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Boy stable after shooting (Chicago, IL): A 16-year-old boy was wounded, and a 23-year-old man died after an apparent gang-related shooting on the Northwest Side. Both victims were riding in a van when they encountered two men, an officer said. The two pairs exchanged hand signals, and when the victims got out of the van, one of the other two opened fire on them. No arrests have been made. Investigation is ongoing.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: March 25, 2004

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Three wounded in drive-by shooting (Macon, GA): Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that wounded three people in Macon. At the scene, a pair of shoes was found hung overhead on utility wires, a known gang symbol, police said. The victims' wounds were not believed to be life-threatening. Witnesses described hearing six gunshots as a small car, carrying two to four people, drove down the street.
Source: The Telegraph    Date: March 25, 2004

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Officials seek injunction against Oxnard gang (Oxnard, CA): The Ventura County district attorney and Oxnard police are seeking a permanent injunction against the Colonia Chiques gang. "The Colonia Chiques is the largest and most violent criminal street gang in Ventura County," the district attorney said. The court order would be a shield for the community from ongoing violence, a tool for police to make more arrests, and a warning to gang members that "law-abiding residents are taking back the streets," he also added. The gang, which has terrorized the city for more than three decades, has a reported 1,000 members. If approved, the injunction will restrict the activities of gang members within a specified area, prohibiting them from congregating in public, flashing gang signs, violating a 10 p.m. curfew, and wearing gang attire, including Dallas Cowboys shirts, jackets, and bandannas.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: March 25, 2004

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Fatal attack is gang-related (Garden Grove, CA): A 24-year-old man was killed in a shooting that police believe may be the work of rival gangs and retaliatory in nature. The victim was driving when someone fired a shot in the driver's side window, police said. The shooting appears to be in retaliation to a rival gang that had opened fire earlier on a crowd outside a Garden Grove cafe. In that incident, a man opened fire after an argument, injuring three people. Detectives later arrested a 22-year-old man, who is suspected of being the shooter in the cafe incident.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: March 25, 2004

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Injunction (Los Angeles, CA): Officials in Los Angeles announced an effort to put a stop to the Mara Salvatrucha gang. "Today's gang injunction is another tool the department can use to provide relief from gang violence and assist us in reaching our crime reduction goals," a city attorney said. Upon approval, the injunction would restrict gang members from participating in gang-related activities inside "safety zones" in two areas west of downtown Los Angeles. The zones, which together encompass the largest geographic area of any of the 20 gang injunctions filed by the city attorney's office, are patrolled by officers in the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart, Hollywood, Northeast, and Wilshire divisions. The restrictions would prohibit gang members from publicly associating with other members, loitering, intimidating community members, and collecting extortion money, "rent," or "taxes" from residents and business owners trying to avoid harassment. Many of the original gang members have ties to gangs in El Salvador and use sophisticated and brutal guerrilla warfare tactics when dealing with the police, officials said. Los Angeles is home to 800 known gangs and more than 56,000 gang members, police said.
Source: City News Service    Date: March 24, 2004

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San Diego shooting (San Diego, CA): A man was wounded in an apparent gang-related shooting in Logan Heights, police said. The victim and a friend had parked their car when two men pulled up next to them in another car. The passenger in the other car got out, pointed a handgun, and fired several shots at the victim, striking him twice. The assailants fled the scene. The victim did not suffer any life-threatening wounds. The shooting is under investigation.
Source: City News Service    Date: March 24, 2004

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Teen slashed in brawl at school (Syracuse, NY): A 14-year-old was slashed multiple times during a gang-related brawl at the Syracuse Renaissance Academy at Carnegie School, police said. The school is an alternative program for students with behavior problems and students who have been previously caught with weapons. A spokesman for the school district said the incident was the first they have had inside a school where somebody has been cut. The students involved were suspended pending a disciplinary hearing. In addition to the suspensions, two 14-year-olds and a 15-year-old were charged with felony gang assault, police said. The 15-year-old student had an outstanding warrant for violation of probation. All three were taken to Hillbrook.
Source: The Post-Standard    Date: March 24, 2004

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Boot Camp gang member admits to racketeering (Syracuse, NY): A 22nd member of the Boot Camp street gang admitted he was part of a criminal enterprise that controlled its crack cocaine and marijuana trade through violence on Syracuse's South Side. The 21-year-old man pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to engage in a pattern of racketeering. He faces between 10 and 12 1/2 years in prison. Four of 26 alleged Boot Camp members indicted last summer are set to go to trial later this summer.
Source: The Post-Standard    Date: March 24, 2004

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Boy is hit by car, then possibly shot (Salt Lake City, UT): Police are investigating an alleged gang-related incident in which a boy was hit by a car while riding his bicycle. After hitting the victim, a man exited the vehicle and fired about eight rounds from a handgun at the boy. Police are unsure if the victim was struck by a bullet. The shooter returned to the car and left the area.
Source: Deseret News    Date: March 24, 2004

