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Suspect sentenced in Weathersby shooting (Pasadena, CA): A reputed gang member was sentenced to multiple terms of life in prison for the drive-by shooting that wounded a Cincinnati Bengals cornerback. Officials said the man was sentenced to two life terms plus one term of 25 years to life. He was found guilty of attempting to murder two men on April 20, 2003. The two men were allegedly shot at because they were mistaken for rival gang members. He was also convicted of two counts of shooting from a motor vehicle and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: February 6, 2004
Anti-gang force taking criminals to task (Northern Virginia): An anti-gang task force in Northern Virginia has made more than 200 arrests since it formed in July. Police have made 65 felony and 137 misdemeanor arrests and seized 46 weapons, 208 grams of cocaine, 31 grams of heroine, and 20 grams of marijuana. Virginia's attorney general formed the statewide task force in July, which is comprised of police officers and officials from Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties, as well as Herndon, Leesburg, Manassas, and Manassas Park. Fairfax county police estimate that there are 4,300 gang members in Northern Virginia. In addition to the task force, county officials have also scheduled community forums to talk about gang problems. Police believe that increased gang activity is the result of immigrants coming from El Salvador.
Source: The Washington Times Date: February 6, 2004
Wanted gang leader nabbed in Harbor Gateway (Los Angeles, CA): The reputed leader of the Soul Brothers street gang, who was wanted on narcotics and conspiracy charges, was apprehended by U.S. marshals in the Harbor Gateway area, officials said. The 56-year-old man was being sought on an August 2003 warrant charging him with possession with intent to distribute phencyclidine or PCP, operating "laboratories" that made the narcotic, and arranging the purchase of the chemicals needed to produce it.
Source: Copley News Service Date: February 5, 2004
Two hurt in shooting (Madera, CA): Two male juveniles suffered minor wounds after being shot from gunfire between two vehicles in northeast Madera. The two vehicles were in a chase when someone inside a truck opened fire and hit the two males walking down a street. The suspects are described as Hispanic men, authorities said. Police believe the shooting is gang-related.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: February 5, 2004
Five arrests made in September killing of Long Island man near his home (Mineola, NY): Police arrested five people, four men and one woman, for allegedly killing a 37-year-old man during a gang-related robbery attempt. The four men are self-proclaimed members of the Latin Kings street gang, and their motivation was simply to go out and steal from other people, police said. The victim was said to be a random target for the five assailants' crime spree in southwestern Nassau.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: February 5, 2004
Joint effort to fight gang activity announced (Buffalo, NY): Top area law enforcement and government officials pledged a joint probe of gang activity in Buffalo as six people were indicted in a November robbery scheme at a Cheektowaga hotel. The joint probe was announced as three men and three women, all from Buffalo, were indicted on robbery and other charges linked to a holdup of some men in a Cheektowaga hotel room. Authorities say the incident involved prostitution.
Source: The Buffalo News Date: February 5, 2004
Twelfth local resident admits Boot Camp membership (Syracuse, NY): A 25-year-old Syracuse man has admitted being a member of the Boot Camp street gang. The man pleaded guilty in federal court to a racketeering conspiracy charge, admitting he was a Boot Camp member and sold crack cocaine on the South Side, an assistant U.S. attorney said. His guilty plea was the 12th from the 26 alleged Boot Camp members indicted last summer. Under federal sentencing guidelines, he is likely to get no more than 12 1/2 years in prison.
Source: The Post-Standard Date: February 5, 2004
Man convicted of accessory charge in slaying (Alamogordo, NM): A Clovis man who was charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old Alamogordo man last year has been convicted of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and tampering with evidence. The shooting, which occurred on March 11, 2003, was gang-related, according to an attorney. The man was the first of the seven indicted to go to trial.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: February 5, 2004
Three arrested following fight (Anchorage, AK): Police arrested and charged an 18-year-old man with assault and weapons misconduct in connection with a shooting in east Anchorage. Officials believe the incident was between two rival youth gangs. The fight began between two individuals but escalated into a melee involving at least eight people. Two 16-year-old boys were also charged with disorderly conduct. No injuries were reported in the shooting.
Source: Anchorage Daily News Date: February 5, 2004
Three people injured in gang attack (Worcester, MA): Two teenagers, ages 16 and 17, and a 38-year-old man were attacked by a group of men with swords, pool cues, and a metal stick during a gang-related altercation in the Gates Street neighborhood, police said. According to witnesses, the suspects were in their cars, and the two teens were sitting on a street. The suspects pulled up in their vehicles and attacked the 16-year-old and 17-year-old, according to a police report. The 38-year-old witnessed the attack and was attacked while trying to help. The three victims were taken to a local hospital and their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. Police said the suspects are believed to be in an Asian gang known as the Blackbirds. No arrests have been made.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette Date: February 5, 2004
Gang sweep on Long Island (Islip, NY): Federal prosecutors announced charges against 30 alleged gang members, accusing them of gang-related violence across Long Island. The charges involve five murders, including that of a 14-year-old boy who was shot in September while riding his bicycle. Prosecutors believe he was mistaken for a member of a rival gang because he was dressed in blue. Other charges involve a firebombing, drive-by shootings, stabbings, robberies, and drug deals dating to the late 1990s. Officials said the suspects included leaders of the Bloods gang in Nassau, MS-13, and a lesser-known gang calling itself "Murder Unit" on the North Fork. Seven of those charged face a possible death penalty, and many others face life in prison. The gang roundup took place over the last month, after an investigation that had been under way for years, authorities said.
