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Welcome to the Gang-Related News Articles page. This page provides a list of articles pertaining to gangs and gang-related activities from various U.S. and Canadian news sources. A link to the source of each article is provided. The list of articles can be refined by date and limited to a specific state or Canadian province or territory using the control below.
Two shot (Los Angeles, CA): Two males were left with minor wounds after a drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles, police said. One was treated at the scene, and the other was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. No other information was available.
Source: City News Service Date: April 23, 2003
Boy shot to death (Bronx, NY): A 17-year-old boy was killed while hanging out with some Bloods gang members. During a dispute, someone pulled out a gun and opened fire. Police said the victim was shot while attempting to run away, and that it did not appear that he was an intended target or involved in the argument. No suspects have been arrested.
Source: New York Post Date: April 23, 2003
Crime group makes mark (Port Charlotte, FL): A private Christian school (Florida Preparatory Academy) in Florida was the site of vandalism possibly linked to a gang recruitmnt effort. "New Age Mafia" was found on the windows of a student's vehicle, according to investigators. No arrests have been made for this incident, but authorities say a network of 12 teenage boys are possible suspects. Just a week earlier, two 15-year-old boys from the group were arrested for armed burglary, grand theft of a firearm, and grand theft.
Source: The Herald-Tribune Date: April 23, 2003
Pontiac OKs gang unit (Pontiac, IL): An increase in gang activity has prompted the city of Pontiac to join the Livingston County Board in agreeing to create the county's gang-suppression unit. Under the agreement, the Livingston County Sheriff's Office and police departments from Pontiac, Dwight, and Fairbury will contribute officers to the unit. The unit is scheduled to start May 1.
Source: The Pantagraph Date: April 22, 2003
Officers riding under watch (Durham, NC): Due to recent gang-related shootings involving Durham public buses, officers have begun patrolling Durham Area Transit Authority buses as passengers. Officials established a partnership between the Wackenhut Corp., Durham police, and Coach USA, the company that provides bus service for the city, to ensure the safety of bus passengers and drivers.
Source: News Observer Date: April 22, 2003
Salinas man, 19, dies from gunshot wound to head (San Jose, CA): Salinas police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old male at a local gas station. Friends of the victim were in line at the gas station to purchase something and the victim had been waiting in a car. Police have not identified any suspects, determined a motive, or whether this was a gang-related attack.
Source: The Salinas Californian Date: April 22, 2003
Shots fired from car during fight, police say (Northampton, PA): A fight between a group of men at a local restaurant ended in a drive-by shooting. A 23-year-old male suffered injuries in the fight, after which two men drove by in a car and fired three shots, according to police. The bullets did not injure anyone, but a third-floor attic window of a home was shattered. No further information was released.
Source: Morning Call Date: April 22, 2003
Teen was trying to turn life around (San Antonio, TX): A party at a San Antonio South Side home was the scene of a gang-related dispute in which a 17-year-old female was shot to death. The girl had recently been released from a Texas Youth Commission facility. Police reported that a second person, and possibly a third, were also injured. The shooters could not be identified but a partygoer told police that several men were playing pool in the garage when a second group of men arrived and began arguing with the pool players.
Source: San Antonio Express-News Date: April 22, 2003
Suspect held in drive-by slaying (Phoenix, AZ): A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of homicide for a drive-by shooting that left a high school senior dead and four others injured, according to police. The suspect was riding in a car when he fired several shots into a crowd of about 50 people. The shooting occurred after the suspect was kicked out of a high school keg party. The fatally shot victim was an 18-year-old male, and the wounded individuals were two girls (ages 15 and 17) and two 18-year-old males. No one else was arrested.
Source: The Arizona Republic Date: April 22, 2003
Quiet neighborhood's Easter Sunday interrupted by gunfire (Corpus Christi, TX): Three men, between the ages of 21 and 27, were shot and one of them seriously injured during a drive-by shooting. According to police, more than four shots were fired at the victims' vehicle. No suspects have been arrested, and authorities have not determined whether this was a gang-related shooting.
