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One injured, one arrested in fracas in Eagan (Eagan, MN): In a possible gang-related fight, a 21-year-old man was injured and sent to the hospital after a 20-year-old man allegedly assaulted him. About 40 people were at a home when the fight broke out, but not all of them were involved in the fight. The 20-year-old suspect was arrested and may be charged with felony assault.
Source: Star Tribune Date: September 15, 2003
Special unit tracking changing gang landscape (Dover, FL): Authorities are seeing changes in gang activity in the surrounding areas of Hillsborough County, as a handful of gangs continue to make their presence known through graffiti in suburban areas. Markings from the Dover Locos, Sorenos 13, Norte 14, Latin Kings, and the Kings Con Soreno have been seen in Dover, Seffner, Valrico, and Brandon. In 2000, about a dozen Latin King members, including the leader, were arrested, crippling the gang's operation. Other gangs in the county, however, seem to be growing. The local statistics are as follows: Soreno 13 has 80 members, Norte 14 has 29 members, Dover Locos has about 40 members, and The Kings Con Soreno has six members. The gangs have both male and female members, and investigators have seen members as young as 12 and as old as 47. A Multi-Agency Gang Task Force, which Hillsborough Sheriff's Gang Suppression Unit is a part of, consists of local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies from Citrus County to Sarasota. They cooperate with one another to investigate gangs and their activities in Florida.
Source: The Tampa Tribune Date: September 14, 2003
Teenager injured in drive-by shooting (D'Iberville, MS): A 17-year-old boy was sent to the hospital after a drive-by shooting in the Forrest Cove subdivision in D'Iberville. Investigators said his injury was not life-threatening, however, his condition was unknown. No arrests were made, and the investigation continues.
Source: Sun Herald Date: September 14, 2003
Ninth suspect arrested in Pitt County shooting (Pitt County, NC): Pitt County investigators have arrested a ninth person in connection with a fatal, gang-related shooting last month. The 21-year-old man was arrested and charged with murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and filing a false report with a law enforcement agency. All nine suspects in the case are charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury in the August 12 drive-by shooting of a 16- and 20-year-old. The 16-year-old female victim, who is believed to have been an innocent bystander, died from her injuries.
Source: News & Record Date: September 14, 2003
Gangs still prey on youths (Denver, CO): Authorities in Denver are on alert after the death of a 15-year-old boy and the wounding of his 16-year-old brother. According to reports, a reputed gang member shot the two brothers, who police believe are connected with the West Side Bloods, at Adams City High School. The alleged shooter, age 19, is a member of the Chicky 30s, an affiliate of the Crips. Police say the shooting was revenge for a fight involving the victims and the suspect's brother.
Source: The Denver Post Date: September 14, 2003
Sanger takes new punch at gangs (Sanger, CA): In Fresno County, the first gang injunction was passed that would keep a Sanger gang from associating. Prosecutors, working with Sanger police and other local enforcement officers, were successful in seeking the civil action to stop members of the "Chankla Bulldogs" from associating or engaging in a number of activities, including any contact with other gang members; intimidating or threatening witnesses or victims of the gang; possessing any guns or illegal weapons; selling or possessing illegal drugs; drinking in public; trespassing on private property; violating curfew laws; and breaking any law. The injunction names 22 individuals identified by Sanger police and other gang experts as members of the gang. "Through this action, we're sending a message to gang members or gang wannabes that we will not tolerate violence, and that we intend to make our neighborhoods safe," a district attorney said.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: September 13, 2003
Two Woodland men held in slaying (Woodland, CA): Two 21-year-old men were arrested in connection with the murder of a 24-year-old man, according to police. The victim was pronounced dead at a hospital after suffering multiple stab wounds. The two suspects were arrested on suspicion of murder and criminal street-gang activity.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: September 13, 2003
Teen charged with attempted murder (Portland, OR): A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on a charge of attempted murder in the shooting of an 18-year-old man on September 6. The boy, who police say has a history of gang activities, was arrested during a traffic stop. Police say the shooting may have been gang related.
Source: The Oregonian Date: September 13, 2003
Arrest in slaying (Washington, DC): A 20-year-old alleged member of a Northwest Washington street gang has been arrested and charged with murder in a drive-by shooting that occurred on July 28. The man drove the car while another man fired the shots that killed one man and injured three others. He is a member of the "1-5 Amigos." The shooting was aimed at members of a rival group, Mara R.
Source: The Washington Post Date: September 13, 2003
Four gang members plea guilty (Washington, DC): Four men, ages 22, 23, and two 19-year-olds, linked to the Vatos Locos street gang pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court to an attack on members of the rival Street Thug Criminals gang, also known as STC. They admitted to their roles in the June 11 attack. The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. The others pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon.
