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Woman shot after street confrontation (Oxnard, CA): An 18-year-old woman was shot in Oxnard in what appears to have been a gang-related incident. She was walking with at least one other person when a car pulled up to the group and stopped. A man stepped out with a gun, the two groups exchanged words, and a gang slogan might have been yelled, police said. The man fired the gun at least twice, wounding the woman, police said. No arrests have been made.
Source: Ventura County Star    Date: October 30, 2003
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Suspect arrested in stabbing death at mall (Buena Ventura, CA): A 22-year-old man is being held on suspicion of killing of a 21-year-old man at the Pacific View mall, police said. According to police, witnesses first saw the two men arguing. After a fight ensued, a stabbing occurred. The victim was taken to a hospital where he died. Detectives said the incident is gang-related, and the suspect is a documented Oxnard gang member. The victim's background is still under investigation to see if he had any gang ties.
Source: Ventura County Star    Date: October 30, 2003
http://www.insidevc.com/...

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Two men shot at funeral in stable condition (Los Angeles, CA): Two men were wounded in what police believe was a gang shooting at Inglewood Park Cemetery, while hundreds of mourners were caught in a cross fire. Officers who had been monitoring a large funeral shot at suspected gunmen after seeing them open fire on a crowd. Shortly after, an officer confronted a man fleeing from the cemetery with a gun. The man pointed the weapon at the officer, and the officer shot at him, officials said. The gunman then jumped into a waiting car and escaped.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: October 29, 2003
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Slaying blamed on argument over money (Denver, CO): An 18-year-old man was fatally shot after getting into an argument over money with a 23-year-old man, police said. Investigation continues for the suspect, an alleged gang member, who faces a first-degree murder charge.
Source: The Denver Post    Date: October 29, 2003
http://www.denverpost.com

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Last four of indicted gang members caught in Connecticut (Syracuse, NY): Four alleged members of a Syracuse street gang were arrested ending a five-month manhunt. The four were the last remaining fugitives among 26 indicted this past June under federal racketeering laws. Three of the men, who were stopped in their car on a highway, were arrested after leading police on a brief foot chase. The fourth was arrested at a residence which police had under surveillance. Prosecutors allege that the men conspired to run a criminal enterprise selling crack and bulk amounts of marijuana. The indictment also accused the gang of one murder, attempted murder and witness tampering, as well as drug trafficking.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: October 28, 2003

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Hudson arrests 19 Bloods gang members (Jersey City, NJ): Nineteen members or associates of the Bloods street gang have been charged with offenses including racketeering, drug dealing, and aggravated assault. The suspected leader of the gang subset, which call themselves "Sex Money Murder-252," still remains at large. The investigation began five months ago when a task force was formed due to a noticeable increase in gang activity.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: October 28, 2003

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Gang arrests (Garden Grove, CA): Two men were arrested after leading Garden Grove police on a car chase. A 30-year-old man was booked on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a handgun, being a gang member with a gun, illegally discharging a weapon, exhibiting a weapon with the intent to resist arrest, and being a member of a street gang. The second man, age 28, was booked for being a felon with a gun, allowing a firearm to be brought into a car, being a gang member, and being a gang member with a gun. Both men were arrested after their car crashed on a freeway ramp.
Source: City News Service    Date: October 28, 2003

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Teens in robbery case will be tried as adults (Santa Rosa, CA): Two teens have been ordered to stand trial as adults for the beating and robbery of an 87-year-old woman at her home. The two boys have nine felony charges against them, and police believe they are active members of the Nortenos gang, based on their tattoos, red clothing, and haircuts. They are being tried as adults due to the severity of the crime, according to a Sonoma County prosecutor. The charges include burglary, residential robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, and gang-related enhancements.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle    Date: October 28, 2003

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Homicide (Los Angeles, CA): A man was shot to death in South Los Angeles in what may have been a gang-related attack, authorities said. The man was riding his bike in a driveway when two males walked up to him and shot him several times. The assailants fled. No other information was available.
Source: City News Service    Date: October 28, 2003

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Shots fired into group (Ontario, CA): Two men were killed, and four other people were injured after someone fired a gun into a group of partygoers in Ontario, officials said. Officials believe the incident was gang-related. Police arrested a 20- and 24-year-old on suspicion of attempted murder.
Source: The Press-Enterprise     Date: October 27, 2003

