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Man slain while riding in car is identified (St. Louis, MO): Homicide detectives say the shooting death of a 21-year-old man may have been gang-related and in retaliation for an earlier shooting. The victim was riding in a car when the occupants of another car fired shots. The 24-year-old driver of the victim's car was also seriously wounded.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Date: July 10, 2003
Gang injunction (Los Angeles, CA): In Los Angeles, the city attorney, police chief, and other officials said they will ask a judge to bar certain members of the Rolling 60s Crips from driving into rival turf. The injunction would prohibit two or more gang members in one vehicle from entering a neighborhood claimed by any of five named rival gangs: The Van Ness Gangsters, the Eight Trey Gangsters, the Crenshaw Mafia, the Inglewood Family and the 62 Brims. It also would place restrictions on certain Rolling 60s members, including setting a curfew and barring gang members from gathering in public.
Source: City News Service Date: July 10, 2003
Chicago to install video cameras in high-crime areas (Chicago, IL): Officials announced that portable surveillance cameras will be posted on light posts and telephone posts in Chicago neighborhoods to help fight the gang problem. This initiative is part of a new strategy called Operation Disruption, which was put in place to tackle drug dealing and gang violence. Video footage will be used for investigations and be recorded 24-hours-a-day. The mobility of the cameras will allow police to move them around the city, depending on criminal activity in different areas. A spokeswoman from the International Association of Chiefs of Police says, "The likelihood of a conviction with videotaped evidence increases. A person would be less likely to commit a crime if they're on camera."
Source: The Associated Press Date: July 10, 2003
New Bedford police seek drive-by slay suspects (New Bedford, MA): Police are looking for suspects involved in a drive-by shooting that left a 22-year-old man dead. The victim was found unconscious in the Navajo Court neighborhood and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Police are unsure if the victim was the intended target, and they have no motive for the killing.
Source: Boston Herald Date: July 10, 2003
Passenger in fatal crash shot (Central Florida): A male and female, both age 17, were injured in a drive-by shooting Tuesday night. Both were walking near their homes when a car pulled up behind them and fired several shots. The male, who was hit in the lower back, was in stable condition at a hospital. The female, who was hit in the lower leg, was treated and released. Investigators are looking for an identified car and two suspects. Seminole County sheriff's spokesman said they have not determined a motive for the shooting.
Source: Orlando Sentinel Date: July 10, 2003
Riverside County focusing on gangs (Riverside County, CA): Riverside County District Attorney is asking county and city leaders to pay for a special prosecutor to coordinate a crackdown on gangs. There are 233 active gangs with more than 8,000 members estimated in the county, according to the district attorney's office. An increased focus on intervention, prevention, and suppression is needed to contend with more mobile, powerful, and violent gangs, the Attorney General said. Funding the idea is a concern for the county finance director. He proposes that one of the current district attorney's 75 prosecutors be reassigned to give the idea an opportunity to prove its success. The Attorney General said that prosecutors are already overburdened and that he is seeking other new positions to address specific needs in the county.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: July 10, 2003
Police probe Tuesday night shooting (Shreveport, LA): A 24-year-old man was wounded in a drive-by shooting Tuesday night. The man and a woman were standing in front of a house when someone in a vehicle began shooting. Up to ten shots were fired, but the man was hit only once. His wounds appeared to be non-life threatening.
Source: The Times Date: July 9, 2003
Murder charges certified to grand jury (Staunton, VA): Three suspects, ages 20, 21, and 24, facing the possibility of life in prison for the gang-related killing of a 19-year-old male, had their cases certified to the grand jury. The 24-year-old is charged with first-degree murder, while the other two defendants are charged with accessory to murder before the fact. An investigator reported that several Crip gang members met at an apartment to order the killing prior to the incident.
Source: The Daily News Leader Date: July 9, 2003
Police identify man killed in shooting (Las Vegas, NV): A 19-year-old man was killed and an 18-year-old man was wounded in a gang-related shooting in North Las Vegas. The victims were in a parked car when a truck pulled up and someone inside fired several shots into their vehicle. The 18-year-old suffered a minor wound and was reported in good condition at a hospital. He told the police that he and the other victim were both gang members and that a rival gang member had shot them.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: July 9, 2003
Police say shooting might be gang-related (Portland, OR): Portland police are investigating a shooting that left a 23-year-old man dead after a possible gang-related shooting. His criminal history and the manner of death and circumstances surrounding the killing indicate it may be gang-related, police said. The man was sitting in the passenger seat of a car when he was shot. Police are unsure if this incident is linked to an earlier shooting that wounded two other men, ages 25 and 27.
