DC after a two-year investigation that targeted a Northeast Washington gang and its suppliers in New York. Twenty-six people face charges in the case, but authorities only have 20 suspects in custody at this point. The drug ring allegedly distributed PCP to customers from DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Source: The Washington Post Date: March 17, 2004
Police think deadly shoot-out gang-related (San Antonio, TX): A 15-year-old boy was fatally shot, and a 17-year-old boy was wounded in what police say was likely a gang-related shoot-out. The shooting occurred in the parking lot of Mittman Fine Foods when the 15-year-old and a friend were confronted by a group of seven or eight young men. The groups exchanged words, and guns were drawn. The 15-year-old victim had a small-caliber weapon, police said. After several shots were fired, someone pulled out a shotgun and ended the gunfight. Police said the boy likely injured the 17-year-old with a gunshot wound. Police have not made any arrests.
Source: San Antonio Express-News Date: March 17, 2004
Man stabbed in fight outside apartment (San Diego, CA): A 19-year-old man was stabbed in a fight after he and his friends drove up to an apartment in Mount Hope, police said. As the man and his three friends got out of their car, three or four men approached them making comments related to a street gang. The two groups began fighting, and the 19-year-old was stabbed. The wound did not appear to be life-threatening.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: March 17, 2004
Five held, one sought in teen's murder (Cook County, IL): Five teens, ranging in age from 16 to 18, were arrested and charged in the stabbing and murder of a 16-year-old teen. All five suspects will face one charge of first-degree murder and one charge of aggravated battery. Law enforcement officials say the motive for the attack was a feud between rival street gangs in the Maine Township area.
Source: Daily Herald Date: March 17, 2004
Gunshot an unsettling wake-up call (Lowell, MA): Police are investigating two shootings in Lowell that are believed to be gang-related. In both shootings, houses were fired upon, but no one was injured. Police arrested a 22-year-old man for his involvement in the first shooting. He was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, armed assault with intent to murder, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building. The suspect is said to be a member of a street gang, and police believe the shooting may have stemmed from a dispute with another group. There have been no arrests in connection with the second shooting. However, police did arrest a 17-year-old boy, also a member of a street gang, who repeatedly used vulgar language toward an officer who ordered him to stop for questioning.
Source: The Lowell Sun Date: March 17, 2004
Police investigate stabbing deaths (Las Vegas, NV): Police are investigating whether gang members are responsible for two separate stabbing deaths. A 24-year-old man was stabbed to death after fighting with a group of people in an apartment complex parking lot. The victim, who was sitting with three other men, was approached by a group of young adults, and a confrontation ensued, police said. Another man was also stabbed, but his wounds were not life-threatening. Police believe the group that stabbed the men may have been involved in another fatal stabbing that occurred only a few hours later. In that incident, gang members exchanged words with members of another gang. Two men and one woman were wounded during the stabbing. According to police, an 18-year-old man died from his wounds.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: March 16, 2004
Man shot, killed at apartment (Las Vegas, NV): A man in his 30s was shot and killed at an apartment complex in Las Vegas. The victim was gunned down as he tried to enter his apartment, police said. Witnesses told police they believe the slaying may have been gang-related. No arrests have been made.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: March 15, 2004
Three men injured in two shootings (San Diego, CA): In San Diego, three young men were injured in two separate gang-related shootings, which occurred 15 minutes apart, police said. In the first shooting, two 18-year-old men were standing at an intersection in the Mountain View area when a car pulled up next to them and someone yelled out a gang name. Several shots were fired in their direction, striking one man three times and grazing the other man. The second shooting occurred when a 22-year-old man was crossing a street in Mount Hope. A car pulled up next to him, and someone yelled out a gang name. Several shots were fired at the man, striking him once, police said. The victims' injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: March 15, 2004
Riverhead acts to deter gang troubles (Riverhead, NY): The Riverhead school district launched a pilot program this semester aimed at discouraging gang violence. The program is modeled after a program, developed by the National Council for Unity, which focuses on reducing violence and gang activity in schools and communities. The program was adopted as a preventative measure since teen gangs have become a growing concern on Long Island. Nearly 40 upper-grade students are participating in the program. The techniques used range from "empowering" youngsters and building self-esteem through special programs, to establishing community partnerships that devise ways to deal with the threat of gang violence.
