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Crips target of prison lockdown (Sacramento, CA): Authorities at Corcoran State Prison have locked the African-American general-population inmates in their cells as they investigate whether incarcerated members of the Crips street gang are conspiring to attack prison staffers in retaliation for the anticipated execution of the gang's co-founder. Last month, correctional officers at Corcoran discovered a so-called "kite," or written message, directing Crips to attack and kill high-ranking prison staff members. Two other prisons, Pelican Bay in northern California and Salinas Valley in Soledad, have also locked down about 3,800 inmates of all races because of recent assaults on staff members by African-American inmates.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: July 1, 2003
Police think slaying suspect still in Athens (Athens, GA): Athens-Clarke police are searching for a 21-year-old male for malice murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a deadly weapon in the commission of a crime. The victim, a 28-year-old male, was allegedly shot in the Bethel Homes gated apartment complex and later died at a hospital. Police do not know the motive for the shooting. The victim's brother vowed vengeance against "the TrapBoyz," which is reportedly a local rap group.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald Date: July 1, 2003
Drive-by shooting leaves two dead (Chicago, IL): Two men, ages 24 and 30, were killed in an alleged drive-by shooting on South Side, Chicago police said. The two men were sitting in a parked car when the shooting occurred. Police are seeking at least two suspects.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: June 30, 2003
Boy, 16, fatally shot in Richmond (Richmond, VA): A 16-year-old boy was killed during an apparent drive-by shooting on Richmond's North Side, according to police. Three male suspects are being sought by police in connection with the shooting.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch Date: June 30, 2003
Two shot in Northeast Valley around daybreak (Pacoima, CA): The Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Division are investigating an apparent gang-related shooting that left a 23-year-old wounded. He was shot while standing in front of his home as a gunman drove by. A second 40-year-old victim was wounded during an argument with another gunman near an intersection, police said. No arrests have been made in these separate attacks.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: June 30, 2003
Three boys hurt, one seriously, in drive-by (Chicago, IL): On the Northwest Side of Chicago, a 10-year-old boy was seriously wounded and two other teens, ages 15 and 17, were injured during a drive-by shooting, police said. Two of the victims were taken to hospitals, and one victim was treated at the scene. There were no suspects in custody.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: June 29, 2003
Woman killed in gang confrontation (Compton, CA): A man with an assault rifle killed a 23-year-old woman after asking her boyfriend about his gang affiliation, authorities said. The victim and her boyfriend were standing on a sidewalk when a car pulled up. A passenger asked what gang the boyfriend belonged to before firing at the couple. Investigation is continuing.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: June 29, 2003
Gang tie to killing of bicyclist (Syracuse, NY): A 22-year-old male was fatally shot during a drive-by shooting in the south side of Syracuse, police said. The victim, who was a member of the Elk Block street gang, was gunned down by someone in a car as he rode his bicycle, police said. Police have not determined if the shooting was gang-related, but said the incident occurred in an area controlled by the Boot Camp gang. During the same week, a federal grand jury indicted 24 people for being members of the Boot Camp gang. They were accused of using systematic violence to control their territory and the drug trade they conducted there. Police say the investigation is progressing.
Source: The Post-Standard Date: June 29, 2003
One man killed, one wounded (Tucson, AZ): Tucson police are investigating a suspected gang shooting that killed a 22-year-old man and critically wounded a 23-year-old man. Police say that both victims were affiliated with the same gang. No other information was available.
Source: Tucson Citizen Date: June 28, 2003
Spence shooting (Los Angeles, CA): Police are searching for the gunman that killed a 46-year-old man during a gang-related shooting. Witnesses have given police a description of the gunman, but no arrests have been made.