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Six alleged gang members charged (Rochester, NY): Rochester police arrested six Plymouth Rock gang members who may be linked to a series of shootings on the city's west side. The six men, ranging in age from 21 to 27, were arrested after a lengthy police investigation. While none of the men were formally charged in connection with the recent shootings, they are being held on weapons charges. Officials believe they are all involved in the shootings. During one of the most recent shootings, two 20-year-old men and a 21-year-old man were shot at a nightclub.
Source: Democrat and Chronicle    Date: October 27, 2003
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Teen gunned down in Bronx gang attack (Bronx, NY): A 15-year-old high school student was fatally shot after being attacked when he got off a bus. Officials believe the three attackers were retaliating for a brawl earlier in the week. While eight teens were questioned, only two 17-year-olds were arrested in the shooting. Police are searching for a third suspect.
Source: New York Daily News    Date: October 25, 2003
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County-based drug ring crushed (Ventura County, CA): Members of a Ventura County-based drug ring, who were believed to have moved as much as $600 million of Mexican-grown marijuana through the county on its way to distributors from California to the East Coast, were arrested by federal and local narcotics agents. Four men, who have links to local street gangs, are facing federal narcotics trafficking charges. In addition to these charges, officials indicted the men on charges of money laundering. Officials expect to make additional arrests.
Source: Ventura County Star    Date: October 25, 2003
http://www.insidevc.com/...

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Gang indictment could result in dealth penalty for one defendant (Boston, MA): Thirteen alleged members of the Stonehurst Crew street gang were charged with dealing drugs and attacking rival gangs in the Boston area, and one man was charged with murder. The indictment alleges that the members sold crack cocaine and marijuana in Boston, Randolph, and Brockton and that the gang warred with at least two other rival gangs. A 24-year-old male was also charged with murder in aid of racketeering. Federal prosecutors could seek the death penalty for the murder charge, but the decision has not been made yet. Although Massachusetts does not have a state capital punishment statute, certain federal crimes carry the death penalty.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: October 25, 2003
http://www.ap.org

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Boy wounded in drive-by shooting (Pittsburg, CA): Police are investigating a possible drive-by shooting that wounded a 14-year-old boy in Pittsburg. The shooting may have been a case of mistaken identity, though police suspect the victim had some gang affiliation. The victim was with two other people during the shooting, but they were not injured.
Source: Contra Costa Times    Date: October 24, 2003
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Gangs can pop up anywhere, police say (Poughkeepsie, NY): "Gangs aren't just an inner-city phenomenon anymore" was the message delivered at a recent conference on street gangs. According to a guest speaker at the event, "Gangs affect all localities -- they are a national problem." The conference was convened so police could trade information about gang activity they are seeing in their communities. Two local experts on gangs say they are seeing an increase in the number of gangs, including nationally-known organizations as well as a substantial number of "home-grown" gangs. Officials stressed the importance of residents working with police to identify and combat street gangs.
Source: Poughkeepsie Journal    Date: October 24, 2003
http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com

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Possible gang activity in Nitro (Nitro, WV): Nitro police and school officials are monitoring a group of about ten high school students who have formed what officials say is a gang. The students sometimes wear the same clothing and call themselves Devious. They have also set up a Web site and record label and have a symbol and other "earmarks of a gang," school officials said.
Source: Charleston Gazette    Date: October 24, 2003
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Council members push ban on spray-paint sales (Washington, DC): Two DC Council members are proposing to ban the sale of spray paint and etching pens to minors in an effort to combat graffiti. The Restricting Minor Access to Graffiti Materials Act of 2003 would prohibit the sale of all graffiti-making materials to anyone under the age of 18. The proposal comes after a summer of increased gang-related shootings and a proliferation of graffiti in Northwest DC neighborhoods. The proposed bill is an amendment to the Anti-Intimidation and Defacing of Public or Private Property Criminal Penalty Act of 1982. It would prohibit the sale of graffiti implements to anyone under 18, make the act of graffiti or sale of graffiti materials to a minor punishable by fines, imprisonment or both, and hold parents accountable for graffiti created by their children. Currently, minors who are charged with defacing property face up to 15 days in a juvenile correctional facility, 24 hours of community service, which includes removing the graffiti, and a $1,000 fine in addition to all other penalties and restoration work. The proposed amendment calls for the fine to be increased to $2,000, and the maximum jail sentence to be extended to 180 days. Some cities including New York City, Denver, and Phoenix already have graffiti laws and "lockup" ordinances which either bar minors from purchasing spray paint or require merchants to either lock up the spray paint or keep it away from the public.
Source: The Washington Times    Date: October 23, 2003
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Five alleged gang members charged in man's killing (Waukegan, IL): Five people have been charged with the fatal gang-related shooting of an 18-year-old, police said. According to reports, the victim was walking into a gym with another person, who is believed to be the intended target, when someone inside an SUV opened fire. All five suspects, ranging in age from 15 to 25, are alleged gang members. Three were charged with first-degree murder, and two were charged with mob action.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: October 23, 2003
http://www.chicago.tribune.com

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City cops find gun, hunt for suspect (Asbury Park, NJ): Police recovered a gun and signed a complaint against a suspect in a gang-related shooting that occurred between Haitian Americans and African Americans. No one was hurt in the gunfire, which took place about two blocks away from the city middle school. Three people seen leaving the scene were questioned by police and released. Police are seeking a suspect but have not yet released the identity of the suspect's gang.
Source: Asbury Park Press    Date: October 23, 2003
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