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Shooting called gang-related (Tulsa, OK): A man was shot during a gang-related attack at a Tulsa apartment complex, police said. The incident began when a woman was moving personal property out of another apartment in the complex. Police have no information on the shooter, who fled along with a group of other people after the gunfire.
Source: Tulsa World Date: February 13, 2004
ATF probe of gangs results in 18 arrests (Washington, DC): Authorities have arrested 18 suspected gang members and associates in the Washington area on gun and drug charges as part of a crackdown on a persistent problem plaguing some Latino neighborhoods, law enforcement officials said. The investigation, which involved ATF and DC police, began in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Northwest Washington and eventually expanded into Virginia and Maryland. Twelve people were arrested in the District and six in Virginia and Maryland. Authorities said investigators targeted the gangs MS-13, Mara R, Vatos Locos, 1-5 Amigos, and the STC (Street Thug Criminals). Residents and police in the region have become increasingly concerned with gangs. Last summer, four people were killed and two were injured in gang-related rivalries in a two-month period in Northwest Washington.
Source: The Washington Post Date: February 13, 2004
Suspect arrested in gang shootings (Spokane, WA): Spokane police detectives arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with a series of gang-related shootings in the West Central neighborhood in recent weeks. The suspect, who is believed to be involved in a gang-related shooting on January 30, was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms. Police are still searching for another 18-year-old suspect who they believe has gang connections.
Source: The Spokesman-Review Date: February 13, 2004
San Diego gang shooting (San Diego, CA): Two men were wounded in a drive-by shooting in Logan Heights, police said. The men were standing on a street when two men in a vehicle shouted gang slogans. At least one of the men in the car fired several rounds at the victims before the driver sped away. Both men were taken to a hospital for treatment and are expected to survive. The victims were unable to give police a description of the vehicle or the men inside. Investigation is ongoing.
Source: City News Service Date: February 13, 2004
Eleven youths arrested in school-related shootings (Wichita, KS): Wichita police arrested 11 people in two separate school-related shootings in which no one was injured. In the first incident, a 17-year-old boy, in a group of juveniles, fired several shots at three youths. The confrontation, which police believe was gang-related, stemmed from a fight earlier in the day at West High School, an officer said. Eight juveniles, six boys and two girls, ages 14 to 17, have been booked into a juvenile detention facility on suspicion of aggravated assault and unlawful assembly. In a separate shooting near Alcott Academy Middle School, police arrested two juveniles and an 18-year-old. According to police, someone in a vehicle fired one shot toward a student leaving the school. The three have been booked into a juvenile detention facility or jail on aggravated assault charges.
Source: The Wichita Eagle Date: February 12, 2004
Street gang bill moves to Senate floor (Columbia, SC): A bill that defines a criminal street gang as a group of three or more people who go by a common name or use common identifying signs, symbols, or colors and engage in violent and nonviolent crimes is heading to the Senate for approval. The bill originally called for additional prison sentences and property forfeiture for people convicted of gang-related crimes. It also would have allowed for prosecution of people not involved in a crime if they were part of a criminal gang. Both additions were scrapped as black legislators threatened to block the bill during arguments about how a gang law may affect blacks more than whites.
Source: The Myrtle Beach Sun-News Date: February 11, 2004
Two charged, one sought in deadly drive-by shooting (Palmdale, CA): Two men, ages 18 and 20, have been charged in a gang-related drive-by shooting that killed an 18-year-old man and wounded three others outside a west Palmdale home. The location of the shooting was known as a hangout for members of a street gang. The two men are not members of a gang, but each have been charged with murder, attempted murder, and street terrorism. Police are still searching for a third suspect, who they believe is a gang member.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: February 11, 2004
Teen accused in shooting (Portland, OR): A 16-year-old boy accused of firing the bullet that hit a 14-year-old girl outside a Northeast Portland party will be charged as an adult for Measure 11 crimes, prosecutors said. Police said that the boy allegedly fired the gun while standing in a crowd of teenagers and that the girl was the unintended victim. However, there is conflicting information of the incident being a drive-by shooting. A probable-cause affadavit contains statements from several teenagers at the scene saying that the boy was seen standing with a large revolver just before a car approached. Police have not said why they thought the shooting was gang-related, but one teenager said someone yelled "young thugs" as the car passed. "Young Thugs" is the name of an emerging gang in North and Northeast Portland.
Source: The Oregonian Date: February 10, 2004
Youth gets prison for murder at 15 (Utah): A 16-year-old boy was sentenced to five years to life for murder and one to 15 years for aggravated assault in a shooting that left a 21-year-old man dead and his brother injured. In August, the boy and his friends had a minor confrontation with the victim and three family members at an auto parts store. The boy left but then returned with the gun hidden under a jacket. He started shooting when the man approached. The boy is a member of the King Mafia Disciples gang. Prosecutors say the victims have no gang affiliation.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: February 10, 2004
Lakewood shootings (Lakewood, CA): One man was fatally shot and another wounded in Lakewood, authorities said. The victims were stopped in traffic, seated in their vehicle, when they were approached by a suspect who asked the victims their gang affiliations. The victims said they were not in a gang. The suspect then took out a handgun and shot into the vehicle, striking both victims numerous times. The passenger died at an area hospital, and the driver was in stable condition. No arrests have been made.
