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Carson drive-by killing gang-related (Carson, CA): Sheriff's deputies are seeking suspects in a drive-by shooting in Carson that left a 19-year-old woman dead and another seriously wounded. The victims were in a car talking to neighborhood friends when they were shot by two or three unknown men who drove by and opened fire, according to officials. The shooting may have been gang-related.
Source: Press-Telegram Date: November 30, 2003
Gang violence grows in DC (Washington, DC): Gang violence is growing in the nation's capital. According to the chairman of a city-run neighborhood advisory committee, gangs are getting bigger and more organized. Officials say that a recent surge in violence represents nothing more than more media coverage of a preexisting problem. "It's something that's always simmering, you contain it the best you can, but it doesn't take very much to set off these disputes between these groups," said a lieutenant with the Metropolitan Police Department's Intelligence Division, adding that the groups are not typical international gangs but smaller crews specializing in selling drugs. Community activists say violent, gang-related crime is coming back. Citywide, murders are half of what they were at the peak of violence in the early-to-mid 90's, down from 454 in 1993 to 262 in 2002. The number in 2002, however, still ranked Washington first in homicides out of all U.S. cities with a population greater than 500,000. Prosecutors estimate that as much as 70 percent of homicides in the District are in some way linked to gang activity.
Source: Newsday Date: November 30, 2003
New drug-dealing gang at center of turf war (Minneapolis, MN): Minneapolis police are trying to crack down on a new gang in town. The gang, known as the Emerson Murder Boys or Boyz (EMB), has been attempting to establish drug-dealing turf on the city's north side, and there have been numerous reports of casualties. Most recently, a 14-year-old boy was seriously wounded, and at least two others were wounded in a shooting which police say involved the new gang. According to some reports, the confrontation was between the EMB and the Crips. "Most of them appear to be juveniles, but there are a few young adults involved," said an officer.
Source: Stra Tribune Date: November 28, 2003
Gang violence probe leads to nine arrests (San Diego, CA): Police arrested nine people, six in San Diego, one in Las Vegas, and two others who already were in custody on unrelated charges, during an investigation into escalating gang violence. Police also uncovered three plots to commit murder and seized a dozen weapons. At least 18 people have been killed in gang-related attacks since the start of the year. Police say there are nearly 5,000 documented gang members and more than 80 gangs in the city of San Diego. More arrests are expected.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: November 27, 2003
Two arrested in stabbing (New York, NY): Officials have arrested two men, ages 18 and 19, who are suspected of stabbing three 16-year-old boys in a gang-related attack on the Upper West Side. The suspects are charged with gang assault, which is a felony and carries a sentence of up to 25 years. Two of the victims have been released from the hospital, while one remains in serious condition.
Source: The New York Times Date: November 27, 2003
Suspect in slaying of pastor's son arrested (Fort Pierce, FL): Police in Fort Pierce arrested a 24-year-old man who allegedly killed a 23-year-old man. The suspect is a member of the Zoe Pound street gang, which is a Miami-based group with members around the state. The victim was walking with another man when the suspect reportedly came out from behind a building with a handgun and shot him. No motive has been revealed in the shooting.
Source: The Stuart News Date: November 27, 2003
Alleged shooters hurt in crash (Tulsa, OK): Two men who reportedly opened fire from the bed of a pickup were injured when the truck crashed. Witnesses told police that passengers in the bed of a pickup began shooting at another car. While the occupants of the car were not injured, the truck crashed into a guardrail, and the two people in the back of the truck fell out. The two injured suspects, ages 21 and 23, are listed in critical condition. Officials believe the shooting is gang-related. Four others in the pickup fled the scene before officers arrived, but two of them, both age 18, were soon arrested on complaints of shooting with intent to kill. Investigation is ongoing.
