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Drug gang member sentenced to life (Houston, TX): A 30-year-old ranking member of the Victoria branch of the Mexican Mafia drug gang was sentenced to life in prison without parole for drug dealing and participating in the killing of three men, the U.S. attorney's office said. The man was convicted in May of conspiracy and racketeering. According to testimony from the Assistant U.S. Attorney, the man was a sergeant, the second-highest rank in the prison-spawned Mexican Mafia's local branch.
Source: The Houston Chronicle Date: October 20, 2003
Teen fatally shot, another injured in St. Petersburg drive-by (St. Petersburg, FL): A 17-year-old boy was killed, and a 15-year-old boy was wounded in a drive-by shooting, authorities said. The two were sitting outside a house when a pickup truck drove by with two men inside. The four shouted at each other, and the men drove off. The men returned and continued the argument, before leaving a second time. Returning a third time, the suspects opened fire at the two teens. Later that night, police arrested two men, ages 17 and 18, who matched the witnesses' descriptions. The 17-year-old was charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. Investigators said they believe he was the shooter. The 18-year-old was charged with second-degree murder and possession of cannabis. Investigators said his gun was used in the shootings.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: October 20, 2003
Asian gang violence escalates in East Bay (San Francisco, CA): The recent killing of a 15-year-old Richmond girl has raised some concerns about Asian gang violence in the East Bay area. Police say members of one gang, known as the Sons of Death, fired more than a dozen rounds into the girl's home in an apparent effort to kill her older brother, who allegedly has ties to a rival gang, the Color of Blood. Police arrested two brothers two days after the shooting. One of the brothers was arrested in connection with the shooting, and the other was arrested for unrelated warrants but may be charged with the girl's slaying. The rivalry between the two gangs started so long ago that gang detectives are unclear of why they turned against each other. Both gangs are primarily made up of second-generation Laotian and Vietnamese immigrants whose parents came over from the mountain regions. Most criminal justice statistics show that Asian Americans as a whole are less likely to become involved in crime than virtually any other group. However, studies focusing on crime rates among specific Asian ethnic groups have found that young people of Laotian descent are more likely to commit crimes than whites or Latinos.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle Date: October 19, 2003
Officers arrest three in shooting (Richmond County, GA): Richmond County authorities have arrested and charged three males in connection to a gang-related shooting. A 17-year-old member of a gang known as "O-Dub" and a 16- and 18-year-old from a rival "Circle Boys" gang were "trash-talking" to one another when the 16-year-old pulled out a gun. No one was hurt in the incident, but the 17-year-old was charged with reckless conduct, and the 16-year-old was charged with possession of a firearm by a person under age 18 and with pointing a weapon at another, an investigator said. The 18-year-old was charged with reckless conduct, marijuana possession, and two counts of theft by receiving stolen property from a man who robbed a bank.
Source: The Augusta Chronicle Date: October 18, 2003
Violence drawn to Central Jersey (Somerset County, NJ): Law enforcement officials say criminal gangs are alive and well and operating in Somerset County. According to a detective, there is gang presence in every town in the county. The gangs include Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings, Lu Mugre, and the 18th Street Gang. The gangs have been documented with criminal activities such as killings, drugs, and selling weapons. Moreover, violent crimes are part of initiation ceremonies, and sometimes even fellow members are attacked. Police say part of the reason gang members have come to Somerset County is because they feel that there is a great opportunity to make money.
Source: Courier News Date: October 18, 2003
Gangsta shoots three (Brooklyn, NY): Two teenage boys, both 15 years old, were shot, and a 16-year-old boy was grazed by a bullet when a gunman opened fire at them from across a Brooklyn street. The attack, which occurred outside the Glenwood housing project in Flatlands, may have been gang-related, police said. The gunman was seen wearing a headband with Puerto Rican colors and red clothing, which could mean that he is associated with the Bloods.
