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Arrests made in Devine area slaying (Devine, TX): Authorities arrested three suspects, ages 22, 27, and 28, on capital murder charges in the May 4 ambush slaying of two Medina County men, ages 20 and 27. A 26-year-old man was jailed a week earlier on the same charges. Officials say the killings appeared to be payback for an earlier shooting of a man outside the Horseshoe Inn in Natalia.
Source: San Antonio Express-News Date: August 7, 2003
Hayward shootings leave four wounded (Hayward, CA): Four men, ages ranging from mid-teens to 20, were injured in what authorities say may have been a gang-related drive-by shooting. Investigators think the four men were standing close to one another when they were shot with "birdshot" pellets. Three men suffered only minor wounds and the fourth was seriously injured, police said. The victims were wearing a lot of red, prompting police to investigate the shooting as a gang-related incident. One suspect was arrested in connection to the shooting and another man remains at large.
Source: The Argus Date: August 7, 2003
Anti-gang program expands to Eastside with federal funds (Los Angeles, CA): City and county officials are expanding an anti-gang program to the Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Hollenbeck Division and the East Los Angeles sheriff's station area. The program, which is designed to reduce crime by intervening before gang activity can escalate, has significantly reduced crime in at least six Los Angeles County neighborhoods. Officers on patrol collect intelligence; parole agents maintain pressure on parolees; and prosecutors can bring coordinated cases. Although LAPD's Pacific, Northeast, Foothill, Devonshire, and Newton Divisions have proven successful, the program has struggled to maintain its funding. The new expansion has received $2.5 million in federal funding.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: August 7, 2003
Man just released from prison killed at home (Anaheim, CA): A 27-year-old man was killed in a gang-related shooting after being released from prison just a few days earlier, police said. The man's girlfriend heard the shot and called police. He was found dead from a gunshot wound, authorities said.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: August 7, 2003
Gang violence rages across jurisdictions (DC and Virginia): In the District, a recent increase in gang violence has law enforcement agencies concerned that it may spread into the suburbs. Since July 26, four people have been killed and five others injured in the District in a series of shootings that the Metropolitan Police Department has classified as gang-related. According to police, the violence stems from two disputes between two Latino gangs based in the Hispanic communities of Northwest. One dispute involves a large Hispanic gang called La Mara R and the "1-5 Crew." The other dispute involves gangs called Street Thug Criminals, or STC, and Vatos Locos, which translates loosely to "crazy men." In addition to the District, some of the Latino communities have spread into the state of Virginia. The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office said the death of an 18-year-old female member of MS-13, whose body was found in the Shenandoah River's North Fork on July 17, appears to have been gang-related. Eighty-two gangs have been identified in Fairfax County, but only two police supervisors and seven detectives work gang crimes in the county. Officials in Virginia and the District are quickly forming task forces or partnerships to combat gang violence. Furthermore, the Metropolitan Police Chief announced the formation of a gang-intervention partnership between government and community-based organizations to negotiate a truce to the gang violence.
Source: The Washington Times Date: August 7, 2003
Portland police on alert after shootings (Portland, OR): In a spate of recent shootings in North and Northeast Portland, police suspect many shooters have been associated with two local gangs, the Rolling 60s Crips and the Failing Bloc. While some of the shootings may be retaliatory strikes, gang enforcement team officers are trying to determine what's prompting the shootings, who is involved, and if there are links among them. Two cousins were seriously wounded in a July 26 shooting when a gunman who was hiding in the bushes fired on them, police said. That same night, a 24-year-old man was shot and killed while driving south on Interstate 205. Graffiti has also shown up in parks and other local establishments, including graffiti tied to an all-female gang called Latin Babies that was found at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center and 13th Street gang graffiti that was found spray-painted in McDonald's bathrooms.
Source: The Oregonian Date: August 6, 2003
Three charged in shooting of Minneapolis toddler (Jordan, MN): In Jordan, a 20-month-old girl was wounded during a gang-related shooting. Two men walked up to the duplex where the girl was staying and fired two shots. Bullet fragments hit the girl and left her in critical condition. Police say the shooting was gang-related since the intended target, a rival gang member and relative to the girl's mother, was in the living room a half-hour before the shooting. The two men were each charged with felony first-degree assault and committing a crime to benefit a gang. They are associated with the Young Thugs gang, an offshoot of the Gangster Disciples. Police say they appear to be feuding with the Mickey Cobras. A third man was arrested and charged with being an accomplice after the fact in a first-degree assault because he witnessed the shooting but didn't cooperate with police.
Source: Star Tribune Date: August 6, 2003
Shooting victim's condition serious (Binghamton, NY): In Binghamton, a 23-year-old man was in serious condition after being shot in the parking lot at the Carousel Inn. The victim was approached by someone who asked him a question and then shot him as he was walking away, police said. Police were given a description of the suspect. Investigation is continuing.
Source: Press $ Sun-Bulletin Date: August 5, 2003
Seven wounded in Southeast in drive-by attack (Washington, DC): Seven people were wounded during a drive-by shooting in far Southeast Washington, authorities said. It was unclear how many shots were fired, but one police officer said he counted almost four dozen shell casings from ammunition that is fired from assault rifles. Police have not determined a motive for the attack, but speculate that it may have stemmed from conflict between rival groups in the Garfield and Congress Heights areas. None of the victims, all believed to be young men in their teens or twenties, suffered life-threatening wounds.