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Slaying is likely gang-related (Kennett Square, PA): Police believe the stabbing death of a 29-year-old man in Kennett Square is gang-related. The victim was stabbed after a physical altercation with the alleged killer, a 20-year-old rival gang member. "We're being told these guys are members of rival gangs, and this was retaliation for an incident in the state of Delaware that took place in the last two weeks," police said. The suspect was charged with the murder after a witness identified him.
Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer    Date: March 23, 2004

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Boy arrested in Salinas shooting (Salinas, CA): A 16-year-old Salinas boy arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide is being held in connection with a gang-related shooting. The shooting occurred when a group of six teenagers were confronted by three other teenagers. The two groups exchanged words, and then the gunman fired several rounds.
Source: Monterey County Herald    Date: March 23, 2004

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Shooting on Highway 99 (Sacramento, CA): Police are investigating a suspected drive-by shooting on Highway 99 that sent an 18-year-old woman to the hospital. According to police, the woman was in the back of a car, traveling with two friends when another car pulled alongside them. A man pointed a gun at their car and fired three rounds, hitting the victim. No arrests have been made.
Source: The Sacramento Bee    Date: March 22, 2004

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Man, 25, fatally shot by intruders at party (Los Angeles, CA): A 25-year-old man was fatally shot at a party when three uninvited guests started a fight, and two of them opened fire, police said. Officers believe the shooting was gang-related because some of the 40 party guests had gang affiliations. Police had not arrested any suspects.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: March 22, 2004

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Drive-by shooting kills two in Detroit (Detroit, MI): A drive-by shooting killed two men, ages 30 and 33, on Detroit's west side. Police said a 33-year-old was stepping out of his car, parked in front his home, when a minivan pulled up alongside the car and opened fire, striking him and his 30-year-old friend. No arrests have been made.
Source: Detroit Free Press    Date: March 22, 2004

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Senator targets gangs (New York, NY): Rising gang violence prompted the unveiling of a bipartisan bill which would mean prison terms of up to 10 years for gang members who recruit minors into gangs. In addition, gang members convicted of two street crimes could face 30 years in prison, and gang-related murders could draw life sentences, under the proposed Criminal Street Gang Abatement Act. According to a recent investigation, gang slayings are up 80 percent in New York City. In 2003, there were 52 gang-related homicides in New York, up from 29 in 2002.
Source: Daily News    Date: March 22, 2004

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Gunfire injures three in separate shootings (Omaha, NE): In Omaha, three men were wounded in a series of shootings. A 35-year-old man was in critical condition after two men confronted him outside his home and opened fire. In the second shooting, witnesses told police that a 21-year-old man and two friends were standing outside of their vehicle when an unknown vehicle pulled up and fired several shots. One of the men was reported to be in critical condition. In the last incident, a 45-year-old man was injured after a drive-by shooting on Interstate 480.
Source: Omaha World-Herald    Date: March 21, 2004

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One dead, two wounded in possible gang-related shooting (Silver Spring, MD): One man was killed and two others were wounded in what police suspect was a gang-related shooting. According to Montgomery County Police, a group of men were arguing outside an apartment building when a 20-year-old man was shot and killed. The two other victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The rest of the group left the scene in two cars. Police sources said the suspects are believed to be members of the violent Latino gang MS-13.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: March 21, 2004

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Town awakens to raids (Bernalillo, NM): More than 30 law enforcement officers from five different agencies joined an anti-gang raid which led to three arrests and the identification of about eight previously unknown gang members. Agencies included in the raid were the Bernalillo Police Department, Albuquerque Police Gang Unit, State Police officers, the state Drug Task Force, and Sandoval County Sheriff's deputies and state probation and parole officers. The raids were in response to weeks of gang-related drive-by shootings sparked by the February 20 killing of one local gang member by a suspected rival gang member.
Source: Albuquerque Journal    Date: March 21, 2004

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Police believe slaying of man was gang-related (Chicago, IL): A 21-year-old man was shot and killed in the Albany Park neighborhood, police said. The man had been shot several times when officers found his body in an alley. Although no motive has been determined, police believe the killing was gang-related.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: March 21, 2004

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Gang influx in Antelope Valley (Lancaster, CA): Officials in Lancaster are concerned with the recent increase of gang members fleeing from Los Angeles to Antelope Valley. The influx came after Los Angeles officials announced a new emphasis on gang crime; shortly thereafter, gang activity increased in Antelope Valley. Homicides soared last year to a record 43, of which about half were gang-related, compared to 26 the year before. Detectives estimate more than 5,000 gang members and associates have been identified as living in Antelope Valley. Some say the influx may have been attributed to recent cutbacks in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department because of county budget cuts in 2002, which eliminated special community-oriented policing units and crime-prevention teams that focused on unincorporated communities. "Before we lost all of those deputies, they (gangsters) were fleeing from here and going down below. We were the ones doing the pushing but now that has turned around. They are now being pushed up here," a sheriff's official said. In February, three men believed to be members of a long-established East Los Angeles street gang were identified as suspects in the slaying of a parolee at his downtown Lancaster home. Members of the same gang have been linked to at least three drive-by shootings and two carjackings since 2002 in Lancaster.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: March 21, 2004

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