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East End is seeing signs of gang activity (Suffolk County, NY): Law enforcement authorities in Suffolk County are beginning to see gangs from western towns of Long Island spreading to its East End. Officials in Southold Town reported that during the past month they charged several local men with crimes ranging from burglary to DWI; all admitted being, or were identified as, members of the Salvadoran gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. People wearing tattoos of the Bloods gang had also been seen in the town, police said. The Suffolk district attorney said that East End gang activity included "groups that are organized, that engage in street crime and violence and have the paramilitary structure used by street gangs," but that there is "scant evidence of East End gangs having formal affiliations with the Latin Kings, MS-13, the Bloods, the Crips, Legion of Doom and other national gangs" that have established footholds up-Island. Reports of gangs in schools have also been prevalent. A detective said that fights in Riverhead High School were prompted by a dispute between two local gangs, the Doctor's Path Flames and Flanders' Finest. Another round of fighting broke out between female members of both gangs. Five juveniles and one adult were arrested; the girls, who ranged in age from 14 to 16, were charged with gang assault.
Source: The New York Times    Date: August 10, 2003

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Officials get tough on gangs (Greensboro, NC): The Greensboro Police Department has received good results from its two year study on gang violence. In the past year, a joint effort with the District Attorney's office has helped them convict six gang members, with pending cases for seven others. A list of validated gang members consists of more than 100 names representing 18 gangs. Two national gangs, Bloods and Crips, and a local gang Boys in Style (which has ties to the national group Asian Crips) have the most members on the department's list. Two other gangs that have surfaced are the Tiny Rascal Gangsters and Folk Nation. Although detectives say gangs in Greensboro commit few violent crimes, the killing of a 16-year-old has them concerned. The 22-year-old man charged in the killing is a validated member of the Bloods. Investigators said the victim was killed while flashing gang signs, although there is no indication that he was a gang member.
Source: News & Record    Date: August 10, 2003

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Shopping trip ends in homicide (Magna, UT): Detectives from the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office arrested four teenagers, whose ages range from 14 to 16, for an alleged gang-related shooting at an auto parts store. A 15-year-old suspect pulled out a handgun and fired multiple shots at two brothers after the feuding gang members exchanged gang signs. The 21-year-old brother died at a hospital from the gunshot wounds, while his younger brother, 18, was treated for similar injuries. At least two suspects are members of the King Mafia Disciples, authorities said. The gang affiliation of the other two suspects is unknown.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: August 9, 2003

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Two slain in restaurant (Los Angeles, CA): A man and a woman were shot and killed in a downtown Los Angeles restaurant, police said. Prior to the shooting, gang members were thrown out of the restaurant for being unruly. They returned shortly after and shot randomly into the restaurant. No one else was injured.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: August 9, 2003

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Victim taken to hospital after stabbing (San Jose, CA): One person was hospitalized with life-threatening wounds after he was stabbed during an apparent gang-related brawl in East San Jose, police said. Police do not have clear information on the incident, but the investigation is continuing.
Source: San Jose Mercury News    Date: August 9, 2003

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Fatal stabbing mars Marian Days (Carthage, MO): In Carthage, Missouri, gang-related violence broke out during an annual celebration event called Marian Days. A 22-year-old man died from multiple stab wounds, according to Southwest Missouri Forensics. Sixteen Asian gang members were detained, and 14 remain in custody. Although gang violence has occurred in the past at this event, this was the first violent death on site. The event attracts up to 60,000 Vietnamese families each year. This is the 26th year for the celebration. "These were two groups who knew each other and frankly were looking for trouble," the Carthage Police Chief said. He also stated that the two groups involved were gangs from Oklahoma City and Wichita.
Source: The Springfield News-Leader    Date: August 9, 2003

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Fresno to intensify crackdown on gangs (Fresno, CA): In the second phase of the Gang Suppression 2003 Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium Task Force, 140 officers from the Fresno Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, and the Fresno County Sheriff's Department are combing high-crime neighborhoods to locate, identify, and arrest gang members. After a three-year lull, more drive-by shootings and a surge in gang violence has alarmed law enforcement officials. Five gangs specifically targeted during the operation are: Bulldogs, Surenos, Midnight Cruisers and southwest Fresno's Garret Street and Strather Boys gangs. The first phase of the task force, which started in June, yielded 221 felony arrests, 226 misdemeanor arrests, 65 parole and probation searches, five search warrant services, and 16 gun seizures, according to Fresno police.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: August 9, 2003

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Shooting wounds teen (Salinas, CA): A 16-year-old boy was shot during a drive-by shooting, police said. Police report that the boy was with a friend when someone opened fire from a passing car. The victim is in serious condition.
Source: The Salinas Californian    Date: August 9, 2003

