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Azusa homicide (Azusa, CA): A 23-year-old woman was fatally shot in front of the Azusa apartment building where she lived in what authorities said was a possible gang-related attack. Police say the woman was talking to the shooter, a man in his 20s, before the shooting occurred.
Source: City News Service Date: November 20, 2003
Bill would raise sentences on gang crimes (Columbia, SC): With increasing gang problems in South Carolina, at least one lawmaker is making a bid for new legislation that would keep those convicted of gang-related crimes in prison longer. Some people oppose the notion and argue that it would infringe on civil liberties and duplicate existing laws, such as drug laws that call for harsher penalties for possession of crack cocaine compared with powdered cocaine. Supporters of the legislation, including law enforcement officials, said gang-related crime is different because the activity often benefits the group as a whole. The legislation calls for an additional five years in prison for a gang-related felony and an additional year on a misdemeanor. The sentencing guidelines would be at the judge's discretion.
Source: The Myrtle Beach Sun-News Date: November 20, 2003
Third shooting suspect arrested (Wood Dale, IL): The third of three men wanted in connection with a shooting in Wood Dale was arrested in Carol Stream, authorities said. The 17-year-old was charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm and mob action. The other two men, ages 20 and 21, were arrested earlier and charged with mob action. The shooting occurred after a fight in a parking lot as people were fleeing the scene. Witnesses told police gang signs ignited a fight between rival street gangs.
Source: Daily Herald Date: November 19, 2003
Drive-by slaying probed (Sacramento, CA): Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that killed a 32-year-old man. The man, a known gang member, was standing outside a home when he was shot from a passing minivan, police said. Police are looking for suspects.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: November 19, 2003
Three Buffalo men arrested in gunfire incident (Buffalo, NY): Three men, ages 24, 25, and 33, were arrested after they were heard shooting off guns in a residential backyard. They each face four felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of stolen property, and violation of a city ordinance for discharging a firearm in the city. The 33-year-old was also charged with an additional count of criminal possession of a weapon because of a previous robbery conviction. Police report that all three men are involved in gang activity. Officials are looking into reports that several of the bullets allegedly fired by the men entered a nearby house.
Source: The Buffalo News Date: November 19, 2003
Two Suffolk men charged in gang-related death (Suffolk, NY): Two suspects, ages 18 and 19, were arrested and charged with second-degree murder for killing a 22-year-old man. Police received a tip linking the 18-year-old suspect, a known gang member, to the July killing. After questioning the suspect, police learned that he and a fellow member of the MS-13 gang lured the victim into a wooded area of Central Islip, beat him, and then stabbed him to death. Police say the suspects lived a short distance from the victim and believed he was a member of a rival gang. Evidence has been recovered from the scene, but officials would not specify what evidence was found.
Source: Newsday Date: November 18, 2003
Suspect has drug ties (Los Angeles, CA): Police are searching for a 19-year-old man who started a gunfight with Burbank police in a hotel parking lot, killing a 26-year-old officer and seriously wounding a 41-year-old officer. Police believe the suspect may have been using a hotel room as a base for dealing drugs or guns. The man's 25-year-old alleged accomplice was also killed during the incident. Both men were alleged members of a Sun Valley-area street gang.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: November 18, 2003
Anaheim man killed in fight (Anaheim, CA): A 21-year-old Anaheim man was killed during a fight that police said appeared to be gang-related. The man was found at the Lincoln Palms Motel after police received calls of a fight and then another of "shots fired." Police suspect that at least one other person was also shot during the altercation.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: November 17, 2003
Teen held in fatal shooting (Phoenix, AZ): A 14-year-old boy was charged with fatally shooting a 22-year-old male and wounding a 16-year-old boy during a drive-by attack near downtown Phoenix, police said. The suspect was apparently taking part in gang initiation rites. The two victims were playing basketball when a car drove by and opened fire. The 14-year-old was in the car with a 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man. The 16-year-old driver was being held in connection with the attack. The 18-year-old passenger was jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder, aggravated assault, and drive-by shooting.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: November 17, 2003
Reputed gang member charged in slaying of Paterson woman (Paterson, NJ): A reputed, high-ranking member of the Bloods gang has been charged with the shooting death of a woman. The 23-year-old suspect allegedly shot a woman several times a few houses from where she lived. Officials believe the killing is gang-related. The suspect was charged with murder, weapons possession, burglary, criminal restraint, and failure to render aid.