Source: Tulsa World Date: November 26, 2003
Man gunned down at San Francisco gas station (San Francisco, CA): A 22-year-old man was fatally shot at a gas station in San Francisco's Silver Terrace neighborhood, the latest in an outburst of gang-related violence in the southeast part of the city, police said. The man was talking with a friend at the gas station when two gunmen approached. The gunmen chased the man around the pumps and shot him. Police say the victim may have been in a Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood gang. There are no suspects in the killing.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle Date: November 26, 2003
Police arrest suspect in San Jose teen's killing (San Jose, CA): Authorities say they have arrested the getaway driver in the random shooting death last spring of a San Jose teenager. The 28-year-old suspect was arraigned on charges of murder and assault with gang enhancements in connection with the killing of the 15-year-old boy. If convicted of all the charges, he faces life in prison. Law enforcement officials say the boy just happened to be hanging out in a downtown San Jose park on April 24, when Norteno gang members were out for revenge and mistook him and his friends for rival gang members. The shooter, a 21-year-old male Norteno member, pleaded no contest to the shooting and was sentenced in August to 80 years to life in prison. Two other men, ages 19 and 22, who authorities say were in the park and participated in the attack, have also been charged with murder and have pleaded not guilty. Five other alleged gang members are in custody facing life sentences on charges that they intimidated witnesses in the investigation.
Source: San Jose Mercury News Date: November 25, 2003
One dead, one hurt in drive-by (San Francisco, CA): Drive-by shooters in San Francisco's Hunters Point opened fire Monday night on three men outside a corner store, killing one, wounding another, and pursuing the third man who ran for his life, police said. Police said the three men were talking outside a store when a car passed with one or two passengers firing more than a dozen rounds. Two men were shot. A 24-year-old man was killed, and another man was wounded and taken to a hospital. "We believe that it is a gang-related attack," an officer said. "We believe it involved gangs in the Hunters Point-Bayview area." No arrests have been made.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle Date: November 25, 2003
Chicago Transit Authority rider shot, wounded on bus (Chicago, IL): A 17-year-old boy was critically wounded while riding a Chicago Transit Authority bus, authorities said. About a dozen passengers were on the bus when the driver pulled to a stop and the shooting occurred. Officials said the shooting was apparently gang-related.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: November 25, 2003
Anti-gang bill draws critics (California): An anti-gang bill that would make it easier to prosecute teenagers as adults is drawing criticism from juvenile justice groups. More than 60 child advocate groups nationwide are opposing a provision that allows prosecutors to decide whether 16- and 17-year-olds charged with serious violent crimes should be tried as adults. The National Association of Police Organizations and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department have thrown strong support behind the bill. Also, the Gang Prevention and Effective Deterrence Act of 2003 would direct millions of dollars to local law enforcement agencies to fight gang violence, particularly in places like Los Angeles County. The bill, which provides $650 million over the next five years for law enforcement's anti-gang efforts, would allow the agency to reinstate a program for at-risk youths. Currently, in order to move a juvenile case to federal court, a teen must be charged with a felony crime of violence or a series of serious drug charges, and the prosecutor must show a substantial federal interest in the case. Under the bill, a juvenile could be transferred from state to federal court for any crime, as long as the prosecutor can show evidence of strong federal interest. In addition to the juvenile provisions, the bill makes gang recruitment a federal offense punishable by up to 10 years in jail; makes three or more people working together to commit violent crime a federal criminal offense, with sentences of up to 30 years for some gang crimes; increases penalties from five to 10 years for using interstate commerce to promote illegal activity; and imposes a sentence of up to life in prison for obstruction of justice in state proceedings.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: November 24, 2003
Burst of gunfire kills one at party on Mission Bay (San Diego, CA): A 35-year-old man was fatally shot in what appeared to have been a gang-related incident, police said. The gunfire broke out at a party in a banquet room at Marina Village on Mission Bay. A woman was also shot, but her wound was not considered life-threatening. No arrests had been made. Officers questioned several guests, but no one has been able to give a description of the shooter, an officer said.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: November 24, 2003
Police say attack may have been gang-related (Carrollton, TX): Two men were injured in a shooting that led to a standoff with police. Witnesses said they were returning to their home when a large group of people began throwing bottles at them, gunfire began, and two men, ages 19 and 23, were shot. An 18-year-old suspect ran into a nearby house, where the standoff with police occurred. He was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Both victims have been released from the hospital. Officials say the shootings appear to be gang-related. Investigation is ongoing.
