Gang-Related News Articles
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Kids Have Grown 'Used To' Violence, Neighbor Says After 3-Year-Old Shot (Chicago, IL): Just 24 hours after a 3-year-old boy was shot and hurt while playing outside on a West Englewood block, neighborhood kids did not seem deterred from enjoying the outdoors, as one neighbor said children have grown "hard" due to frequent shootings.
Source: DNAinfo Date: February 21, 2016
Crime rose in every Denver neighborhood last year (Denver, CO): Almost two months into 2016, Denver Police are scrambling to make the city safer than last year. In 2015, crime rose in every neighborhood. Homicides hit a 10-year high. In the home her family bought in 1960, Misheika Gaddis hopes to raise her two-year-old son in a safer city than the one she saw in last year.
Source: 9NEWS Date: February 21, 2016
Investigation reveals big holes, little jail time in city's gang violence initiative (Chattanooga, TN): Despite a two-year effort by Chattanooga leaders to curb gang-related shootings through the Violence Reduction Initiative, the vast majority of targeted offenders have avoided long sentences and significant jail time.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press Date: February 21, 2016
50 days, 55 shootings: Gangs blamed for Santa Ana's most violent week (Santa Ana, CA): Three people died and two others, including a police officer, were wounded in a rash of shootings across the city this week, underscoring what the police chief on Friday called a surge in brazen gang-related crimes.
Source: The Orange County Register Date: February 20, 2016
Spike of suspected gang activity in Aberdeen; Hoquiam also aware of the problem (Aberdeen, WA): There’s been an increase in suspected gang violence within the last few years, according to police, but the real question for Harbor law enforcement is: Will the activity sustain itself or die down as it has in the past? Since January, there have been three shootings in Aberdeen, two of which police believe were gang related.
Source: The Daily World Date: February 20, 2016
Fourth suspect arrested in Greensboro, charged in gang-related shooting that killed student (Greensboro, NC): A fourth suspect has been charged with murder in connection with a morning gang-related shooting that killed a 16-year-old boy and injured several others in December 2015.
Source: Port City Daily Date: February 20, 2016
As gangs evolve, law enforcement shifts gears (Yakima, WA): From where Troy Clements sits, traditional gang crime in Yakima appears to be down, but it doesn’t mean it’s no longer a problem. “(Gangs) are evolving into more organized crime,” said Clements, the deputy Yakima County prosecuting attorney who organized the office’s gang unit. “They’re realizing that gratuitous violence is not good for producing value.”
Source: Yakima Herald-Republic Date: February 20, 2016
Gang-related shooting outside Montavilla bar sends bullet through window, police say (Portland, OR) : Portland police officers who responded to reports of gunfire outside Utopia Restaurant & Lounge on Northeast 82nd Avenue in the northern stretch of Montavilla early Saturday found evidence of gunfire, including a bullet hole in one of the bar's window. But they say no one was injured in a fight and subsequent shooting that they said was gang-related.
Source: The Oregonian Date: February 20, 2016
Notorious prison gang targets New Mexico corrections officials (Albuquerque, NM): The reigning leader of the prison gang Syndicato de Nuevo Mexico is serving a life sentence for killing another inmate in a dispute over a bottle of vitamins. Court records show “hits” on fellow inmates are nothing new for the home-grown SNM, but Anthony “Pup” Ray Baca and two other convicted murderers in the gang hierarchy decided to up the ante beginning in 2013, a federal indictment alleges.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: February 20, 2016
Police chief focuses on gang violence, community involvement during town hall forum (Lompoc, CA): Gang violence, community interaction and homelessness were among the topics of discussion during a town hall meeting Thursday night that was organized by the Lompoc Police Department.
Source: Lompoc Record Date: February 19, 2016
Knoxville mentors learn to recognize gang behaviors (Knoxville, TN): Thursday Amachi Knoxville hosted a mentor training on gang behavior, where mentors learned the signs to look out for and just how active gangs still are in Knoxville.
Source: WVLT 8 News Date: February 19, 2016
Gang shootings up in recent months, BPD combats violence with gun seizures and searches (Bakersfield, CA): Gang shootings went up in Bakersfield in recent months, and police and local groups are working to combat the violence with enforcement and outreach. Bakersfield Police have a special unit that focuses on gang crime, and organizations like Stay Focused hope to steer people out of gangs. But, the end of 2015 saw a rash of shootings linked to gang members and gang activity.
Source: KBAK Eyewitness News Date: February 19, 2016
Santa Ana Police probe shooting that left 2 suspects dead, 2 arrested (Santa Ana, CA): An investigation was underway Friday into an officer- involved-shooting in Santa Ana, where two suspects were killed and two others arrested, authorities said. “We’re seeing a lot of gang activity, a lot of shootings,” Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas told reporters Thursday night. “There have been 50 shootings in Santa Ana so far this year.”
Source: MyNewsLa.com Date: February 19, 2016
Parents Question School after Anti-Gang Assembly for African American Students (Maumelle, AR): Parents are questioning one school's logic after it held an anti-gang assembly exclusively for black students. The assembly on Wednesday was given by a local pastor. School officials say they presented the assembly as part of their desegregation court-order, which enforces programs for black students.
Source: KNWA News Date: February 19, 2016
Police Arrest 13, Seize Assault Weapons In Long Island Gang Bust (Amityville, NY): Guns, drugs, and cash were seized during search warrants on Long Island Friday. The crackdown on illegal guns and gang activity in Suffolk County continues as the police department made 13 arrests during the latest search warrants. Officials said weapons, drugs, and cash were seized inside homes in North Amityville.
Source: CBS New York Date: February 19, 2016
12-year-old shot because he didn't flash gang sign (Chicago, IL): A 12-year-old boy was shot in the chest in Chicago's Gage Park neighborhood. A neighbor who did not want to be identified says the boy was shot because he didn't throw up a gang sign. Four boys were playing tag when a red SUV pulled up, the neighbor said. The men in the car threw up gang signs but the boys didn't respond, so the driver opened fire, the neighbor said.
Source: WLS 7 News Date: February 19, 2016
Stats: Gang violence exceeds last year's level (Portland, OR): Gang-related violence is Portland is already running ahead of last year’s record-breaking level. There were 14 incidents of gang-related violence in Portland in January and five more through Feb. 8, according to data presented at last Friday’s meeting of the Community Peace Collaborative. That’s more than the 10 last January and on track to exceed the 14 last February. The 193 incidents in 2015 easily broke the official record of 118 in 2012.
Source: The Portland Tribune Date: February 18, 2016
4th man charged in gang attacks in DeKalb (Sycamore, IL): Another suspect has been charged after a DeKalb Police investigation into a series of gang-related robberies on the city's northeast side earlier this month.
Source: Daily Chronicle Date: February 18, 2016
North County cities get grant to fight youth gang violence (Boston, MA): Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett have announced the release of $6.7 million in competitive grant funds to communities and local partners to bolster their efforts to combat gang violence.
Source: Leominster Champion Date: February 18, 2016
Vice Lords gang member convicted of attempted murder (Knoxville, TN): A member of the Vice Lords street gang has been convicted of three counts of attempted second-degree murder following a home invasion last December. Ronald James Turner, 19, of Knoxville was found guilty of firing a gun at his 3-year-old son, the boy's mother and another woman.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel Date: February 18, 2016
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