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Juvenile killed (Boyle Heights, CA): A 16-year-old boy was fatally shot while walking with friends in Boyle Heights. Two cars pulled up, several suspects got out, and one of the drivers fired several shots at the boy, police said. The shooting was believed to be gang related, but no weapons were recovered and no suspects are in custody.
Source: City News Service Date: August 14, 2003
Four teens charged in fight among hundreds of youths (Rockford, IL): At the Getaway in Blackhawk Park in Rockford, three 15-year-old boys and one 14-year-old boy were charged with reckless conduct stemming from a melee involving hundreds of teens. More than 40 officers from different agencies were needed to quell the disturbance. According to police reports, members of the crowd shouted street gang affiliations and swore at police officers as they arrived.
Source: Rockford Register Star Date: August 13, 2003
Man sitting on porch is killed in drive-by attack (St. Louis, MO): Police are searching for suspects in the fatal drive-by shooting of a 20-year-old man. The man was sitting on the porch with a friend in the Greater Ville neighborhood when a car stopped in front of his house. A man got out of the passenger side and fired several shots at the victim. The friend was not wounded. Homicide detectives said they had no motive and no strong leads in the killing.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Date: August 13, 2003
Shooting suspects sought (Terra Bella, CA): Deputies are looking for two men who wounded a 21-year-old man in a drive-by shooting in Terra Bella. The pedestrian was confronted by two men and two women in a car. A male passenger asked the man whether he belonged to a gang before firing a shotgun, striking him several times. The man was in stable condition. No arrests have been made.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: August 13, 2003
Girl shot in drive-by shooting (Fort Pierce, FL): A 15-year-old Fort Pierce girl was shot during a drive-by shooting, police said. Police believe the girl may have accidentally got in the way of a drive-by shooting in the area. Her wound was not considered life-threatening.
Source: The Palm Beach Post Date: August 13, 2003
Man found dead after apparent drive-by shooting (Seattle, WA): Two people were killed and three others wounded in three separate shootings in Seattle. In the first incident, a man in his late 20s was found dead in his car in the Lake City neighborhood. Police do not believe it was a random shooting, citing "a number of leads to go on," though no arrests have been made. The second fatal shooting occurred just north of the Green Lake neighborhood. According to police, two brothers, ages 23 and 26, were standing on a street corner as a car with two men inside pulled alongside. The two men in the car accused the two brothers of stealing a car stereo the night before. The driver then stepped out of the vehicle, retrieved a gun from the trunk, and fatally shot the 26-year-old brother. The other brother was not injured. The driver was arrested on suspicion of homicide, while the passenger was booked on a warrant on unrelated charges. The third incident, a drive-by shooting in South Seattle, injured three people. A 19-year-old woman and her two passengers were traveling when the driver thought she recognized the vehicle behind her, police said. As the woman's car slowed down, two to three people in the car behind her opened fire, wounding the driver and her passengers. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening. Police say they have few leads in the incident.
Source: The Seattle Times Date: August 13, 2003
Bratton wages war on gangs (Los Angeles, CA): The Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) recently declared war on street gangs in South Los Angeles. A task force of local and federal law enforcement officers were specifically assigned to South Los Angeles. The Chief said the South Bureau is receiving the bulk of the anti-gang focus because that is where much of the gang activity has been going on recently. However, there are other LAPD anti-gang efforts working on "whittling" down gang activity in other parts of the city, he said.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: August 12, 2003
Increased deaths put 'miracle' on thin ice (Boston, MA): With five teen deaths already this year in Boston, youth workers, academics, and law enforcement officials are offering up their perspectives on why there seems to be a lack of efficiency with anti-violence measures and an increase in youth violence. The associate dean of the Harvard School of Public Health feels that complacency over time has led to the decrease in violence prevention activity, summer jobs, and programs that would benefit youths. The director of the Ella J. Baker House in Dorchester says that an increase of teenagers has had a correlative effect on the increasing number of kids getting into trouble or being victimized. One city law enforcement official said that sometimes situations (i.e., shooting of teens) have to be accepted and that certain people cannot be helped due to their unfortunate upbringing. Lastly, a criminal justice specialist at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard argues that Boston abandoned a pivotal anti-gang program called "Operation Ceasefire." Under that program, gang members were identified by police officers, street workers, urban ministers, and others and repeatedly ordered to meet face to face with a "youth violence strike force."
Source: Boston Herald Date: August 12, 2003
Two Burbank teenagers charged in drive-by slaying of 18-year-old (Stickney Township, IL): Two teenagers, ages 16 and 17, were arrested and charged with the murder of an 18-year-old during an alleged gang-related drive-by shooting on August 4. Police believe that the 17-year-old fired the shots as the 16-year-old drove past the victim's house.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: August 12, 2003
Shooting may be gang-related (Palmetto, FL): Deputies are investigating a weekend drive-by shooting they say may be connected to gang activity. Three men drove up in a car and shot at least six rounds at a man as he sat in his SUV. The man was not injured and police have no suspects.
