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Somerville monitors 'H-block' gang (Winter Hill, MA): Police in Somerville are trying to determine if recent graffiti in Winter Hill could be signs of a new gang making a name for itself. "They just popped up on the radar,'' an officer said. "The first thing we noticed was the graffiti tag 'H-Block.' It stood for Haitian youth claiming to be a gang.'' No crimes have been connected to H-Block as of yet, but police are monitoring their activity. In addition to the graffiti, investigators are also trying to determine if a 17-year-old, accused of murdering a 15-year-old boy after hitting him with a car, may be a founding member.
Source: Boston Herald Date: April 23, 2004
Gang members arrested (Brooklyn, NY): Suspected members of a Fort Greene drug gang were arrested by police and federal agents. The gang has controlled crack cocaine distribution around the Walt Whitman Houses and has been linked to 15 shootings and six homicides in turf battles since 1990, officials said. An investigation of the gang was prompted by a shooting a year ago in which police spotted the gang leader firing a gun into the air. After refusing to drop his weapon, the man was fatally shot by officers. If convicted, the members face severe sentences ranging from a mandatory minimum prison term of 10 years to a maximum of life.
Source: Newsday Date: April 23, 2004
Shelby police now tie some crimes to gangs (Shelby, NC): Police sent a 19-year-old man back to jail after revoking his bond for a curfew violation. The man, who has led the G Unit gang against its rival P Unit gang, faces a first-degree murder charge. According to police, the town of Shelby has seen an increase in gangs. Officials are now working in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's gang unit to learn how to fight the problem. In addition, they have met with officials from the Attorney General's Office to learn how some gang members could be charged with federal crimes that carry more strict sentences. In 2003, Shelby had five shootings, all fatal. So far this year, there have been five shootings, with three fatalities. It is unclear how many of those shootings are tied to the gangs because police are still trying to identify members. They estimate each gang has between 20 and 25 members, mostly teenagers, an officer said.
Source: The Charlotte Observer Date: April 23, 2004
Task force examines gangs' pull for Latinos (Multnomah County, OR): A recent study by the Latino Gang Violence Prevention Task Force shows that efforts of schools, social services, and police departments are doing little to slow the growth of Latino gangs in Multnomah County. According to the study, there are an estimated 1,000 gang members in Portland and Gresham, and the number is expected to continue growing. Contributing to the gang problem, the report says, are a lack of recreation, poverty, and drug treatment programs aimed specifically at Latinos. In addition, the study found that Latino students have higher than average discipline rates in area schools, and school officials are not communicating enough with Spanish-speaking parents about the issues. Authorities plan to use the study to develop and improve gang enforcement and prevention.
Source: The Oregonian Date: April 23, 2004
Gang killings rattle Montbello (Montbello, CO): Two unrelated gang shootings that left a 16-year-old boy and 27-year-old man dead are raising concerns over a possible escalation of tensions between rival gangs. Police have arrested a suspect for the shooting of the 16-year-old, but no other arrests have been made.
Source: The Denver Post Date: April 22, 2004
Five year drug sting yields 15 arrests (Evanston, IL): After a five year operation, police and federal agents arrested 15 members of a drug gang that operated on Evanston's west side. The operation was named "Top Drawer" because it targeted ranking members of the Gangster Disciples street gang. Two men, ages 24 and 25, have already been convicted in federal court and sentenced to 10 years in prison. "This investigation is a success, but it is not over," an official said. "This investigation is continuing, and we're trying to work our way up the ladder to identify the sources bringing the drugs into northern Illinois."
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: April 21, 2004
Albuquerque Police Department moves to beef up gang unit (Albuquerque, NM): After a series of gang-related shootings, police in Albuquerque are beefing up their gang unit. Two, possibly three, of the four incidents involved gang members, police said. A total of two people died and several others were left injured. There is no indication that any of the shootings were connected, and arrests have been made in all the cases except one, according to police.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: April 20, 2004
An hour makes a big difference in a graffiti bust (Tustin, CA): In Tustin, police arrested an 18-year-old on vandalism charges. The suspect, who turned 18 an hour before being arrested, faces three felony charges including vandalism, being a member of a criminal street gang, and violating probation from a juvenile court sentence over previous vandalism charges. Had he been caught before midnight, when he was still 17, it is possible police would have let him go under the supervision of his parents. Police believe he is responsible for graffiti in several locations.
Source: The Orange County Register Date: April 19, 2004
Manhunt ends after police arrest shooting suspect (Belle Glade, FL): A 22-year-old man was arrested for the gang-related shooting that left one man dead and another man wounded during a party on April 4. Police reported that more than 30 shots were fired between the Belle Glade-based gang Dogs Under Fire and rival Pahokee Boyz, also known as Dreads. The suspect is charged with second-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm.
