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Man, teen injured in attack with baseball bats (Fort Worth, TX): A 21-year-old man and a 15-year-old teenager were seriously injured when they were attacked with baseball bats in what police say was likely a gang-related dispute. Witnesses said a car carrying at least three males stopped in front of a residence where several people had gathered, and gang signs were apparently flashed between the groups. The men in the car got out and attacked the two victims. Three suspects were arrested at gunpoint after officers stopped the car.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram Date: January 15, 2004
DC gang leader gets 20 years in string of crimes (Washington, DC): A gang leader that prosecutors say committed scores of carjackings, robberies, and car thefts in the District was sentenced to a 20-year prison term. The 20-year-old man was a leader of a gang called the ICC Crew. After its formation, the group became more organized and more violent. The most serious of the gang's crimes, which began in the summer of 2002, was when a man was beaten into a coma and sustained brain damage during a robbery. In the months that the suspect was leading the gang, it was responsible for at least 30 armed robberies and carjackings. After his arrest in 2002, the gang continued to recruit more participants and continued committing crimes. In total, the gang allegedly stole more than 100 vehicles in addition to carjackings.
Source: The Washington Post Date: January 15, 2004
One dead, one injured in attack (Los Angeles, CA): Police shot and seriously wounded a man suspected of killing a 19-year-old in an apparent gang-related attack in the Crenshaw district. The 27-year-old suspect was with a 14-year-old when they approached the victim in an alley. The suspect shot the man and fled with his accomplice. As he was being pursued by police, the shooter fell down and fired shots at officers. Police fired back, hitting the man multiple times. The second suspect was also arrested.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: January 15, 2004
Gang member held in Concord killing (Concord, CA): A 21-year-old Richmond gang member was arrested on suspicion of fatally shooting a 23-year-old man during an argument between the occupants of two cars on a downtown Concord street. A 20-year-old man suspected of being the driver of the car in which the shooter was riding was also arrested on the same charges. The suspected shooter has a long history of gang affiliation in Richmond, and his accomplice also has some gang ties. Police added that the victim had no gang affiliations.
Source: Contra Costa Times Date: January 15, 2004
Police target suspected gang shoot-out (Paterson, NJ): Authorities charged three men, ages 31, 34, and 35, with drug possession and distribution and are investigating whether they are part of the Jamaican Posse street gang. Detectives reported recovering 51 bags of marijuana and $160 in crack cocaine. In recent months, Jamaican gangs have emerged and established territory in Paterson, authorities said.
Source: The Record Date: January 15, 2004
Senator seeks tougher gang laws (Syracuse, NY): An anti-gang initiative proposed by a New York senator will allow local prosecutors to bring federal charges against gang members and more money into the local war on street violence. The proposed legislation would make recruiting a minor into a gang a federal crime and make the commission of two gang-related crimes punishable by up to 30 years in prison. The senator said it would make it easier for prosecutors to seek the death penalty for gang slayings, treat violent 16-year-old gang members as adults, and avoid the complicated and time-consuming use of federal racketeering laws to go after gangs. The Criminal Street Gang Abatement Act would also bring $463 million in federal funding to help law enforcement officers and prosecutors fight gang violence over the next five years. An additional $40 million a year in federal money would flow to programs such as the local Violence Intervention and Prevention Program. Police reported over 900 gang members in Onondaga County, and Syracuse had a record 24 homicides and historic levels of shooting and other street violence in 2002, much of which is attributed to gang-related disputes.
Source: The Post-Standard Date: January 15, 2004
Graffiti visible around town (Bernalillo, NM): Police are searching for local gang members who have left graffiti on several buildings in Bernalillo. Police say they know of a 14-year-old male suspect. He was believed to have been riding with members of the Berna Town gang at the time of the graffiti incidents.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: January 14, 2004
Gang suppression (Los Angeles, CA): The Sheriff of Los Angeles County recently claimed success in the county's war on gang violence. In six weeks, deputies on the department's anti-gang Community Problems Assessment and Suppression Teams made 322 felony arrests and 530 misdemeanor arrests, according to the team's monthly administrative report. Deputies also interviewed more than 650 people, many of whom are gang members. A supervisor whose district has reported the highest number of gang-related homicides for the past three years said these interviews are key to keeping the peace in many neighborhoods. "I do think intelligence is the key to a lot of the prevention of problems that result from having events within parks and other areas," she said. "We need to have the ability to identify (gang members)." Teams were deployed in areas served by the East Los Angeles, Lennox, Century, and Compton sheriff's stations.
Source: City News Service Date: January 13, 2004
Denver homicides on a fast clip (Denver, CO): Denver's five homicides this month are more than double the toll for all of January last year, and at least three of the slayings had gang ties, police officials said. There were only two homicides in January of 2003, while there were eight in 2002. Last year by this time, police had logged three gang-related aggravated assaults and one felony menacing. That compares with two aggravated assaults, one drive-by shooting with no injuries, and two felony menacing incidents police believe are gang-related this year, an officer said. The most recent homicides include the death of a 31-year-old former gang member who was shot while sitting in a car near a bar, police say. In the second incident, a 24-year-old man was fatally shot after getting into a fight at a party. Earlier in the month, a 20-year-old suspected gang member was gunned down after getting into an argument with two members of a north Denver gang. The two are being held for investigation of first-degree murder in the shooting.
