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Teenager dies after being shot in chest (Lawrence, MA) : A 19-year-old male was killed in what police are treating as a gang-related shooting. The victim was hanging out with friends and was shot after approaching a car he recognized. Police have no suspects.
Source: The Boston Globe Date: August 18, 2003
Maryville runaway shot (Maryville, IL): Police are investigating the death of a 12-year-old girl who fled from an emergency youth shelter run by Maryville Academy in July. Police said the girl was standing with friends when someone opened fire from a passing car. The gunfire was intended for someone else but hit the girl. The shooting was most likely gang-related. No arrests have been made.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: August 18, 2003
13-year-old girl killed in shooting (New Orleans, LA): A 13-year-old girl was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting, police said. The girl was sitting on the front porch of a house with a 14-year-old girl and a 19-year old man, when a car drove by and a passenger opened fire, police said. Police are trying to determine suspects and a motive.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: August 18, 2003
Woman killed (Pittsburgh, PA): A 21-year-old Hill District woman was killed in front of her apartment building in what police said may have been a drive-by shooting. City housing authority police, who were investigating another shooting nearby, heard the shots and found the victim. According to witnesses, shots may have come from two cars. The victim was apparently running when she was shot outside the building.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Date: August 18, 2003
Drive-by shooter nicks teenager (Des Moines, IA): A bullet grazed an 18-year-old's head during a drive-by shooting. "I was riding on the passenger side of a car, and this guy in another car pulled out a gun. I went for cover, and the guy shot three times," the boy said. A bullet parted his hair and left some skin missing on top of his head. The bullets also missed the driver of the car. The shooting followed an assault at Silver Cinemas 10 in which the victim's friend was assaulted in the theater parking lot. The 18-year-old said the people who assaulted his friend were the same individuals who shot at him. Other recent shootings in Des Moines include two separate incidents in which a 19-year-old male and a 30-year-old woman were both shot while walking. Both were treated and released.
Source: The Des Moines Register Date: August 18, 2003
Salinas shootings leave one dead, three injured (Salinas, CA): Four Salinas-area shootings left one man dead and three others injured. Authorities did not know whether the incidents were linked, although it is reported that at least one incident appeared to be gang-related. In the first shooting, a man in his mid-20s was shot and killed as he stood in a parking lot. Another man ran up to him and shot him several times. About an hour later, a man was standing with four other people when a passenger from a passing car fired eight shots. One bullet hit the man. Shortly after, a 20-year-old man was with a friend when a van approached and its occupants shouted gang slogans and opened fire. The man's wound was not life-threatening. The last shooting left a 16-year-old boy with serious injuries. The boy was shot while standing in front of a car with his girlfriend. The shooter was across the street at a church parking lot.
Source: Monterey County Herald Date: August 17, 2003
Man killed in shootout between rival gangs (Houston, TX): A 22-year-old man was killed when feuding street gangs got into a shootout and car chase in southwest Houston, police said. The victim and three fellow gang members, who were riding in a van, were involved in a drive-by shooting which targeted rival gang members. After firing the shots, the four sped away, but rival gang members chased them, police said. The groups traded shots with each other during the pursuit, and the victim was hit. Survivors in the van were questioned and placed in the city jail for further investigation.
Source: The Houston Chronicle Date: August 17, 2003
Store drive-by wounds man and boy (Charlotte, NC): A 10-year-old boy and a 24-year-old man were wounded in a drive-by shooting in the parking lot of a supermarket, police said. The victims' injuries were not life-threatening, and police say they were not believed to be the intended victims. Police have details on the car used in the shooting.
