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Teenage shooting victim is jailed (Augusta, GA): An 18-year-old victim of an alleged drive-by shooting was jailed after authorities found that he and others were involved in suspected gang activity and that he was shot by a member of his own gang, officials said. The man was charged with aggravated assault and three felony weapons charges. Four others were also arrested and charged in an incident that police say might be a result of fighting between two rival gangs, Southern Killa Boys and Fairington Gangsta Thugs.
Source: The Augusta Chronicle Date: January 17, 2004
Five teens arrested in drive-by killing of Marietta boy (Smyrna, GA): Five teens ranging in age from 14 to 17 are suspected of killing a 16-year-old Marietta boy during a gang-related drive-by shooting, police said. The victim, believed to be a member of the Riverside gang, was visiting friends at a house when the five teens, members of the rival gang SUR-13, drove up and fired shots into the group, an officer said. According to police, SUR-13 is the largest gang in the area.
Source: The Telegraph Date: January 16, 2004
Reputed gang leader sentenced to life in prison (Hammond, IN): The reputed leader of the Bronx Boys gang has been sentenced to life in federal prison for allegedly supplying cocaine to gang members. Federal prosecutors say he provided cocaine to the Bronx Boys, who, along with other gangs, ruled the street-level drug trade in Gary during the late 1990s. He was convicted for alleged criminal activity that occurred from 1997 through 2000. He was also sentenced to a total of 82 years in prison for four other charges.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: January 16, 2004
Taxi suspect (Santa Ana, CA): A reputed Santa Ana gang member was charged with murder for allegedly killing a 34-year-old cabbie, in an alley, less than a week before Thanksgiving. The 20-year-old man is an alleged active member of the Townsend Street gang and already had been held on $1 million bail in connection with earlier nonfatal attacks involving brass knuckles and a gun. The new charges, which include murder and the special circumstance of murder in the furtherance of gang activity, mean that he could potentially face the death penalty. His previous charges alleged that he attacked and wounded a man to promote, further, and assist in felony criminal conduct by members of that gang.
Source: City News Service Date: January 16, 2004
Boy wounded in drive-by shooting (Panorama City, CA): A 16-year-old boy was in critical condition after being hit by gunfire in a drive-by shooting outside the Panorama City Mall. The boy was walking with an acquaintance outside the mall when a man opened fire on them, police said. "As the van approached the two males, one of the suspects in the vehicle fired six shots," an officer said. "No words were exchanged." Police are searching for several suspects who fled the scene.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: January 16, 2004
Police say killing was a retaliation (San Diego, CA): Officials believe the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man is in retaliation for the strangulation of a 49-year-old man in a Memorial neighborhood. Detectives arrested a 22-year-old on suspicion of murder and a 25-year-old for a parole violation. Shortly after, police arrested a 34-year-old and a 37-year-old on two counts of robbery and one count of murder in connection with the strangulation. Both deaths are linked to gang activity, police said.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: January 16, 2004
Kaine seeks harsher penalties for juvenile gun law offenders (Richmond, VA): Under new proposed legislation by the lieutenant governor, minors convicted of carrying illegal weapons could be sent immediately to a juvenile detention facility. This "Juvenile Exile" bill would allow judges to sentence minors to a detention center after just one misdemeanor firearms conviction. "(We're) not creating new laws, but doing a better job of enforcing the existing law, which makes it illegal for a juvenile to use a gun," the lieutenant governor said. The proposal is modeled after Richmond's "Project Exile," a program that cut Richmond's homicide rate by nearly one-third in its first year. In addition, the attorney general is proposing a bill to make it a felony to recruit a juvenile to join a gang or to use force to make somebody join a gang. A separate bill would create a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years for a third gang-related conviction.