Source: The Oregonian Date: July 9, 2003
Racine street gang crushed by task force (Racine, WI): A task force formed in 1999 has crippled the Gangster Disciples, one of the city's most violent street gang. Twenty men and one woman have been indicted on federal charges that include drug trafficking, racketeering, and homicide. Of those, thirteen have been sentenced to prison terms, and others are awaiting trial. Authorities say the work of the task force has caused gang violence to decrease dramatically. "I can't say that the gang problem in Racine has been eliminated," said Racine's chief deputy district attorney. However "there is a fundamental difference in the kinds of activities you see on the street. We don't have that kind of violence." The task force consists of members of the Racine Police Department, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Milwaukee, the Racine County district attorney's office, the Racine County Sheriff's Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Source: Journal Sentinel Date: July 9, 2003
Man shot (Salt Lake City, UT) : Salt Lake City police are investigating a shooting in which a 27-year-old man was wounded. The pedestrian was approached by four men in a vehicle; all were wearing red clothing. He was harassed for wearing blue, police said. One man in the car pulled out a gun and began shooting, striking the victim once. Police say the incident is gang-related. The victim was treated at a hospital and released.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: July 9, 2003
Gunfire between cars leaves one man dead (St. Louis, MO): A 23-year-old man was killed and another man, also 23, was wounded when numerous shots were fired from one car into another, police said. Police believe the shooting was gang-related. The wounded driver was in serious condition.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Date: July 9, 2003
Second arrest in gang-related slaying of honor student (Sacramento, CA): A second arrest has been made in what police are calling a gang-related slaying of a 15-year-old Florin High School student. A 23-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of the negligent discharge of a weapon and suspicion of murder. A week earlier, an 18-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. Witnesses told police that two or three people opened fire on a car in which the victim was one of several passengers. Investigators are uncertain who the intended target was.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: July 9, 2003
Three teens shot in possible gang-related attack (Southcrest, CA): Two 19-year-old men and a 17-year-old girl were shot and wounded in an apparent gang-related attack, police said. The victims were standing outside a business when a vehicle pulled into the parking lot. One of the occupants opened fire, striking all three victims. The car then sped toward Interstate 805. The victims were hospitalized. No arrests have been made.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: July 8, 2003
Two men shot on Highway 91 (Southern California): Two men, both 33 years old, were shot Monday while driving on Highway 91, in what police suspect was a gang-related shooting. The men were driving westbound when two men in another vehicle pulled next to them and started firing a handgun. Both men were shot several times, but did not suffer any life-threatening wounds. The two suspects sped away.
Source: Press Enterprise Date: July 8, 2003
Men recovering from gunshots (Salinas, CA): Two men, ages 20 and 23, were wounded after a possible gang-related shooting, police said. The two had been sitting in a car with a third person when a pickup pulled up to them, and occupants of both vehicles allegedly exchanged words about gang affiliation. The passenger from the pickup then took out a gun and fired at the victims, police said.
Source: The Salinas Californian Date: July 8, 2003
San Diego stabbing (San Diego, CA): A 26-year-old man suffered a stab wound in what may have been a gang-related attack, police said. The victim and a friend were at a gas station putting gas in a car when they were confronted by three men. The men punched and kicked the victim, and then stabbed him with an unknown weapon. His friend took him to a hospital where his condition was not immediately known.
Source: City News Service Date: July 8, 2003
City police link recent shootings to Hispanic gangs (Oklahoma City, OK): Oklahoma City police are linking two of five recent shootings to Hispanic gangs, and say a spree of Hispanic gang violence that has caused several deaths this year continues. Most recently, a member of the Grande Barrio Central gang was fatally shot in the parking lot of a convenience store when a shooter or shooters drove by and opened fire. Another shooting involved another suspected Grande Barrio Central member, age 16, and a 17 year-old, in a confrontation with two Southside Locos gang members. The 16 and 17-year-olds suffered gunshot wounds. No arrests have been made.
Source: Daily Oklahoman Date: July 8, 2003
Man died in drive-by shooting (Indianapolis, IN): A drive-by shooting on a Near-Northside street killed a man in his early 20s. The victim was standing on the street when two men drove past him and fired shots, striking him in the head. Police do not know the motive for the shooting.
Source: The Indianapolis Star Date: July 8, 2003
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