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Richmond man killed in drive-by shooting (San Pablo, CA): A 23-year-old man was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting in San Pablo, police said. The victim was shot by one of two men in a passing SUV. No arrests have been made.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle Date: September 28, 2003
One dead, two hurt in stabbing (Bronx, NY): A 22-year-old member of the Bloods gang and a 19-year-old man were charged in a Bronx stabbing that left a 19-year-old dead and two other men hospitalized, police said. The two assailants and an unidentified third man confronted the three victims and began to argue. A fight ensued, and the 22-year-old pulled out a knife and fatally stabbed the 19-year-old victim. The other victims, ages 24 and 35, were wounded and in stable and critical condition, respectively. The two men arrested were charged with manslaughter, weapons possession, and gang assault. Investigators are searching for the third suspect.
Source: Daily News Date: September 28, 2003
Fight doomed honor student (New York, NY): An 18-year-old male was fatally shot during a fight between rival gangs over a girl, police said. The victim was walking with two or three friends when he stopped to talk with a street vendor. The fight began between the two groups, some of whom may be members of the Bloods street gang. At some point, shots were fired and the victim was hit as he ran away. No arrests have been made.
Source: New York Post Date: September 28, 2003
Fight may have involved gang activity (Dover Township, NJ): Three men, ages 20, 24, and 27, were stabbed during a possible gang-related fight outside the Park Ridge Apartments, police said. Seven men, ages ranging between 18 and 21, and the 27-year-old victim were arrested and charged with aggravated assault. None of the men were seriously injured.
Source: Asbury Park Press Date: September 27, 2003
Drug bust nets potent marijuana (Orange County, FL): A nationwide search for members of a violent New York gang netted more than $20,000 of high-grade marijuana and two fugitives in Central Florida. The two 24-year-old men have been on the run from federal authorities since July, when arrest warrants were issued for racketeering charges against them and 24 other members of the Boot Camp street gang. Boot Camp members have been linked to the stabbing of five Syracuse University football players, as well as drug dealing and several slayings. Recently the gang expanded to Ohio, where members sold Canadian marijuana called "Quebec Gold" for about $30 a gram.
Source: Orlando Sentinel Date: September 27, 2003
Police link shoot-out death to new gang (Hunterdon County, NJ): A 22-year-old man from Hunterdon County who was fatally shot by a Warren County police officer less than four months ago was a member of the Lebanon Borough Crew (LBC). This group has not been officially classified as a gang by state authorities who follow a set of criteria, including the number of members, acts of committing crimes together, and using common symbols and indicators. State police have been investigating LBC's activities and other members since May, but it was not until recently at a violence awareness seminar called "Challenges Our Youth Face" that others became aware of the potential gang. Hunterdon's gang activity mirrors a statewide trend of gangs spreading from urban cities to rural and suburban communities, marking their territory in such neighboring counties as Somerset, Union, and Middlesex. According to state police, there are more than 10,000 gang members in New Jersey.
Source: Courier News Date: September 26, 2003
142 arrested in two-year sting (Hempstead, Roosevelt, and Long Beach, NY): A two-year sting operation by local law enforcement aimed at combating gang activity in Hempstead, Roosevelt, and Long Beach yielded the arrest of 142 people, including 32 alleged gang members. The agencies, which included Nassau police and prosecutors and Long Beach police, targeted drug activity in those areas and gang members who sold drugs and committed crimes there.
Source: Newsday Date: September 26, 2003
16-year-old boy killed in drive-by (Chicago, IL): Police are searching for the shooter of a drive-by attack that left a 16-year-old boy dead. The boy was standing at an intersection when the suspect drove by and shot him several times.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: September 26, 2003
18 girls suspended over anti-gang rule (Kaufman, TX): Eighteen girls received one-day suspensions from a Kaufman junior high school for wearing shirts that officials said violated dress-code provisions designed to prevent gang activity. Initially, nine girls were suspended for wearing shirts that had various shades of blue. Nine more girls were suspended later for violating the dress code in what the principal believed was done out of protest. A year ago, a group of mostly boys wore blue and called themselves by a gang name, so the suspension of the girls was done to prevent any potential gang activity at the school. Kaufman's dress code states in part, "Clothing items cannot be worn in any way that reflects gang affiliation, conceals contraband, or creates a distraction."