Source: Daily Press Date: January 16, 2004
Man, 18, killed in slaying described as gang-related (Fort Worth, TX): An 18-year-old man was killed outside a convenience store after he and a relative got into an altercation with three other men. Witnesses, who said the killing was gang-related, told police that the victim and a relative were involved in an argument that turned into a fight with three men. One of the men pulled a gun and shot the victim in the head. The suspects ran across the street and drove away in a vehicle. Police later arrested two men who are being questioned in the incident.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram Date: January 15, 2004
Four charged in home invasions (DeSoto County, TN): Police have charged four members of the Gangster Disciples with armed robbery in connection with home invasion robberies of Hispanics. The charges stem from a multiagency series of arrests of gang members earlier this month. Officials say the gang took a total of more than $100,000 from more than 200 victims from September through December. Most of the victims were Hispanic. Two gang members, ages 23 and 24, were charged with armed robbery, burglary of a dwelling, and conspiracy to burglarize a dwelling in connection with the home invasion robbery. Three victims were involved in that robbery, but no one was injured. Two others, both age 23, were charged with a home invasion robbery in an incident with six victims. One victim was struck on the head with a pistol but was not seriously injured.
Source: The Commercial Appeal Date: January 15, 2004
Man, teen injured in attack with baseball bats (Fort Worth, TX): A 21-year-old man and a 15-year-old teenager were seriously injured when they were attacked with baseball bats in what police say was likely a gang-related dispute. Witnesses said a car carrying at least three males stopped in front of a residence where several people had gathered, and gang signs were apparently flashed between the groups. The men in the car got out and attacked the two victims. Three suspects were arrested at gunpoint after officers stopped the car.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram Date: January 15, 2004
DC gang leader gets 20 years in string of crimes (Washington, DC): A gang leader that prosecutors say committed scores of carjackings, robberies, and car thefts in the District was sentenced to a 20-year prison term. The 20-year-old man was a leader of a gang called the ICC Crew. After its formation, the group became more organized and more violent. The most serious of the gang's crimes, which began in the summer of 2002, was when a man was beaten into a coma and sustained brain damage during a robbery. In the months that the suspect was leading the gang, it was responsible for at least 30 armed robberies and carjackings. After his arrest in 2002, the gang continued to recruit more participants and continued committing crimes. In total, the gang allegedly stole more than 100 vehicles in addition to carjackings.
Source: The Washington Post Date: January 15, 2004
One dead, one injured in attack (Los Angeles, CA): Police shot and seriously wounded a man suspected of killing a 19-year-old in an apparent gang-related attack in the Crenshaw district. The 27-year-old suspect was with a 14-year-old when they approached the victim in an alley. The suspect shot the man and fled with his accomplice. As he was being pursued by police, the shooter fell down and fired shots at officers. Police fired back, hitting the man multiple times. The second suspect was also arrested.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: January 15, 2004
Gang member held in Concord killing (Concord, CA): A 21-year-old Richmond gang member was arrested on suspicion of fatally shooting a 23-year-old man during an argument between the occupants of two cars on a downtown Concord street. A 20-year-old man suspected of being the driver of the car in which the shooter was riding was also arrested on the same charges. The suspected shooter has a long history of gang affiliation in Richmond, and his accomplice also has some gang ties. Police added that the victim had no gang affiliations.
Source: Contra Costa Times Date: January 15, 2004
Police target suspected gang shoot-out (Paterson, NJ): Authorities charged three men, ages 31, 34, and 35, with drug possession and distribution and are investigating whether they are part of the Jamaican Posse street gang. Detectives reported recovering 51 bags of marijuana and $160 in crack cocaine. In recent months, Jamaican gangs have emerged and established territory in Paterson, authorities said.