Source: The Record Date: November 17, 2003
Officials swap ideas on combating gangs (Washington, DC): Officials and community leaders from Prince George's and Montgomery counties and the District met to discuss strategies for combating what police say is a steady rise in gang activity across the region. It was the first of a series of meetings to swap ideas and develop a more coordinated response to gang violence. Currently, area police have a database to share intelligence on local gangs, but an official said he would like to see more joint enforcement and intervention efforts "on the street." In recent months, three men described by police as members of the Salvadoran gang MS-13 were sentenced to prison for the killing of a 19-year-old girl. In Prince George's, two suspected MS-13 members are awaiting trials in the beating and shooting of a 16-year-old freshman just outside High Point High School in Beltsville. And most recently, a disagreement between two neighborhood gangs escalated into a brawl involving at least 15 students in the cafeteria of Ballou Senior High School in DC.
Source: The Washington Post Date: November 16, 2003
Teen charged in death of boy (Pittsburg, CA): Police arrested two men, ages 17 and 22, for the drive-by shooting death of a teen in Pittsburg. The victim, age 14, was shot as the two suspects were traveling in a pickup truck. The 17-year-old suspect was charged as an adult with murder. The 22-year-old, who was driving the truck, is also being charged with murder.
Source: Contra Costa Times Date: November 15, 2003
Boy is shot while eating at sidewalk table (Los Angeles, CA): A 17-year-old boy was shot in an apparent drive-by shooting as he was eating at a sidewalk restaurant table with friends in Lincoln Heights. The assailants drove past and fired three shots, one of which grazed the boy, police said. He was treated, but the wound was not serious. Police said it was not clear whether the boy had been targeted.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: November 15, 2003
Woman attacked by gang members (Port St. Lucie, FL): Residents were terrorized in their Port St. Lucie home by members of the South 13th Street gang. After breaking into the house, a man forced his way into the bathroom where a woman and two toddlers were hiding and struck the woman with a bat. Police have no motive or suspects.
Source: The Palm Beach Post Date: November 14, 2003
Man fatally shot near apartments (Tulsa, OK): Police are investigating a possible gang-related incident in which a man in his mid-20s was fatally shot in the courtyard of a Tulsa apartment complex. Witnesses provided police with details of the suspect. This was the 57th homicide investigated by Tulsa police this year, and at least six of them were gang-related.
Source: Tulsa World Date: November 12, 2003
Man shot to death in Creighton Court (Richmod, VA): One person was killed, and two others were wounded in an apparent drive-by shooting in Richmond's Creighton Court public-housing complex. It was the 84th homicide in Richmond this year, compared with 61 on the same date in 2002. Police have a description of the vehicle used in the shooting, and investigation is continuing.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch Date: November 12, 2003
Alleged gang leader is found shot dead (Paterson, NJ): A suspected five-star general in the Bloods street gang died from multiple gunshots to the head. Residents of the area reported hearing gunshots but did not know who drove the vehicle in which the victim was found. Detectives are attempting to establish a motive and determine what the victim was doing in the Westside neighborhood. There are seven Bloods factions in the city, but police would not comment on which one the victim was associated with.
Source: The Record Date: November 12, 2003
Man arrested on drug charge (Spokane, WA): A 23-year-old man with suspected ties to a Los Angeles street gang has been arrested in Spokane by agents assigned to a Drug Enforcement Administration task force. The man was arrested on a charge of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, officials said. At the time of the arrest, agents seized 4.5 ounces of crack cocaine and a loaded 9 mm semiautomatic handgun, an agent said. "Our information is that he's a gang member from Los Angeles," he said. The man was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.
Source: The Spokesman-Review Date: November 12, 2003
Bail $500,000 in man's case (Vancouver, WA): A 24-year-old, self-described gang member is suspected of shooting a 23-year-old man at a Rosemere residence in west Vancouver. According to court documents, during an interview with a corrections officer, the suspect said he belonged to a gang and the shooting was gang-related. He admitted to using alcohol, methamphetamine, and marijuana and said he was high when he shot the other man.
Source: The Columbian Date: November 11, 2003
Gang dispute sparks brawl at District's Ballou High (Washington, DC): A dispute between neighborhood crews set off a brawl involving at least 15 students in the cafeteria of Ballou Senior High School, DC school officials and police said. The fistfight followed two recent shootings just outside school buildings in DC, including one that took place near Anacostia Senior High School and one outside Ballou, in which no one was hurt. Although no one was badly injured and no weapons were used in the most recent fight, school officials said it was the most serious gang-related incident to occur inside a DC school building this year. Several students involved were suspended, but no arrests were made. According to police, a 16-year-old student jumped a 17-year-old student, and then 15 to 20 other students joined the fight.
Source: The Washington Post Date: November 11, 2003
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