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Five arrests made in September killing of Long Island man near his home (Mineola, NY): Police arrested five people, four men and one woman, for allegedly killing a 37-year-old man during a gang-related robbery attempt. The four men are self-proclaimed members of the Latin Kings street gang, and their motivation was simply to go out and steal from other people, police said. The victim was said to be a random target for the five assailants' crime spree in southwestern Nassau.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: February 5, 2004

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Joint effort to fight gang activity announced (Buffalo, NY): Top area law enforcement and government officials pledged a joint probe of gang activity in Buffalo as six people were indicted in a November robbery scheme at a Cheektowaga hotel. The joint probe was announced as three men and three women, all from Buffalo, were indicted on robbery and other charges linked to a holdup of some men in a Cheektowaga hotel room. Authorities say the incident involved prostitution.
Source: The Buffalo News    Date: February 5, 2004

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Twelfth local resident admits Boot Camp membership (Syracuse, NY): A 25-year-old Syracuse man has admitted being a member of the Boot Camp street gang. The man pleaded guilty in federal court to a racketeering conspiracy charge, admitting he was a Boot Camp member and sold crack cocaine on the South Side, an assistant U.S. attorney said. His guilty plea was the 12th from the 26 alleged Boot Camp members indicted last summer. Under federal sentencing guidelines, he is likely to get no more than 12 1/2 years in prison.
Source: The Post-Standard    Date: February 5, 2004

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Man convicted of accessory charge in slaying (Alamogordo, NM): A Clovis man who was charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old Alamogordo man last year has been convicted of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and tampering with evidence. The shooting, which occurred on March 11, 2003, was gang-related, according to an attorney. The man was the first of the seven indicted to go to trial.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: February 5, 2004

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Three arrested following fight (Anchorage, AK): Police arrested and charged an 18-year-old man with assault and weapons misconduct in connection with a shooting in east Anchorage. Officials believe the incident was between two rival youth gangs. The fight began between two individuals but escalated into a melee involving at least eight people. Two 16-year-old boys were also charged with disorderly conduct. No injuries were reported in the shooting.
Source: Anchorage Daily News    Date: February 5, 2004

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Three people injured in gang attack (Worcester, MA): Two teenagers, ages 16 and 17, and a 38-year-old man were attacked by a group of men with swords, pool cues, and a metal stick during a gang-related altercation in the Gates Street neighborhood, police said. According to witnesses, the suspects were in their cars, and the two teens were sitting on a street. The suspects pulled up in their vehicles and attacked the 16-year-old and 17-year-old, according to a police report. The 38-year-old witnessed the attack and was attacked while trying to help. The three victims were taken to a local hospital and their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. Police said the suspects are believed to be in an Asian gang known as the Blackbirds. No arrests have been made.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: February 5, 2004

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Gang sweep on Long Island (Islip, NY): Federal prosecutors announced charges against 30 alleged gang members, accusing them of gang-related violence across Long Island. The charges involve five murders, including that of a 14-year-old boy who was shot in September while riding his bicycle. Prosecutors believe he was mistaken for a member of a rival gang because he was dressed in blue. Other charges involve a firebombing, drive-by shootings, stabbings, robberies, and drug deals dating to the late 1990s. Officials said the suspects included leaders of the Bloods gang in Nassau, MS-13, and a lesser-known gang calling itself "Murder Unit" on the North Fork. Seven of those charged face a possible death penalty, and many others face life in prison. The gang roundup took place over the last month, after an investigation that had been under way for years, authorities said.
Source: Newsday    Date: February 4, 2004

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Two Santa Clara teens stable after unprovoked stabbing (Sunnyvale, CA): Two teenagers, ages 15 and 16, were wounded after an apparently unprovoked attack outside a pizza parlor in Sunnyvale, police said. Authorities say the male suspect, between 16 to 20 years old, fled the scene with another male after he stabbed the victims. "We believe it's possibly gang-related, but it's important to note that this is an unprovoked attack," an officer said. "We don't have any evidence that our victims did anything other than just be present there at the pizza parlor."
Source: San Jose Mercury News    Date: February 4, 2004

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Assault weapon found during bust of drug dealing suspect (Alameda, CA): Police arrested a 23-year-old Oakland man who is accused of dealing methamphetamine in Alameda. At the time of his arrest, the man was on probation for possessing stolen property. Along with discovering a large amount of drugs at his residence, evidence was also found linking the man to the Crips street gang, police said. The man's 44-year-old roommate was also arrested for having a warrant accusing him of possessing a controlled substance. He could face additional charges related to the narcotics found in the residence.
Source: Contra Costa Times    Date: February 3, 2004

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Nightclub shooting (Los Angeles, CA): Detectives are investigating an alleged gang-related shooting that left two men, ages 25 and 31, wounded at an East Hollywood nightclub. Officials believe that the older man was the intended target. Four men in their mid-to-late 20s were seen leaving the scene in a car.
Source: City News Service    Date: February 3, 2004