Source: City News Service Date: June 27, 2003
Two slayings tied to gang war (Chicago, IL): Chicago police are searching for three suspects who allegedly killed two men and injured one in a South Side gang war. Two men were shot when the suspects came out of a building, and another was chased around the building and shot by an assailant, witnesses said. The shootings were part of a dispute that began when the city relocated residents to a different housing project and the gang factions struggled for control of the neighborhood. Police have not made any arrests.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: June 27, 2003
Shooting wake-up call on street gangs (Chattanooga, TN): Officials in Chattanooga are responding to a recent spate of shootings by looking at the possibility of a growing trend of youth street gangs. "This may be a wake-up call. I'm sure we have them. I don't think the gang activity has gotten to a point where the public realizes we may have a problem," an official said. Chattanooga Police Department reported 17 active street gangs in the city and two gang-related homicides in 2002. Although there is a decrease in active gangs from 22 in 2001, police say it does not mean gangs have gone away.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press Date: June 26, 2003
Charged in deadly gang rite (Harlem, NY): Police charged a 19-year-old man with manslaughter in the death of a 16-year-old during an alleged gang initiation rite in Harlem. The suspect told police he belongs to a small gang called the Bone Thugs, a group of Harlem-based "rapper wanna-bes," according to police. A 14-year-old boy, who is a friend of the victim, said the suspect and victim were not supposed to hit one another in the face. "They were throwing body punches, they were supposed to be fighting for 30 seconds, but it only lasted 10 seconds," the boy said. The suspect, charged with second-degree manslaughter, could face up to 15 years in prison, if convicted.
Source: Daily News Date: June 26, 2003
Chicago man charged in shooting of 15-year-old boy (Chicago, IL): A 19-year-old Chicago man was charged with attempted murder for a shooting that seriously injured a 15-year-old boy, police said. After a gang-related confrontation with the victim, the suspect fired a gun three times. The victim was in intensive care, but police say his wounds were not life-threatening.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: June 26, 2003
Gang and drug bust (Paramount, CA): About 100 gang enforcement officers arrested ten people and seized a half-ton of marijuana in 15 homes in Los Angeles County. The drug probe was spawned by a gang-related shooting earlier this month in Paramount.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: June 26, 2003
Woman wounded in knee in suspected gang shooting (Anaheim, CA): Police are investigating a shooting that wounded an Anaheim woman. The woman was driving her car when a man and another woman in a van allegedly shot her after the female in the van yelled a gang slogan. Although the woman injured was not a gang member, police said that the shooting was still considered gang-related.
Source: The Orange County Register Date: June 26, 2003
Eight held in cross-fire slaying of teacher (Long Beach, CA): Eight alleged gang members were arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a 52-year-old woman as she and her 12-year-old son, who was shot in the shoulder, were passing by in their car, police said. Police allege it was a gang-related shooting, but the victim was not the intended target. A 22-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of murder. The other seven people were arrested on unrelated charges but are believed to be involved in the shooting, said a Long Beach police officer.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: June 25, 2003
More officers for gang effort (Chicago, IL): Due to increased murders this year in Chicago, officials announced a plan to deploy 100 highly-trained police officers to the city's most gang-ridden neighborhoods in an effort to curb violent crime. In addition, the mayor plans to re-assign 450 gang crimes officers to the city's most troubled communities.
Source: The New York Times Date: June 25, 2003
Gang ties probed in hotel fight (Aurora, IL): A party with about 200 people turned into a brawl at the North Aurora Inn parking lot, police reported. Witnesses told police that the fight was gang-related. Three officers suffered minor wounds, but no other major injuries were reported. According to reports, a 22-year-old man was arrested and charged with reckless driving and resisting an officer after attempting to flee the area in his vehicle.
Source: Daily Herald Date: June 25, 2003
Man wounded in drive-by shooting (Manhattan, NY): A 23-year-old man was wounded during a drive-by shooting in Washington Heights, police said. The man was sitting on a bench with four others when someone in a passing car opened fire. The man was in stable condition, and police have not made any arrests.
Source: New York Post Date: June 25, 2003
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