Source: The Record Date: January 15, 2004
Senator seeks tougher gang laws (Syracuse, NY): An anti-gang initiative proposed by a New York senator will allow local prosecutors to bring federal charges against gang members and more money into the local war on street violence. The proposed legislation would make recruiting a minor into a gang a federal crime and make the commission of two gang-related crimes punishable by up to 30 years in prison. The senator said it would make it easier for prosecutors to seek the death penalty for gang slayings, treat violent 16-year-old gang members as adults, and avoid the complicated and time-consuming use of federal racketeering laws to go after gangs. The Criminal Street Gang Abatement Act would also bring $463 million in federal funding to help law enforcement officers and prosecutors fight gang violence over the next five years. An additional $40 million a year in federal money would flow to programs such as the local Violence Intervention and Prevention Program. Police reported over 900 gang members in Onondaga County, and Syracuse had a record 24 homicides and historic levels of shooting and other street violence in 2002, much of which is attributed to gang-related disputes.
Source: The Post-Standard Date: January 15, 2004
Graffiti visible around town (Bernalillo, NM): Police are searching for local gang members who have left graffiti on several buildings in Bernalillo. Police say they know of a 14-year-old male suspect. He was believed to have been riding with members of the Berna Town gang at the time of the graffiti incidents.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: January 14, 2004
Gang suppression (Los Angeles, CA): The Sheriff of Los Angeles County recently claimed success in the county's war on gang violence. In six weeks, deputies on the department's anti-gang Community Problems Assessment and Suppression Teams made 322 felony arrests and 530 misdemeanor arrests, according to the team's monthly administrative report. Deputies also interviewed more than 650 people, many of whom are gang members. A supervisor whose district has reported the highest number of gang-related homicides for the past three years said these interviews are key to keeping the peace in many neighborhoods. "I do think intelligence is the key to a lot of the prevention of problems that result from having events within parks and other areas," she said. "We need to have the ability to identify (gang members)." Teams were deployed in areas served by the East Los Angeles, Lennox, Century, and Compton sheriff's stations.
Source: City News Service Date: January 13, 2004
Denver homicides on a fast clip (Denver, CO): Denver's five homicides this month are more than double the toll for all of January last year, and at least three of the slayings had gang ties, police officials said. There were only two homicides in January of 2003, while there were eight in 2002. Last year by this time, police had logged three gang-related aggravated assaults and one felony menacing. That compares with two aggravated assaults, one drive-by shooting with no injuries, and two felony menacing incidents police believe are gang-related this year, an officer said. The most recent homicides include the death of a 31-year-old former gang member who was shot while sitting in a car near a bar, police say. In the second incident, a 24-year-old man was fatally shot after getting into a fight at a party. Earlier in the month, a 20-year-old suspected gang member was gunned down after getting into an argument with two members of a north Denver gang. The two are being held for investigation of first-degree murder in the shooting.
Source: Rocky Mountain News Date: January 13, 2004
Unified fight on gangs urged (Los Angeles, CA): Following a two-day conference in Los Angeles, federal and local law enforcement officials believe that a national strategy similar to that used against organized crime and in current counterterrorism efforts must be created to fight street gangs. The conference was held to help change long-standing perceptions regarding gangs. Gangs are growing, becoming more sophisticated, and "migrating" into medium- and small-sized cities, officials said. Law enforcement agencies must find a unified approach to combat them. In Los Angeles County, homicides dropped about 20 percent in 2003. Gang activity, however, has not decreased, with 96,000 suspected gang members in the county.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: January 12, 2004
After-school program aimed at countering gang recruiting (Fairfax, VA): The Fairfax Board of Supervisors chairman has proposed expanding after-school opportunities to counter gang involvement. The proposal would allow children of poor families free enrollment in the county's after-school child care program. Currently, about 10,000 students are enrolled in the school-age child care program, which operates before and after school. Many children whose parents cannot afford the program lack any adult supervision during those hours and are vulnerable to pressure from older teenagers to join gangs. Officials in charge of the program were asked to come up with plans for a privately funded "scholarship" program by June. It is unclear how many scholarships would be available. This initiative would be one of many efforts in Virginia to crack down on gangs. Lawmakers will also be considering several anti-gang bills that would stiffen sentences for gang offenses and expand the list of crimes punishable as gang activity.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: January 12, 2004
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