Source: The Dallas Morning News Date: September 26, 2003
Four teens arrested in Sunnyslope shooting (Sunnyslope, AZ): Four teenagers, ages 14, 16, and two 17-year-olds, have been arrested in connection with a gang-related shooting in which eight youngsters were struck by a shotgun blast. Some did suffer injuries, but no one was killed. All four suspects are gang members and face eight counts of aggravated assault, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office said. According to witnesses and police, the four youths pulled up to a basketball court at the Sunnyslope Police Athletic League Center where rival gang members were playing. The two groups exchanged words and within minutes were exchanging blows across the street from the basketball court. At one point, someone grabbed a shotgun from the car and opened fire into the crowd.
Source: The Arizona Republic Date: September 26, 2003
Stabbings may be gang-related (Dover Township, NJ): Dover Township police are reviewing the possibility that a pair of stabbings at the Park Ridge Apartments are tied to gang activity. Investigators believe the individuals involved may be connected to gang activity in Dover Township. No serious injuries were reported in either incident. Police arrested eight men in connection with the second stabbing.
Source: Ocean County Observer Date: September 26, 2003
Two men stabbed in street fight (Salt Lake City, UT): Police are investigating a possible gang-related attack in which two young men were stabbed. The victims were in a car when they pulled over and got into a confrontation with passengers from another vehicle. Witnesses told police that four men in a car pulled over near the victims, but only one committed the stabbing.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: September 25, 2003
Drive-by shooting puts West Valley teen in hospital (West Valley City, UT): Police are searching for a group that may have been involved in wounding a 17-year-old boy during a possible gang-related, drive-by shooting. The boy was standing in front of a house when a car approached, and someone from inside fired multiple shots. The boy's injuries were not considered life threatening.
Source: Deseret News Date: September 25, 2003
Crackdown targets gangs (Augusta, GA): Authorities in Richmond County have arrested and charged a 17-year-old boy in connection with a gang-related incident in which members of the Josey High School cross-country team were threatened by a group of men with guns. The boy was charged with reckless conduct and is being held at the Richmond County jail. Two gangs under investigation with this incident are the Southside Posse and the Sunset Boys. Authorities believe there will be many arrests to come as they increase their efforts in bringing gang-related violence to a halt.
Source: The Augusta Chronicle Date: September 25, 2003
Police arrest another man in shooting (Winston-Salem, NC): Two men, ages 24 and 31, were arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting that left a 19-year-old man dead. Both men were charged with first-degree murder. Although the motive is still under investigation, police say drugs appeared to have played a role.
Source: Winston-Salem Journal Date: September 25, 2003
Two arrested in gang shootings (Washington, DC): Police have made arrests in four of five shootings among Hispanic gang members, between July 26 and August 4, that left four dead and five injured. Most recently, two men, both age 18, were arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man. Officials credit the newly-created, gang intervention task force, which includes police, public officials, and community groups, for helping quell gang violence.
Source: The Washington Times Date: September 25, 2003
Drive-by shooting (Van Nuys, CA): In Van Nuys, a 37-year-old woman was seriously wounded in a possible gang-related, drive-by attack, police said. Two suspects apparently shot at a crowd of gang members and hit the woman instead. No other information was available.
Source: City News Service Date: September 25, 2003
Gunmen who killed boy still at large (Los Angeles, CA): A 14-year-old boy was fatally shot, in front of his East Los Angeles house, when gang members in a car fired several shots at a rival gang member walking on the sidewalk, authorities said. Police are still looking for the suspects.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: September 25, 2003
School police studying anti-gang task force (Woodland Hills, CA): School district police are considering the creation of an anti-gang coalition on the campus of Taft High School after three students were wounded in a gang-related, drive-by shooting. The coalition would be modeled after a Los Angeles Police Department program and would bring together anti-gang officers, intervention specialists, and others to recommend ways to avert violence.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: September 24, 2003
Orange County gangs appear to dwindle (Orange County, CA): According to the ninth annual survey focusing on the Conditions of Children in Orange County in 2003, fewer youthful gang members are committing crimes and roaming local streets. The report, which covered a variety of issues concerning juveniles, was compiled by county agencies including the District Attorney's Office, Probation Department, and Juvenile Justice Commission. The number of known gang members between 8- and 17-year-olds is down 81 percent since 1995 from 4,326 to 830 in 2002. The number of offenses committed by juveniles fell 21 percent from a high of 19,164 in 1996 to 14,986 in 2001. Areas around the county have seen the long-term drop in gang membership and youth violence. The numbers dropped in part because of tougher sentences, including forfeiture of gang members' property. According to police, gang members seek to avoid stiffer prosecution by denying or concealing their affiliations. The Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act of 1989 stated that members of criminal street gangs could see as many as three years tacked onto their sentences when arrested on suspicion of a gang-related crime. Furthermore, government funded-intervention programs like the Youth and Family Resource Centers in Orange County are also helping.
Source: The Orange County Register Date: September 24, 2003
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