Source: Corpus Christi Caller-Times Date: April 21, 2003
Shooting (Los Angeles, CA): Three Dorsey High School students, ranging in age from 15 to 18, were injured while driving to school in South Los Angeles. The three male victims were shot when another vehicle pulled alongside and opened fire. Police say that the attack was possibly gang-related.
Source: City News Service Date: April 21, 2003
Police seek car, two men after drive-by shooting (Salt Lake City, UT): Two men are being sought by police following an alleged drive-by shooting. Two men in a vehicle pulled up beside two pedestrians. According to police, one of the suspects fired four shots through an open window of the car. Nobody was injured.
Source: Deseret News Date: April 21, 2003
Teen's beating, man's shooting linked by police to gang rivalry (Providence, RI): Providence police reported three gang-related incidents on the weekend of April 19-20. In the first incident, a 17-year-old was beaten with a broom stick at a convenience store. Hours later, an 18-year-old alleged gang member was shot twice outside a theater. He was treated at a local hospital and released. One hour after the shooting, police stopped two 14-year-olds and two 18-year-olds, who had a toy gun and 38 rounds of live ammunition. The two 14-year-olds were members of the Tiny Rascal Gang, according to police, and were possibly involved in a shooting with a rival gang. In the last incident, police said a 14-year-old girl was wounded in an alleged dispute between two rival gangs, the Oriental Rascals and the Tiny Rascal Gang.
Source: The Providence Journal Date: April 21, 2003
More cities crackdown on gangs (Somerville, MA): In the cities of Massachussetts, Lynn, Chelsea, and Everett, officials have proposed or are considering antigang loitering ordinances that would give police the power to order suspected gang members to leave city streets or face arrest. The city of Somerville had its own crackdown on gangs, but caused controversy with the Latinos and libertarians. Some police chiefs and specialists are opposing the idea; they feel that it would lead to racial profiling, undermine community policing efforts, and cause administrative headaches. Political leaders are mainly concerned with maintaining calm among the longtime residents and proving that they are responding to concerns.
Source: The Boston Globe Date: April 21, 2003
Top NFL draft prospect shot in Duarte (Duarte, CA): A 22-year-old former standout cornerback at Oregon State University was shot in the back in an apparent gang-related shooting, officials said. He was apparently shot when stepping into his car. His condition was not known and no further information was available.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: April 21, 2003
Man wounded in gang-related shooting (California): A man was critically wounded outside a gas station located at Sunset Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway. According to reports, four males drove up, exchanged gang signs with the victim, then opened fire. Police said that the shooting was apparently gang-related.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: April 20, 2003
Gang crimes on the upswing (Thousand Oaks, CA): Once considered one of the nation's safest cities, Thousand Oaks, California, has seen numerous crimes and gang activity in the past few months, prompting the City Council to spend $180,000 for a community prosecutor specializing in gang violence. About a decade ago, gang violence hit a peak in Thousand Oaks, but had dropped for several years. Now it is on the rise again, according to police.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: April 20, 2003
Teen shot in throat (Bradenton, FL): A 15-year-old boy was wounded in an alleged gang-related drive-by shooting, police said. Injuries to the boy were not considered life-threatening and suspect information has not yet been released. Police believe this shooting is unrelated to an earlier incident in the same East Bradenton neighborhood in which one man was killed and three were injured. Police suspect drug dealers from Oneco and Bradenton are involved in a turf war.
Source: Bradenton Herald Date: April 20, 2003
Shooting leaves two men dead (Las Vegas, NV): Two men in their 30s were fatally shot in an area of Las Vegas police believe is prone to gang violence. Police are hoping that a third surviving victim will be able to provide some information as to what occurred.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: April 20, 2003
Pair of shootings leaves two injured (Memphis, TN): A 17-year-old male was shot and critically wounded at an apartment complex in South Memphis. About 30 minutes later and less than two blocks away, a 24-year-old man was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting, police reported. Condition of the 24-year-old was not available. No further information has been released regarding the two shootings.
Source: The Commercial Appeal Date: April 20, 2003
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