Source: The Palm Beach Post Date: April 18, 2004
Four nabbed after drive-by shooting (Lakewood, WA): Four men, ages 18 and 19, suspected of participating in a gang-related drive-by shooting were arrested by Lakewood undercover officers. While working on another gang-related shooting, undercover investigators were watching a car when one of the people in it leaned out the window and fired a gun at Washington Park. The gunman fled but was caught a short time later. No one was wounded.
Source: The News Tribune Date: April 18, 2004
Judge puts restrictions on 86 Skyline gang members (San Diego, CA): A judge ordered numerous restrictions against 86 documented members of a Skyline street gang, barring them from hanging out together in public, wearing gang colors, and flashing gang hand signs in their neighborhood. Other restrictions include fighting, trespassing, littering, or acting as lookouts to warn of police in the area. Violations of the order can be prosecuted as misdemeanors and result in up to 180 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine, according to a deputy district attorney.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: April 17, 2004
Gang shootings (Topeka, KS): The Topeka Capital-Journal is running a special series in their "In-Depth" section called, "Gang shootings." Please visit the link below to access all of the articles.
Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal Date: April 17, 2004
Father, son charged in shooting (Albuquerque, NM): Police arrested a father and son, ages 39 and 17 respectively, in connection with a car chase that led to the fatal shooting of a man in his 20s. The two were charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit a first-degree felony, and shooting from a motor vehicle. A 19-year-old man, believed to be an acquaintance of the father and son, was also arrested on similar charges. According to a detective, the shooting appeared to have been sparked in part by some "mad-dogging" between the occupants of both vehicles. "We can also say that the individuals involved in this case are affiliated with street gangs," the detective added.
Source: The Albuquerque Tribune Date: April 17, 2004
Police watch for signs of new gang activity (Radford, VA): Police are increasing patrols near Radford University and are taking other measures to curb what they believe is gang activity. While no arrests on gang-related charges have been made, warning signs of activity, such as graffiti, are prompting concerns, an officer said. Gang members are driving in from Roanoke, Bedford County, and Lynchburg to see about new opportunities since a major drug bust in 2001 left a void, the officer added.
Source: Daily Press Date: April 17, 2004
Cops on high alert as gang feud heats up (Oakland and Berkeley, CA): Police in Oakland and Berkeley are concerned with the possible resurgence of a gang rivalry. It was only seven months ago when the feud between the two rivals from South Berkeley and North Oakland was quelled, but since it was never resolved, police feel the potential for violence is high. Recently, a key member of the Berkeley crew scuffled with members of the Oakland gang. In retaliation, members of the Oakland gang beat a Berkeley man at a location known to police as a heavy drug-dealing spot.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle Date: April 16, 2004
Shot ten times, man dies (Chicago, IL): A 29-year-old Chicago man was killed during a confrontation with another man who pulled a gun and shot him 10 times, police said. The victim's friend, a 26-year-old man, was shot twice and was in stable condition. Police believe the shooting was gang-related and were looking for a suspect identified by several witnesses.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: April 16, 2004
Police arrest suspect in southeast shooting (Albuquerque, NM): Police arrested a 30-year-old man in a suspected gang-related shooting that left bullet casings across several blocks in the southeast area. The man has been charged with attempted murder, assault with intent to commit a violent felony, conspiracy to commit attempted murder, and shooting from a motor vehicle, according to a criminal complaint filed in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court. A witness reported that a man got out of the rear driver's side of a car with a rifle and started shooting toward some other people. It appeared that there were two groups shooting at each other, and the individuals inside the car were shooting out the vehicle's windows. The man and his accomplices are members of the East Side San Jose gang.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: April 16, 2004
Two arrested, one sought in Fairfax slaying (Fairfax, VA): Two men have been arrested and a third man is being sought in the gang-related slaying of a 19-year-old man in a Huntington area motel parking lot, police said. The two 19-year-olds in custody are being charged with willfully participating in a homicide while participating in a street gang. The third man, age 22, faces a gang-related homicide charge. The victim had been attending a party in a motel room, while another group of young men were holding a separate party in another room. The members of the two groups apparently began arguing, and one of the men opened fire, killing the 19-year-old. Police believe that the participants were members of two gangs.
Source: The Washington Post Date: April 16, 2004
Two Oxnard men shot in alleged gang retaliation (Oxnard, CA): Two 23-year-old men were shot outside a Port Hueneme condo, allegedly in retaliation for a gang-related double homicide, police said. The two, who are believed to be gang members, were visiting a woman at the condo when three unidentified men walked up, and one fired several rounds at them. They were in serious but stable condition. Police said the victims may have been involved in a double killing on April 7, in which two rival gang members, a 19- and 21-year-old man, were fatally shot. No arrests have been made.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: April 14, 2004
Fitchburg man charged with shooting into home (Lowell, MA): An 18-year-old man has been charged with two counts of armed assault with intent to murder after being picked up for allegedly shooting a gun into a Lowell home. Police believe the shooting is in retaliation for a gang-related fight at a local cinema that involved the suspect and someone who lived at the house he opened fire on. No one was injured during the shooting.
Source: Telegram and Gazette Date: April 14, 2004
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