Source: The Washington Post Date: September 12, 2003
Gang shootout injures three (Chicago, IL): Two men were injured and a Chicago police officer was slightly wounded when police came across a shoot-out between rival gangs on the far Northwest Side, police said. Two Grand Central narcotics officers were patrolling in an unmarked police car when they encountered a gun fight between two gangs. As the officers got out of their vehicle, one of the assailants fired at the unmarked car, police said.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: September 12, 2003
Brawl at Jordan High gang-related (Durham, NC): Police plan to charge 24 suspects, ranging in age from 16 to 24, for their involvement in a gang-related brawl outside Jordan High School. The suspects are a mixture of students and outsiders that came onto the campus. Charges included felonious inciting to riot, disorderly conduct, and second-degree trespassing. According to warrants, at least two of those charged allegedly called each other "slobs" and "crabs," derogatory slang for the Bloods and Crips gangs, respectively. Several students interviewed said they believed the fight was sparked by gang rivalries. "Somebody dissed somebody's gang, and that's when it all started," said one girl. "After everything settled down, that's when people started throwing up gang signs."
Source: The Herald-Sun Date: September 12, 2003
Alleged gang member charged in drive-by shooting that killed girl and boy (Los Angeles, CA): An 18-year-old alleged gang member was charged with capital murder today for a drive-by attack in South Los Angeles that took the lives of a 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl. He also faces the special circumstance allegations that the killings were in connection with street gang activity, that the murders were committed during a drive-by shooting, and that multiple murders and street terrorism was involved, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Source: City News Service Date: September 12, 2003
Task force nabs four suspects for South Bay gang attack (Union City, CA): Four alleged members of a South Bay youth gang were arrested today on charges of assaulting three people at a Union City fast food restaurant last month. The four members, ages 16, 18, and two 19-year-olds, were arrested by agents from the Southern Alameda County Gang Violence Suppression Task Force and charged with felony battery, with a gang enhancement. Agents also seized weapons and gang paraphernalia. The four suspects saw three men in the restaurant who they mistakenly thought were members of a rival gang and began assaulting them with metal pipes, bats, and nunchakus. Two of the victims suffered cuts that required stitches, and the third sustained broken bones.
Source: San Jose Mercury News Date: September 12, 2003
Oakland man dies aiding shooting victim (Oakland, CA): A 25-year-old man who ran to the aid of a wounded 17-year-old boy was fatally shot by a group of alleged gang members. After shooting the 17-year-old from a stolen car, the assailants turned around at a dead end and crashed into a stolen minivan that was carrying their cohorts. The group got out of their cars and fired more shots, hitting the man and wounding his 21-year-old friend. The shootings apparently stemmed from a dispute at Fremont High School between members of rival Latino gangs, the Nortenos and Surenos. The intended target was not hit, police said. No arrests have been made.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle Date: September 12, 2003
Rash of shootings across city leaves 18-year-old dead (Salinas, CA): In Salinas, a string of five possibly gang-related shootings in six hours left one man dead and several others wounded. First, an argument broke out between people in a car and a truck. Shots were fired from the car, but no one was hurt. Minutes later, an 18-year-old man was shot several times and pronounced dead at Natividad Medical Center. A 20-year-old man was standing next to his car when he was shot. Two hours later, a 26-year-old man was shot several times while standing in a yard; his condition was unknown. Lastly, an 18-year-old was shot in the leg. No arrests have been made in any of the shootings. All of the shootings appear to be gang-related; police say it was not clear if they were connected. Investigators are looking into the possibility that the shootings are related to the ongoing turf battles between the Nortenos and Surenos.
Source: San Jose Mercury News Date: September 12, 2003
Police say shootings may be gang-related (Tucson, AZ): Tucson police are investigating whether the shootings of two high school students from Tucson High Magnet School are related to recent gang activity. The shootings, which occurred after classes ended, were being investigated by the gang unit because of possible gang-related problems at the high school earlier in the week. The two teenage boys, ages 15 and 17, were in guarded and critical condition, respectively. Police have made no arrests.
Source: The Arizona Republic Date: September 12, 2003
Gun battle breaks out in home invasion robbery (Hickman, CA): A gang of robbers was arrested after a gun battle with sheriff's deputies following a string of local home invasions, authorities said. Three of the five people arrested broke into a family's home and tied up and assaulted three victims. Those arrested, ages 20, 22, 54, and two age 29, face charges of attempted murder, criminal conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon, home invasion robbery, and being members of a criminal street gang.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: September 11, 2003
Taft man is jailed in ranch killing (Taft, TX): A 35-year-old man was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of a 40-year-old man at a ranch bunkhouse near Taft. Police believe the shooting was probably a gang-related execution, as the victim had a criminal record involving gang activity. Three more suspects are being sought by sheriff's investigators. After the attackers followed the man into a house and found him in a closet, one man shot him several times. Two witnesses remained in protective custody.
Source: Corpus Christi Caller-Times Date: September 11, 2003
Taos area law agencies forming gang task force (Taos, NM): Three agencies, including the Taos County Sheriff's Department, the town of Taos Police Department, and the Questa Police Department, have agreed to commit at least one officer to a gang task force to be established later this year, a district attorney said. After three young people were shot to death on July 24 at a Ranchos de Taos gas station, community leaders met to discuss details of forming such a task force. Moreover, authorities are struggling to combat an apparent rise in juvenile crime and gang activity.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: September 11, 2003
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