Source: Newsday Date: March 14, 2004
Two slain, two hurt in shooting at midtown club (Sacramento, CA): Police are investigating a gang-related shooting outside a Sacramento nightclub that left two men dead and two men injured. Authorities said the violence occurred as two groups of men traded angry words over a "disrespect issue," and shots were fired. No arrests have been made.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: March 14, 2004
Two arrested in shooting (Fresno, CA): Police arrested two men, ages 19 and 30, in a drive-by shooting in southeast Fresno. Two men in an SUV pulled into an apartment complex, one of the men opened fire on a group of men there, and fled, police said. No one was hit by the gunfire. According to police, the vehicle was spotted a short time later, and the two men were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon with gang enhancements.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: March 14, 2004
Shooting at Cypress club leaves one dead (Cypress, CA): In Cypress, one woman was killed, and four people were wounded in a gang-related shooting at the Fifth Wave Cafe, police said. The club, which is frequented by many Korean Americans, had about 200 people there when the shooting occurred inside. The killers fled in a car and were believed to be members of Los Angeles County gangs, police said. Police are looking for three suspects.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: March 14, 2004
Deputies crack down on gang crime (Sacramento, CA): Sacramento authorities are cracking down on what has become a violent and gang-ridden beginning to 2004. Since January, there have been 19 homicides, following 38 in all of 2003. Recently, more than 40 officers were tasked with patrolling south Sacramento, an area with an unusual spike in shootings and attacks, looking for anything related to drug sales, illegal weapons, and gang activity. One night of patrolling brought several arrests, including a 27-year-old Norteno member who tried to avoid officers after they spotted him riding a bicycle without a headlight on a dark street. He was arrested on two warrants totaling $20,000. A 24-year-old Norteno member was arrested after officers pulled up to an illegally parked car with three occupants. Upon searching the car, an officer found crack cocaine paraphernalia in the man's pockets. The man also admitted to having a warrant out for his arrest for violating parole. A total of 22 arrests were made that night, with two more just after midnight. Most involved gun and drug charges.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: March 14, 2004
Suspects of gang-related shooting arrested (Pasadena, CA): In East Valinda, a man and woman, both 26, were arrested by deputies in the shooting death of a 19-year-old man on his front lawn. Gang experts at the sheriff's Industry Station say the shooting is gang-related because the individuals involved are known gang members.
Source: Pasadena Star-News Date: March 13, 2004
Gunman opens fire in tattoo parlor (North Hills, CA): Police are searching for a man who opened fire in a tattoo parlor, wounding three people. The gunman walked into the shop, opened fire, then fled in a car, police said. The shooting is believed to be gang-related.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: March 13, 2004
Drive-by shootings suspect pursued (Bernalillo and Albuquerque, NM): Police are looking for a 25-year-old man they say is a local gang member responsible for five drive-by shootings and for threatening a woman. Police believe that the incidents are in retaliation for a February 20 shooting which involved two men belonging to rival gangs. One man was fatally shot in that incident. The suspect's cousin, 21, was arrested in connection to a drive-by shooting which occurred on March 4. Three homes have been the targets of the recent shootings, but no one has been injured.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: March 13, 2004
Teen stabbed, beaten to death (Park Ridge, IL): A 16-year-old male was stabbed and beaten to death near an apartment complex in Maine Township in what police believe was a gang-related attack, authorities said. The teenager was stabbed repeatedly and beaten with two-by-fours, according to authorities. A second victim was taken to a hospital. No arrests have been made.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: March 13, 2004
Gang violence waning, but not gone (Bloomington and Normal, IL): In Bloomington and Normal, law enforcement and the community are keeping a close eye on the cities' gang activity to avoid the same level of violence that occurred in 2002 and early 2003. During the first half of 2003, there was steady gang activity. Although gang violence decreased in the second half of the year, police warn the public to not assume the worst is over. Through December 31, 2003, there were 36 gang-motivated crimes, 19 of which involved the possession or use of a firearm. That statistic is noticeably down from 2002, when 51 gang-motivated offenses were reported, including 29 gun crimes ranging from possession to murder. According to a Bloomington police criminal intelligence analyst, the recent drop-off in gang crime is due partly to more gang members being put in prison. Police estimate there are currently more than 500 gang members in the Twin Cities.
Source: The Pantagraph Date: March 13, 2004
Police still seeking clues in teen's shooting death (Anaheim, CA): In Anaheim, police are investigating a gang-related shooting that left an 18-year-old woman dead. Police believe the woman was a bystander in the shooting, which was believed to be prompted by gang rivalry. The woman was shot by a gunman while talking to a group of friends, which included some suspected gang members.
Source: The Orange County Register Date: March 12, 2004
Teen held on suspicion of attempted homicide (Salinas, CA): A 17-year-old Salinas boy was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide during a gang-related shooting, police said. The teen shot at a 16-year-old boy, who was holding his niece in the parking lot of an apartment complex when the shots were fired. The victim was hit three times, but the wounds were not life-threatening, police said. The suspect was taken to Juvenile Hall.
Source: Monterey County Herald Date: March 12, 2004
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