Source: New York Post Date: October 18, 2003
Two die in suspected gang shootings (San Bernardino, CA): Two men, ages 17 and 21, were found dead after a gang-related attack in the Highland-Guthrie area of San Bernardino, police reported. Police believe the 21-year-old man, who was a member of a Palmdale-based gang, may have been killed for encroaching on a local street gang's turf. Police believe the 17-year-old was not an intended target but may have seen too much of the first shooting and therefore was shot. "We get a big influx of transitory gang members, coming here from Pomona, Los Angeles, and Lancaster to visit their friends and family," an officer said. "While you see a lot of gang shootings in Los Angeles based on confrontations that start with, 'Hey, you're in our neighborhood,' here, it's, 'Hey, you're in our city.' The gang members here don't want others coming in taking their business." Earlier this year, police officials conducted a gang injunction program, issuing search warrants at troubled areas that netted an estimated 40 arrests, helped dismantle one gang's hierarchy, and resulted in the confiscation of 16 guns and 7 pounds of marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: October 17, 2003
Lancaster man killed, teen wounded in gang shootings (Lancaster and Palmdale, CA): In Palmdale and Lancaster, two unrelated gang shootings left a teen wounded and a man dead. In the Palmdale shooting, a teen was walking with a friend when a car drove up beside them, and someone in the back seat shot at them. The victim's friend recognized the assailants' car as belonging to local street-gang members, deputies said. In the Lancaster shooting, a man was fatally shot outside a house after he and an alleged gang member got into an argument. Officials believe that both men are affiliated with the same gang.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: October 17, 2003
Three arrested in shooting death of teen at March quinceañera (El Cajon, CA): Three gang members were arrested in connection with the March 30 shooting death of an 18-year-old student. The victim was leaving a party with alleged gang members when the three suspects, who are rival gang members and were unsuccessful at crashing the party earlier, got into a confrontation with them. Someone pulled out a gun and shot the 18-year-old. Police said the victim was not a gang member.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: October 17, 2003
Arrests made in connection with fatal shooting (Salt Lake City, UT): Three men were arrested by police for their involvement in what was probably a gang-related shooting that left one man dead at a Kimball Junction nightclub. One suspect was a member of the Glendale Tongan Crip gang, while the other two were alleged rival members of the Baby Regulators gang. A deputy said that when the shots went off in the club, the music was so loud that nobody knew a gun was fired.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: October 17, 2003
Three charged in stray-bullet killing of elderly woman (Shreveport, LA): Three Shreveport men, ages 18, 20, and 22, were charged with the murder of a 75-year-old woman during a drive-by shooting. The victim was shot in her living room from a shootout in front of her home. The incident is a first-degree murder case because a person died during the commission of a drive-by shooting. Officials are seeking the death penalty.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: October 16, 2003
Gang fight follow-up (Salisbury, MD): Police officials have made one arrest in a recent John Street gang fight, and investigators are close to several others. Arrests were delayed due to the fact that police had only nicknames and physical descriptions of the suspects. Three people were injured in the brawl that involved close to 40 teenagers. Two people were shot, and one was beaten with a baseball bat. The person arrested was neither the shooter nor the individual who beat the man with the bat. The initial incident prompted retaliation from a rival neighborhood gang.
Source: Daily Times Date: October 16, 2003
Figueroa shooting (Los Angeles, CA): Two men, ages 31 and 35, were fatally shot, and a third victim was hospitalized in a gang-related attack in the city's Vermont Knolls area, according to police reports. No other information was available.
Source: City News Service Date: October 15, 2003
Groups plan to rid city of gangs (Augusta, GA): At a meeting called Gang Awareness and Prevention: A Life or Death Emergency, leaders representing law enforcement, schools, and other parts of the community agreed that Augusta has a gang problem. They discussed methods of counteracting gang activity in schools and throughout the community. Authorities say gangs in the area exist in nontraditional forms and are mostly neighborhood-based cliques or posses. "You won't find them wearing bandanas like in Hollywood," an investigator said.
Source: The Augusta Chronicle Date: October 15, 2003
Shooting is gang-related (Albuquerque, NM): A series of gunshots in Albuquerque's South Broadway area left an 18-year-old man wounded in what police are calling a gang-related shooting. Police believe the shootings were related and that the perpetrators have gang ties. According to reports, groups of young people from about five vehicles fired some of the shots. No arrests have been made.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: October 15, 2003
Police probe drive-by shooting (Sacramento, CA): Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that left a 20-year-old man dead. The man was walking with a friend when two men in a car drove by and fired a gun. Authorities say the shooting may have been a retaliatory act in gang-related activity.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: October 14, 2003
T-shirts heighten presence of gangs (Richmond County, GA): Three female students at Cross Creek High School were suspended for wearing gang symbols on their T-shirts and flashing them during a bomb-threat evacuation. School officials said the shirts depicted "gang-related material" and were offensive and disruptive to the school. The students denied being gang members, but said they were friends of people in gangs. They were suspended for five days and assigned to five additional days of in-school suspension.
Source: The Augusta Chronicle Date: October 14, 2003
Arrest in death of shop owner (Chicago, IL): A 22-year-old alleged gang member and parolee has been charged in connection with the robbery and slaying of a shopkeeper in his store in Albany Park, police said. The 22-year-old, who has ties with a Chicago street gang, is being charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery. Police have arrested the suspect, but the two alleged accomplices are still at large.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: October 14, 2003
Bystander wounded in drive-by shooting (Baton Rouge, LA): A 19-year-old bystander was wounded in a drive-by shooting, police said. The victim and his friends were standing in a vacant lot when a car pulled up, and words were exchanged with people inside the vehicle. The car returned a short time later, and shots were fired. Police say the 19-year-old was not the intended victim, but that he was caught in the cross fire or hit by a stray round. No information on arrests or suspects was available.
Source: The Advocate Date: October 14, 2003
Stabbing victims are on gang list (DeWitt, NY): Police are investigating whether a fight in which four men were stabbed was gang-related. Three of the victims are on a list of gang members compiled by Onondaga County Sheriff's Department deputies for jailed inmates. It was unclear as to why the three had been in jail. The fourth victim was not on the list of gang members. Police arrested and charged an 18-year-old man with second-degree assault in connection with the fight.
Source: The Post-Standard Date: October 14, 2003
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