Source: Rocky Mountain News Date: January 13, 2004
Unified fight on gangs urged (Los Angeles, CA): Following a two-day conference in Los Angeles, federal and local law enforcement officials believe that a national strategy similar to that used against organized crime and in current counterterrorism efforts must be created to fight street gangs. The conference was held to help change long-standing perceptions regarding gangs. Gangs are growing, becoming more sophisticated, and "migrating" into medium- and small-sized cities, officials said. Law enforcement agencies must find a unified approach to combat them. In Los Angeles County, homicides dropped about 20 percent in 2003. Gang activity, however, has not decreased, with 96,000 suspected gang members in the county.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: January 12, 2004
After-school program aimed at countering gang recruiting (Fairfax, VA): The Fairfax Board of Supervisors chairman has proposed expanding after-school opportunities to counter gang involvement. The proposal would allow children of poor families free enrollment in the county's after-school child care program. Currently, about 10,000 students are enrolled in the school-age child care program, which operates before and after school. Many children whose parents cannot afford the program lack any adult supervision during those hours and are vulnerable to pressure from older teenagers to join gangs. Officials in charge of the program were asked to come up with plans for a privately funded "scholarship" program by June. It is unclear how many scholarships would be available. This initiative would be one of many efforts in Virginia to crack down on gangs. Lawmakers will also be considering several anti-gang bills that would stiffen sentences for gang offenses and expand the list of crimes punishable as gang activity.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: January 12, 2004
Portland killings rise in 2003 (Portland, OR): An end-of-the-year cluster of homicides drove the total up to 28, five more than in 2002. Twelve of them remain unsolved. This number, however, still does not reach the city's peak homicide record of 70 being reported in 1987. The Portland homicides were the only ones reported in Multnomah County. There were eight reported in Washington County, eight reported in Clark County, and five reported in Clackamas County. Despite the change in numbers, the motives in 2003 resembled most other years before. Domestic violence, drug disputes, and gang rivalries were behind most of the homicides. Portland is among several large U.S. cities in which slayings were up slightly after a period of decline. Law enforcement officials in Portland are also tracking increased gang activity, and while the rise is beyond simple explanations, it has been noted that many prominent gang members were released from prison last year.
Source: The Sunday Oregonian Date: January 11, 2004
Prison brawl quickly quelled; 2 inmates hurt (Fremont County, CO): Two dozen inmates began pummeling each other in a melee believed to be sparked by gangs at the Fremont Correctional Facility, according to corrections officials. Two men were injured with non-life-threatening wounds. "It's more than likely gang-related," an official said.
Source: The Denver Post Date: January 11, 2004
Gangs deadlier than terror (Los Angeles, CA): After a two-day summit, police chiefs and FBI agents from across the country are hoping to draft a national strategy to take to Washington, DC, to get more money and resources to fight gang violence. Despite overall drops in crime in Los Angeles, down by 22 percent, more than half of the city's roughly 500 homicides were gang-related, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Chicago, New York City, and Denver have also reported similar situations.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: January 11, 2004
Shooting leaves man wounded (Tucson, AZ): Tucson police are searching for two suspects in what they called a gang-related shooting on the South Side. The shooting occurred when a man and his passenger in a pickup argued with two men in another vehicle. All four are believed to be in their 20s, police said. The driver of the pickup stopped in the road, got out to confront the men, and was shot.
Source: Tucson Citizen Date: January 10, 2004
Shootings probed for gang ties (St. Paul, MN): Police in St. Paul and West St. Paul are investigating the connection between two possibly gang-related shooting incidents. The shooting in West St. Paul wounded a 43-year-old woman, but her injuries were not life-threatening. No one was injured in the St. Paul shooting, police said. The shootings are "clearly connected" and appear to be related to a disagreement among members of the Brown for Life and Latin Kings gangs, an officer said. Officials are searching for several suspects.
Source: Pioneer Press Date: January 10, 2004
Man charged in slaying of girl caught in cross fire (Las Vegas, NV): North Las Vegas police charged a 22-year-old man in the slaying of a 13-year-old girl who was killed in the crossfire of a gang shoot-out. The girl was walking home and was shot when gunfire was exchanged between people in a car and people on the sidewalk. Police are continuing the investigation to identify other people involved in the incident.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: January 10, 2004
Gang member sentenced in fatal shooting of bystander (Vista, CA): A gang member who was jumped at a Vista gas station and fatally shot a 19-year-old bystander when he retaliated against his attackers was sentenced to more than 101 years in prison. The 25-year-old man received 50 years to life for murder, plus 51 years and four months for attempted murder, using a gun, and acting in association with a street gang.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: January 10, 2004
Drive-by shooting remains a mystery (Manteca, CA): A drive-by shooting in which a shotgun was fired into a house door may have been related to Hispanic gang activity, police said. A family was in the house at the time of the shooting, but no one was injured. Police say the son may have been the target. No arrests have been made.
Source: Tri-Valley Herald Date: January 9, 2004
Man is killed (El Cajon, CA): Police arrested two gang members suspected of killing an 18-year-old man and injuring another in a shooting in El Cajon. The two victims noticed a car following them as they were driving. Gunshots were fired as the victims confronted the two suspects, ages 18 and 20. The suspects were arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, and gang-related charges shortly after the shooting.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: January 8, 2004
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