Source: The Herald-Tribune Date: August 12, 2003
Budget cuts threaten gang injunctions (Los Angeles, CA): Budget cuts in Southern California have caused the District Attorney's (D.A.) Office to evaluate its position on assembling gang injunctions. The head deputy of the D.A.'s office feels that a gang injunction is only one way to tackle gangs. The Los Angeles County Sheriff feels differently about the effectiveness of injunctions, saying that in Norwalk and Lennox, gang injunctions have been very useful in setting the tone in each neighborhood. The head deputy at the D.A.'s office said, "I want to just see what the cost analysis of it is. If it's worth it, as far as I'm concerned, I would go into my discretionary money if I thought it would make a difference."
Source: Copley News Service Date: August 12, 2003
Another stray gunshot - another young victim (Baltimore, MD): An 11-year-old boy was wounded in a drive-by shooting in Northeast Baltimore, police said. The boy was playing football with his brother and friends in front of an apartment complex when a car drove up slowly and bullets flew out of the passenger window. Police said the boys did not appear to be the intended targets of the shooting. Police have no suspect in custody.
Source: The Baltimore Sun Date: August 12, 2003
Drive-by shooting (Vancouver, WA): In downtown Vancouver, police are seeking a gunman who opened fire at people during a random shooting. A witness heard men yelling at other men when several shots rang out. No one was wounded.
Source: The Columbian Date: August 12, 2003
Woman wounded in leg (Buffalo, NY): A 20-year-old woman was wounded during a drive-by shooting at her home, police said. Officers say that the victim was outside her home when an unknown person drove by in a car and fired one round at her. No arrests have been made.
Source: The Buffalo News Date: August 12, 2003
Police arrest three men in drive-by shooting (Sumter, GA): Authorities arrested three men in connection with a drive-by shooting in which a 19-year-old man was killed, police said. The victim was shot at least four times as bullets went through his mobile home. A 24-year-old was charged with murder and the other two, ages 23 and 21, were charged with accessory to murder.
Source: The Augusta Chronicle Date: August 12, 2003
Suspect in gang dust-up turns self in (Great Falls, MT): A 19-year-old man who pointed a gun at a rival gang member in the Holiday Village mall parking lot turned himself in to police. The man jumped out of the passenger seat of car and held a gun to the head of the driver in another vehicle. The incident is believed to be the result of two teenage groups having a long-standing feud. Police say the man was charged with assault with a weapon and not attempted, deliberate homicide, because he was using a BB or pellet gun that looked like a semiautomatic handgun.
Source: Great Falls Tribune Date: August 12, 2003
Gang-related shootings (Fairfield, CA): Authorities are investigating a series of shootings that have swept through the residential neighborhoods of Fairfield during recent weeks. Most recently, a family's car was sprayed with bullets during an early morning shooting. No one was injured and no arrests were made. In other separate shootings, two male pedestrians were shot and a house was shot at six times. Police say at least two of the recent shootings were gang-related.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: August 11, 2003
Lindsay man arrested in stabbing (Lindsay, CA): Tulare County sheriff's deputies arrested a Lindsay man on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed a man at a Lindsay bar. The suspect, along with three or four other men, attacked the victim outside the bar in what deputies say was a gang-related fight. According to the victim, the suspects chased him down and then beat and stabbed him. The victim was in stable condition.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: August 11, 2003
New breed of DC gang emerges (Washington, DC): A new kind of street gang in Columbia Heights and the midsection of Washington has caught the attention of the city this summer with a series of shootings. They have been compared to the likes of some Los Angeles-style gangs as opposed to the loosely formed gangs in the District, police say. They typically do not have a particular turf where they stay or claim, nor do they involve themselves with the drug trade regularly. Four people have been killed and two others injured in the past two months in shootings that police have blamed on rivalries between Latino gangs. Gang member numbers for this new group are much lower compared to the four principal Latino gangs in the city. Authorities estimate about 240 gang-like groups along with 400 Latino gang members in the city. For reference, there are 3,000 members in the Mara Salvatrucha-13 gang in Northern Virginia.
Source: The Washington Post Date: August 11, 2003
Teenager killed in drive-by shooting (Sumter, SC): A 19-year-old man died from four gunshot wounds he received during a drive-by shooting in his mobile home, police said. Three men, ages 24, 23, and 21, were arrested. The 24-year-old was charged with murder while the other two were charged with accessory to murder. Authorities believe an altercation at a local nightclub may have led to the shooting, but the investigation is ongoing. Investigators are still interviewing possible witnesses and more arrests may come.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: August 11, 2003
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