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Convicted killer gets life in slayings at video store (Houston, TX): A 24-year-old ex-gang member's life was spared when 10 out of 12 jurors decided that his troubled youth contributed to a double murder he committed while robbing a video store. Instead of the death penalty, the man was sentenced to life in prison for the slayings of a 26-year-old woman and an 18-year-old Nigerian immigrant.
Source: The Houston Chronicle    Date: August 8, 2003

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Northridge homicide (Northridge, CA): A 28-year-old woman was killed during a possible gang-related drive-by shooting outside a Northridge apartment building, police said. Officers found the woman lying next to the rear carport area of the apartment complex. No arrests have been made.
Source: City News Service    Date: August 8, 2003

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Pregnant woman wounded (Los Angeles, CA): A 26-year-old woman and her 27-year-old boyfriend were shot by a gang member as they were driving home, police said. The woman, who was 7-months pregnant, delivered her baby prematurely. Police said the newborn was in stable condition. Both the woman and her boyfriend remained at the hospital. Although the two victims did not have gang ties, police say the shooting was gang-related.
Source: City News Service    Date: August 8, 2003

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Police seek man who shot two inside house (Oxnard, CA): Two men were shot in an incident that Oxnard investigators say might be gang-related. A man walked up to an apartment, knocked on the door and asked if he could wash his hands. Two men, ages 23 and 45, were shot when they refused to let him in. Both victims suffered minor shotgun injuries. No arrests have been made and investigation is continuing.
Source: Ventura County Star    Date: August 8, 2003

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Racial strife (Lynwood, CA): Three juveniles were arrested after a fight broke out on the last day of summer school at Lynwood High School. According to a deputy, tensions between two groups, black and Latino students, had been prevalent the last couple of weeks at the school. While "it seems to be racial," she said, "it could have had more to do with gang affiliations."
Source: City News Service    Date: August 8, 2003

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Two hurt in string of Des Moines shootings (Des Moines, IA): Two people were wounded in a string of Des Moines shootings that police describe as random and unconnected. In the first shooting, a 19-year-old pedestrian was wounded when the shooter yelled, "What's up cuz?" and opened fire. A 30-year-old woman was wounded in the second shooting. She was walking with her sister and daughter when two cars passed by and shots were fired. She was treated and released. The last shooting did not wound anyone. According to witnesses, several men were sitting in a car when someone started shooting. No arrests were reported in any of the incidents.
Source: The Des Moines Register    Date: August 8, 2003

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Bullets fired into car kill two men, wound woman (Lancaster, CA): Two men were killed and a woman was wounded after their car was hit by bullets from a car that pulled up alongside them at a stop sign. The wounded woman told people in the neighborhood that she didn't know why she and the men had been shot. The two men who died were said to be in their 30s and of Latin descent. No arrests have been made.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: August 8, 2003

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Man shot to death on Fresno street (Fresno, CA): Fresno police are looking for suspects who fatally shot a male pedestrian in his 20s during an apparent drive-by shooting. Police were given details from witnesses, but have not made any arrests.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: August 8, 2003

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Man shot in drive-by shooting (Tulare, CA): An 18-year-old man was shot and wounded during an apparent drive-by shooting in Tulare. The man was walking alone when suspects, riding in a station wagon and wearing red clothing, opened fire. Police do not know what led to the shooting. The victim was reported in stable condition.
Source: Tulare Advance-Register    Date: August 8, 2003

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Hayward shootings leave four wounded (Hayward, CA): Four men, ages ranging from mid-teens to 20, were injured in what authorities say may have been a gang-related drive-by shooting. Investigators think the four men were standing close to one another when they were shot with "birdshot" pellets. Three men suffered only minor wounds and the fourth was seriously injured, police said. The victims were wearing a lot of red, prompting police to investigate the shooting as a gang-related incident. One suspect was arrested in connection to the shooting and another man remains at large.
Source: The Argus     Date: August 7, 2003

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Anti-gang program expands to Eastside with federal funds (Los Angeles, CA): City and county officials are expanding an anti-gang program to the Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Hollenbeck Division and the East Los Angeles sheriff's station area. The program, which is designed to reduce crime by intervening before gang activity can escalate, has significantly reduced crime in at least six Los Angeles County neighborhoods. Officers on patrol collect intelligence; parole agents maintain pressure on parolees; and prosecutors can bring coordinated cases. Although LAPD's Pacific, Northeast, Foothill, Devonshire, and Newton Divisions have proven successful, the program has struggled to maintain its funding. The new expansion has received $2.5 million in federal funding.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: August 7, 2003

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Man just released from prison killed at home (Anaheim, CA): A 27-year-old man was killed in a gang-related shooting after being released from prison just a few days earlier, police said. The man's girlfriend heard the shot and called police. He was found dead from a gunshot wound, authorities said.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: August 7, 2003

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