Source: The Dallas Morning News Date: November 24, 2003
Second Carlsbad shooting in a week kills woman (Carlsbad, NM): One woman was killed and two others were injured in the second fatal shooting in a week. The 37-year-old woman was pronounced dead at a local hospital following the shooting, and the two men who were injured were treated and released. Investigators believe the incident may have been gang-related but are not releasing any details about the shooting. In a previous shooting, a 36-year-old man was killed by police after leading them on a high-speed chase. Two officers remain hospitalized after that incident.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: November 24, 2003
Asian Eagles ganging up (New York, NY): Teens calling themselves "A-E" for American Eagles or Asian Empire are marking a resurgence of organized Chinese street gangs. "This is the first new Asian gang we've seen since all the heads of the Flying Dragons and Ghost Shadows went to jail," said one law enforcement source. Currently, the teens are involved mostly in gang assaults, but they seem to be getting more organized. The gang is comprised of about 50 teenagers, a blending of young immigrants from China's Fujian province and American-born Chinese. So far they have largely targeted black and Hispanic teens who trespass on their turf. "There have not been an alarming number of incidents involving them," the commanding officer of the NYPD's gang division said. "We have enough resources to track them and effectively deal with them." The NYPD, however, is forming an Asian-crime task force to deal with the gang and an increase of criminal activity in the immigrant Chinese community.
Source: Daily News Date: November 24, 2003
DC, Northern Virginia FBI squad to target gang wars (Washington, DC): The head of the FBI's Washington field office is creating a new squad of a dozen agents to help police combat a surge in gang violence. One 23-agent squad is already in place. The second squad, in which eight of the 12 agents have already started, will complement the work already being done. In the District, at least six killings in recent months have been attributed to gang-related violence, in which much of the bloodshed is blamed on various wars between groups. The Washington field office covers the District and Northern Virginia.
Source: The Washington Post Date: November 22, 2003
Life term imposed for gang shooting (Hayward, CA): An alleged gang member was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for shooting into the home of a rival, in a crime that prosecutors contended caused the instantaneous retaliatory killing of a female companion. The 24-year-old man was charged with the slaying of a 23-year-old woman under the provocative-act murder theory. The woman gave the man a ride to a rival's home and was shot by an unknown assailant after the man opened fire on the home. A jury had already convicted the man of shooting into an inhabited dwelling and being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, but jurors deadlocked on the question of whether the gunfire provoked the return gunfire that killed the woman. The life sentence was imposed as a result of a finding by the jury that the man committed the two felonies in question for the benefit of, or in association with, a criminal street gang. Prosecutors alleged that the man was a member of DGF, a Norteo gang. Without the gang enhancement, the crime of shooting into an inhabited dwelling carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.
Source: The Daily Review Date: November 22, 2003
Three ordered to stand trial in drive-by shooting that killed two teens (Los Angeles, CA): After finding sufficient evidence, a judge ruled that three teenage gang members, ages 18, 17, and 16, must stand trial for a drive-by shooting that killed a 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl. The two victims were standing in a crowd of young people when shots were fired from a passing car. All three teenagers were charged with murder.
Source: City News Service Date: November 21, 2003
Teen slain (North Las Vegas, NV): A 13-year-old girl was killed in what appeared to be a drive-by shooting. The girl was walking in her neighborhood when a gunfight started between people in a car and people on a sidewalk. Officers said bullets sprayed an eight-house area in the neighborhood known for gang and drug problems. No suspects had been identified.
Source: The Associate Press State & Local Wire Date: November 21, 2003
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