Source: The Myrtle Beach Sun-News Date: August 17, 2003
Drive-by shooting wounds two in car (Sylmar, CA): Two people were injured during a car-to-car shooting in Sylmar, police said. "Two people were in each vehicle, and for unknown reasons an occupant of one vehicle decided to start firing at the occupants of the other," an officer said. The victims' injuries were not life-threatening. No arrests have been made.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: August 17, 2003
Shooting leaves two wounded (Lake View Terrace, CA): A shooting in Lake View Terrace left two men wounded, police said. The victims were in a vehicle and "exchanged words" with two men in a pickup truck. One of the men in the truck fired one shot, hitting both victims. Both the suspects and the victims appeared to be in their 20s. The victims were in stable condition, and police were still searching for the suspects.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: August 17, 2003
Officers target South Valley gangs (South Valley, NM): About 30 law enforcement officers patrolled the South Valley area to crack down on gang activity in what is being called "Operation Street Sweep." This response is partly due to two gang-related homicides that occurred recently. Authorities made a total of 36 arrests. The Bernalillo and Valencia County sheriffs' offices, the FBI, the New Mexico Department of Corrections, and the Rio Rancho and Belen police departments participated in the operation. "These operations are very instrumental in collecting gang intelligence," Bernalillo County Sheriff said.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: August 17, 2003
LAPD detectives investigate string of valley slayings (North Hollywood, CA): The Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Division has seen an abnormal amount of violent deaths recently. Since August 7, six people have been killed. A North Hollywood sergeant said it has been the bloodiest period at the division since her transfer four years ago. The incidents include a man and woman, ages 38 and 18 respectively, who were shot and killed; a 32-year-old woman who was beaten to death by two other women; and three men, ages 24, 18, and 30, who were all fatally shot in separate incidents. Police believe that at least one of the incidents was gang-related.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: August 16, 2003
Boy sought in shooting (Newhall, CA): Police are investigating a possible gang-related shooting that left a man wounded in Newhall Park. Police detained one person, but a 14-year-old, who police believe to be the triggerman, remained at large.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: August 16, 2003
Teenager dies from injuries in drive-by shooting (Greenville, NC): A 16-year-old girl died from wounds suffered during a drive-by shooting in front of a house in Greenville. A 20-year-old man was also shot, but only suffered minor wounds. Police arrested and charged a 19-year-old man with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. According to officials, a murder charge will be added.
Source: Winston-Salem Journal Date: August 16, 2003
Long indictment targets members of street gang (Las Vegas, NV): A street gang that has long terrorized a local neighborhood was dealt a major blow with the unsealing of a racketeering indictment charging its members with five murders and numerous other crimes. The federal indictment charges 21 men with belonging to the Rolling 60s Crips, a gang that used violence and extortion to eliminate turf rivals and create fear among citizens to achieve its chief aim, trafficking crack cocaine in Las Vegas and North Las Vegas. Authorities said the indictment was a culmination of an ongoing two-year probe. When a federal grand jury returned the lengthy indictment, nine of the defendants were already jailed on unrelated state or federal charges. Seven of the men charged are identified in the indictment as the Rolling 60s' "O.G.s" or "Original Gangstas," the leaders of the gang, with the rest identified as "Y.G.s" or "Young Gangstas." Five more were arrested and authorities are still trying to locate and take the other seven into custody. Although the indictment accuses the men primarily of trafficking in crack cocaine, it alleges the Rolling 60s also sold PCP, marijuana, and guns. The indictment also charges some members with armed robberies, attempted murders, arson, and the transportation of a Las Vegas girl to Salt Lake City for prostitution.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: August 15, 2003
Two Palatine residents charged after shooting near apartments (Palatine, IL): Two men, ages 17 and 20, were arrested and charged with aggravated assault in connection with a shooting outside an apartment building. One of the two suspects allegedly opened fire at a passing car in which police believe rival gang members were riding. Although the other suspect did not fire any shots, he is being charged for his participation in the crime. The two fled to their apartment shortly after the shooting, but police were able to locate them. After refusing to leave their apartment, police broke in and found the two men along with a small-caliber semi-automatic handgun which is believed to have been used in the shooting. No one was injured during the shooting, nor was any property damaged, police said.
Source: Daily Herald Date: August 15, 2003
Drive-by shooting kills one (Maywood, IL): A 38-year-old man was fatally shot and a teenager was wounded in a drive-by shooting in Maywood, police said. Witnesses told police that the man and others had parked a car and were beginning to get out of the vehicle when a car occupied by several men pulled up and fired gunshots. No arrests have been made.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: August 15, 2003
Authorities seek two men in shooting (Goshen, CA): Investigators are looking for two men in connection with a drive-by shooting of a 20-year-old Goshen man. The victim was outside his residence when two males drove up and shot him multiple times. He was listed in good condition.
Source: Visalia Times-Delta Date: August 15, 2003
Three teens held in street slaying (Westminster, CA): Three teenagers have been arrested in the death of a 13-year-old Westminster boy during a car-to-car shooting that also wounded his brother and another relative. The victim and his family were in a car when people in two other cars fired shots at them. Police stopped one of the cars and arrested three suspects on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. Police report there are more suspects and that the investigation is ongoing. There is a possibility that the crime is gang-related.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: August 14, 2003
Inmates receive minor injuries during fight at Harris County Jail (Harris County, TX): Eleven inmates received minor injuries after a fight broke out among them in a cell block at the Harris County Jail. Eight of the inmates were treated at a jail clinic while three others were taken to a local hospital. No deputies were injured and no weapons were used by the inmates. Authorities are still investigating what caused the fight, but say it could be gang-related. Investigation of the incident is ongoing.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: August 14, 2003
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