Source: Newsday Date: February 4, 2004
Two Santa Clara teens stable after unprovoked stabbing (Sunnyvale, CA): Two teenagers, ages 15 and 16, were wounded after an apparently unprovoked attack outside a pizza parlor in Sunnyvale, police said. Authorities say the male suspect, between 16 to 20 years old, fled the scene with another male after he stabbed the victims. "We believe it's possibly gang-related, but it's important to note that this is an unprovoked attack," an officer said. "We don't have any evidence that our victims did anything other than just be present there at the pizza parlor."
Source: San Jose Mercury News Date: February 4, 2004
Assault weapon found during bust of drug dealing suspect (Alameda, CA): Police arrested a 23-year-old Oakland man who is accused of dealing methamphetamine in Alameda. At the time of his arrest, the man was on probation for possessing stolen property. Along with discovering a large amount of drugs at his residence, evidence was also found linking the man to the Crips street gang, police said. The man's 44-year-old roommate was also arrested for having a warrant accusing him of possessing a controlled substance. He could face additional charges related to the narcotics found in the residence.
Source: Contra Costa Times Date: February 3, 2004
Nightclub shooting (Los Angeles, CA): Detectives are investigating an alleged gang-related shooting that left two men, ages 25 and 31, wounded at an East Hollywood nightclub. Officials believe that the older man was the intended target. Four men in their mid-to-late 20s were seen leaving the scene in a car.
Source: City News Service Date: February 3, 2004
Rubbing out graffiti (El Paso, TX): Police say a tagging "war" among several crews is behind a rash of graffiti in the Lower Valley. As of January 28, 76 graffiti cases were reported to El Paso police, compared with 60 reported cases in all of January 2003. While the vandalism has been removed, investigation into the graffiti continues. Tagger groups, or "crews," try to outdo rivals by seeing who can vandalize more spots. These groups are less inclined toward violence than street gangs, who use graffiti to mark turf. Police have identified 84 active tagging crews in El Paso.
Source: El Paso Times Date: February 3, 2004
San Diego shooting (San Diego, CA): Two men suffered minor wounds in a possible gang-related shooting, authorities said. The two men were walking when a car stopped near them, and a man pulled out a gun and fired three rounds, striking both men. Both men were treated at local hospitals. Police are continuing the investigation.
Source: City News Service Date: February 3, 2004
Suspect held in shooting death (South Valley, NM): Police arrested a 20-year-old man who they believe killed a 21-year-old man and wounded a teen. The shooting appears to be gang-related. Officials say the two men may have intended to meet at the Tom Tenorio Memorial Park to fight when the incident occurred.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: February 3, 2004
Gang link seen in girl's shooting (Fresno, CA): Police are searching for three men involved in a gang-related shooting that left a man and a 6-year-old girl injured. A man who was involved in a disturbance at a Johnny Quick food store went to the victim's house and knocked on his door. Three men occupied a car parked on the street, and when the victim told the men to leave, someone in the back seat pulled a gun, shooting the victim and his 6-year-old niece.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: February 3, 2004
Shootings raise gang fears (Portland, OR): While the recent murder of a known Bloods gang member in broad daylight has raised fears that gang battles are returning, police say it is nowhere near the height of violence in the 1990s. Gang violence in Portland has been on the rise for the past two years, but police say it is important to keep things in perspective. In 1994, there were 867 aggravated assaults with handguns, while last year there were only 250. Police are still concerned about the recent increase in violence but are unsure what is causing it. "If we don't know what's causing it, we can't defuse it," said one gang officer. Drive-by shootings have become one of the biggest concerns in neighborhoods as residents worry about becoming unintended victims of shootings. While police have only theories for the violence, it is possible that some of the Portland gang leaders who were recently released from prison are trying to settle old scores. Three of the five recent shootings in Portland involved people with gang ties.
Source: The Oregonian Date: February 3, 2004
Lynwood shooting (Lynwood, CA): Police are looking for a 16- to 20-year-old male suspect in connection with a fatal shooting of a 27-year-old man. The victim was leaving a liquor store in Lynwood when he was approached by the suspect. "There was a verbal exchange and, to whatever extent, the response was unfavorable to that of the suspect," a deputy said.
Source: City News Service Date: February 2, 2004
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