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Rubbing out graffiti (El Paso, TX): Police say a tagging "war" among several crews is behind a rash of graffiti in the Lower Valley. As of January 28, 76 graffiti cases were reported to El Paso police, compared with 60 reported cases in all of January 2003. While the vandalism has been removed, investigation into the graffiti continues. Tagger groups, or "crews," try to outdo rivals by seeing who can vandalize more spots. These groups are less inclined toward violence than street gangs, who use graffiti to mark turf. Police have identified 84 active tagging crews in El Paso.
Source: El Paso Times    Date: February 3, 2004

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San Diego shooting (San Diego, CA): Two men suffered minor wounds in a possible gang-related shooting, authorities said. The two men were walking when a car stopped near them, and a man pulled out a gun and fired three rounds, striking both men. Both men were treated at local hospitals. Police are continuing the investigation.
Source: City News Service    Date: February 3, 2004

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Suspect held in shooting death (South Valley, NM): Police arrested a 20-year-old man who they believe killed a 21-year-old man and wounded a teen. The shooting appears to be gang-related. Officials say the two men may have intended to meet at the Tom Tenorio Memorial Park to fight when the incident occurred.
Source: Albuquerque Journal    Date: February 3, 2004

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Gang link seen in girl's shooting (Fresno, CA): Police are searching for three men involved in a gang-related shooting that left a man and a 6-year-old girl injured. A man who was involved in a disturbance at a Johnny Quick food store went to the victim's house and knocked on his door. Three men occupied a car parked on the street, and when the victim told the men to leave, someone in the back seat pulled a gun, shooting the victim and his 6-year-old niece.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: February 3, 2004

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Shootings raise gang fears (Portland, OR): While the recent murder of a known Bloods gang member in broad daylight has raised fears that gang battles are returning, police say it is nowhere near the height of violence in the 1990s. Gang violence in Portland has been on the rise for the past two years, but police say it is important to keep things in perspective. In 1994, there were 867 aggravated assaults with handguns, while last year there were only 250. Police are still concerned about the recent increase in violence but are unsure what is causing it. "If we don't know what's causing it, we can't defuse it," said one gang officer. Drive-by shootings have become one of the biggest concerns in neighborhoods as residents worry about becoming unintended victims of shootings. While police have only theories for the violence, it is possible that some of the Portland gang leaders who were recently released from prison are trying to settle old scores. Three of the five recent shootings in Portland involved people with gang ties.
Source: The Oregonian    Date: February 3, 2004

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Lynwood shooting (Lynwood, CA): Police are looking for a 16- to 20-year-old male suspect in connection with a fatal shooting of a 27-year-old man. The victim was leaving a liquor store in Lynwood when he was approached by the suspect. "There was a verbal exchange and, to whatever extent, the response was unfavorable to that of the suspect," a deputy said.
Source: City News Service    Date: February 2, 2004

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Crackdown on cyber cafes (Garden Grove, CA): An appellate court ruled the city's strict regulation of cyber cafes, enacted in an attempt to crack down on gangs and violence, is legal. The city tightened cyber cafe rules after a series of attacks at or near the city's more than two dozen cyber cafes. Many owners are unhappy with the potential changes saying it would hurt their businesses. City officials passed ordinances that would require cyber cafe owners to log customers, have an adult and security guard present, limit business hours, and videotape their premises.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: February 2, 2004

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Round Lake Beach police latest to create gang unit (Round Lake Beach, IL): Round Lake Beach police are taking a zero-tolerance approach toward gang crimes as they start their new gang unit. According to the unit's supervisor, the only two options they have are putting gang members in jail or getting them out of Round Lake Beach. "We're not going to try to rehabilitate these kids," he said. "We're either going to make them go away or put them in jail. We want this town to be a difficult place for them to live in." The new unit will coincide with an education component to reach middle school-age children, he added. The aim is to teach children that joining a gang comes with a steep price. Round Lake Beach joins several Lake County communities, including Mundelein and Waukegan, with full-time gang units.
Source: Daily Herald    Date: February 2, 2004

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People caught in gang shooting cross fire (Athens, GA): Police are looking for suspects involved in a gang shooting at a northeast Athens apartment complex that injured several people, including three who were next door to the intended victims. Police said members of the Los Primos street gang are suspected in the shooting, possibly targeting members of the 18th Street gang. According to witnesses and police, about 50 shots were fired into the building from three vehicles.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: February 1, 2004

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Man killed in random gang attack (Inglewood, CA): Police have arrested three suspects for beating and fatally shooting a man at random at a bus stop near Inglewood. Three other suspects are still at large, according to authorities. The victim, a man in his 30s, was at a bus stop when six gang members attacked him.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: February 1, 2004

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