Source: The Washington Post Date: August 5, 2003
Gang link is alleged in Stickney Township slaying (Stickney Township, IL): An 18-year-old man was shot and killed in what appeared to be a gang-related attack, officials said. The man was talking with friends on the deck of a house in Stickney Township when two men in a car swerved toward the corner house on the street. One of the men opened fire, hitting the victim. Cook County sheriff's police said they were investigating the incident and had not ruled out gang warfare as a motive since the area, known as Nottingham Park, recently had gang-related violence. They said they had no suspects.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: August 5, 2003
Chicago man charged in Cicero slaying (Cook County, IL): A Chicago man has been charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in connection with the gang-related slaying of a Cicero man on June 27. The man was taken into custody in Kentucky after law enforcement officials used phone records and money-wire transfer records to track him down at a bus station. The U.S. Marshals Service, FBI, and Chicago police assisted in the investigation leading to his arrest. A grand jury is expected to hear testimony from detectives investigating the case.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: August 5, 2003
Anti-gang program set to get $626,000 (Los Angeles, CA): City officials are recommending that the Central Recovery and Development Project (CRDP), a South Los Angeles gang intervention program, receive $626,000 in funding for the 2003-04 fiscal year. Although recent scores show that the CRDP is among the lowest in its effectiveness, officials with the Community Development Department say that the scores should not be used to determine whether they receive more money. CRDP merits another year of funding because it has years of experience working in South Los Angeles, providing such activities as midnight basketball and anti-violence marches, an official said.
Source: Copley News Service Date: August 5, 2003
Motorist killed (Compton, CA): Authorities have arrested a 17-year-old boy for his alleged involvement in a shooting that killed a 22-year-old woman in Compton. The woman, along with two male passengers, was driving when an SUV pulled in front of her and forced her to stop. Two armed men got out, approached the victim's car, and fired several shots. The gunmen then got back into the SUV, which was occupied by two other men, and sped off, police said. The teen was arrested after investigators found a vehicle abandoned near the crime scene that matched the description of the SUV used in the shooting. The attack was believed to be gang-related, an officer said.
Source: City News Service Date: August 5, 2003
Man facing murder charges in shooting (Indio, CA): Indio Police Department arrested and charged a 20-year-old man for fatally shooting a 16-year-old boy and critically injuring his 19-year-old friend. The man is being charged with murder and attempted murder, officials say. Police do not know if the motive was gang-related or not. Investigation is continuing.
Source: The Desert Sun Date: August 5, 2003
Man killed in apparent drive-by shooting (Salinas, CA): Authorities are investigating an apparent drive-by shooting that left a Salinas man dead in his car. Passengers in the victim's car were not injured. The motive for the shooting is unknown, and law enforcement officials have not released information on possible suspects or suspect vehicles.
Source: Monterey County Herald Date: August 4, 2003
Border war cited in shooting (Berkeley, CA): A drive-by shooting in South Berkeley could have been the latest incident in a "border war" between rival groups along the Berkeley/Oakland border, authorities said. Two pedestrians were fired at from someone in a passing car, but no one was hit. The area has been the scene of what police say is a feud between two violent groups, who have committed a string of both daytime and nighttime shootings and at least two murders. Police have no information on the suspects or the vehicle.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: August 4, 2003
Shooting hurts two in Alpaugh (Alpaugh, CA): Sheriff's detectives are investigating a shooting that wounded two people, ages 23 and 22. The two were sitting in front of a house when someone in a SUV pulled up, asked about gang affiliation, and then opened fire. Neither suffered any life-threatening wounds.
Source: Tulare Advance-Register Date: August 4, 2003
Police investigate shootings (Oklahoma City and Bethany, OK): Police in Oklahoma City and Bethany are investigating separate shootings involving three victims. The first shooting, which involved two men in southwest Oklahoma City, had no indications of being gang-related. The second shooting was gang-related, according to witnesses. A man was playing basketball at Garrison Park when a vehicle pulled up and a man got out and fired several rounds into the pavement around the basketball player. A bullet fragment ricocheted off the pavement and hit the man. Police have made no arrests and have no leads on the suspect.
Source: The Daily Oklahoman Date: August 4, 2003
Card player shot in Paterson (Paterson, NJ): Police are seeking the suspect that shot a 22-year-old man as he was playing cards outside with several people. According to authorities, four shots were fired, but they are unsure if the shooting was gang-related or if the man was the intended target. The victim was treated and released from the hospital.
Source: The Record Date: August 4, 2003
More officers assigned to city police gang unit (Oklahoma City, OK): Oklahoma City police have increased the number of gang investigators and made plans to teach Oklahoma County sheriff's deputies and jailers more about the area's gang problems. Six officers have been temporarily assigned to the gang unit's street enforcement team and a vacant slot was filled on the gang intelligence team. The intelligence team acts as the investigative branch of the gang unit by gathering information for the district attorney to file charges on gang arrests made by the street team and investigating all gang-related violent crimes except homicides.
Source: The Daily Oklahoman Date: August 3, 2003
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