Source: City News Service Date: February 10, 2004
Man shot to death in Coney Island housing project (Coney Island, NY): One man was killed, and two others were critically wounded in what witnesses say was rival gang gunfire in a Coney Island housing project. One resident said it was common knowledge in the public housing buildings that gangs were battling over control of the drug trade. Police have no suspects in the shooting.
Source: The New York Times Date: February 9, 2004
Walk-up shooting (Los Angeles, CA): A man was shot after being asked to reveal his gang affiliation, police said. The man was walking home from a friend's house when two men approached him and asked about his gang affiliation. The man denied having any affiliation, ran away, and was shot by one of the men, police said. The victim did not suffer any life-threatening wounds.
Source: City News Service Date: February 9, 2004
Suspect charged as adult in San Jose gang slaying (San Jose, CA): A 16-year-old boy was charged with one count of murder, with gun and gang enhancements, for the gang-related shooting death of a 22-year-old man. Prosecutors allege that the victim was a member of the Sureno street gang and that the shooter is a member of the Norteno gang Varrio Horseshoe. This is the second time in a little over a month that prosecutors have used their authority under the state's Proposition 21 to bypass a hearing before a juvenile judge to determine whether a minor suspect should be charged as an adult. If convicted of all the charges, the boy faces up to 25 years to life in prison.
Source: San Jose Mercury News Date: February 9, 2004
Man suffers injuries in gang-related fight (Fremont, CA): A man was stabbed during a gang-related brawl in Fremont, police said. The victim was transported to a local hospital. His injuries were not life-threatening, police said. The incident will be investigated by the Fremont Police Department's Gang Task Force.
Source: The Argus Date: February 9, 2004
Five arrested in Club Diamond brawl (Fort Pierce, FL): Five people were arrested after a possible gang-related brawl in a parking lot outside a club. According to police, approximately 200 people gathered outside of Club Diamond as the fights escalated. Police estimated between 40 and 60 people were involved in fights in different parts of the parking lot. The five people arrested face charges that include disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and fighting. One alleged participant reportedly told police that the incident stemmed from a dispute between members of the 29th Street and 13th Street gangs.
Source: Fort Pierce Tribune Date: February 8, 2004
Woman injured in drive-by at restaurant (Columbia, SC): A woman standing in line at a restaurant was injured during a drive-by shooting. Two men were walking outside the restaurant when someone fired shots from a passing vehicle. A restaurant window was shattered, and two cars were struck by gunfire during the shooting. The injured woman was struck by an unknown object. The two intended targets fled after the shooting. No arrests have been made.
Source: The State Date: February 7, 2004
Suspect sentenced in Weathersby shooting (Pasadena, CA): A reputed gang member was sentenced to multiple terms of life in prison for the drive-by shooting that wounded a Cincinnati Bengals cornerback. Officials said the man was sentenced to two life terms plus one term of 25 years to life. He was found guilty of attempting to murder two men on April 20, 2003. The two men were allegedly shot at because they were mistaken for rival gang members. He was also convicted of two counts of shooting from a motor vehicle and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: February 6, 2004
Anti-gang force taking criminals to task (Northern Virginia): An anti-gang task force in Northern Virginia has made more than 200 arrests since it formed in July. Police have made 65 felony and 137 misdemeanor arrests and seized 46 weapons, 208 grams of cocaine, 31 grams of heroine, and 20 grams of marijuana. Virginia's attorney general formed the statewide task force in July, which is comprised of police officers and officials from Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties, as well as Herndon, Leesburg, Manassas, and Manassas Park. Fairfax county police estimate that there are 4,300 gang members in Northern Virginia. In addition to the task force, county officials have also scheduled community forums to talk about gang problems. Police believe that increased gang activity is the result of immigrants coming from El Salvador.
Source: The Washington Times Date: February 6, 2004
Three arrested following fight (Anchorage, AK): Police arrested and charged an 18-year-old man with assault and weapons misconduct in connection with a shooting in east Anchorage. Officials believe the incident was between two rival youth gangs. The fight began between two individuals but escalated into a melee involving at least eight people. Two 16-year-old boys were also charged with disorderly conduct. No injuries were reported in the shooting.
Source: Anchorage Daily News Date: February 5, 2004
Three people injured in gang attack (Worcester, MA): Two teenagers, ages 16 and 17, and a 38-year-old man were attacked by a group of men with swords, pool cues, and a metal stick during a gang-related altercation in the Gates Street neighborhood, police said. According to witnesses, the suspects were in their cars, and the two teens were sitting on a street. The suspects pulled up in their vehicles and attacked the 16-year-old and 17-year-old, according to a police report. The 38-year-old witnessed the attack and was attacked while trying to help. The three victims were taken to a local hospital and their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. Police said the suspects are believed to be in an Asian gang known as the Blackbirds. No arrests have been made.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette Date: February 5, 2004
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