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Prison brawl quickly quelled; 2 inmates hurt (Fremont County, CO): Two dozen inmates began pummeling each other in a melee believed to be sparked by gangs at the Fremont Correctional Facility, according to corrections officials. Two men were injured with non-life-threatening wounds. "It's more than likely gang-related," an official said.
Source: The Denver Post Date: January 11, 2004
Portland killings rise in 2003 (Portland, OR): An end-of-the-year cluster of homicides drove the total up to 28, five more than in 2002. Twelve of them remain unsolved. This number, however, still does not reach the city's peak homicide record of 70 being reported in 1987. The Portland homicides were the only ones reported in Multnomah County. There were eight reported in Washington County, eight reported in Clark County, and five reported in Clackamas County. Despite the change in numbers, the motives in 2003 resembled most other years before. Domestic violence, drug disputes, and gang rivalries were behind most of the homicides. Portland is among several large U.S. cities in which slayings were up slightly after a period of decline. Law enforcement officials in Portland are also tracking increased gang activity, and while the rise is beyond simple explanations, it has been noted that many prominent gang members were released from prison last year.
Source: The Sunday Oregonian Date: January 11, 2004
Shooting leaves man wounded (Tucson, AZ): Tucson police are searching for two suspects in what they called a gang-related shooting on the South Side. The shooting occurred when a man and his passenger in a pickup argued with two men in another vehicle. All four are believed to be in their 20s, police said. The driver of the pickup stopped in the road, got out to confront the men, and was shot.
Source: Tucson Citizen Date: January 10, 2004
Shootings probed for gang ties (St. Paul, MN): Police in St. Paul and West St. Paul are investigating the connection between two possibly gang-related shooting incidents. The shooting in West St. Paul wounded a 43-year-old woman, but her injuries were not life-threatening. No one was injured in the St. Paul shooting, police said. The shootings are "clearly connected" and appear to be related to a disagreement among members of the Brown for Life and Latin Kings gangs, an officer said. Officials are searching for several suspects.
Source: Pioneer Press Date: January 10, 2004
Man charged in slaying of girl caught in cross fire (Las Vegas, NV): North Las Vegas police charged a 22-year-old man in the slaying of a 13-year-old girl who was killed in the crossfire of a gang shoot-out. The girl was walking home and was shot when gunfire was exchanged between people in a car and people on the sidewalk. Police are continuing the investigation to identify other people involved in the incident.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: January 10, 2004
Gang member sentenced in fatal shooting of bystander (Vista, CA): A gang member who was jumped at a Vista gas station and fatally shot a 19-year-old bystander when he retaliated against his attackers was sentenced to more than 101 years in prison. The 25-year-old man received 50 years to life for murder, plus 51 years and four months for attempted murder, using a gun, and acting in association with a street gang.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: January 10, 2004
Drive-by shooting remains a mystery (Manteca, CA): A drive-by shooting in which a shotgun was fired into a house door may have been related to Hispanic gang activity, police said. A family was in the house at the time of the shooting, but no one was injured. Police say the son may have been the target. No arrests have been made.
Source: Tri-Valley Herald Date: January 9, 2004
19-year-old killed outside his home (Aurora, IL): A 19-year-old Aurora man was fatally shot by unknown suspects while talking to two other individuals outside his residence, police said. Officials are treating the investigation as a gang-related homicide. No suspects have been identified.
Source: The Sun Date: January 8, 2004
Cops seek suspect for shooting (New York City, NY): Police are searching for a man suspected of shooting and partially paralyzing another man in a clash between two up-and-coming Asian rappers in Chinatown last year. The 22-year-old suspect shot a 23-year-old man after he defended his friend, who is an upcoming Asian rapper. The suspect, also a rapper, is a reputed member of the Ghost Shadows street gang.
Source: New York Post Date: January 8, 2004
Man is killed (El Cajon, CA): Police arrested two gang members suspected of killing an 18-year-old man and injuring another in a shooting in El Cajon. The two victims noticed a car following them as they were driving. Gunshots were fired as the victims confronted the two suspects, ages 18 and 20. The suspects were arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, and gang-related charges shortly after the shooting.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: January 8, 2004
California gangs moving into Chicago area pose an elusive, dangerous challenge (Chicago, IL): Chicago police are facing the possibility of California street gangs coming into the city. Four gangs including 18th Street, Surenos 13's, Nortenos 14's, and Mara Salvatrucha can now be found in nearly two dozen Chicago-area communities, large and small. In the past two years, California gang members have been fingered in shootings or stabbings in Elgin, Joliet, West Chicago, Addison, Franklin Park, and Bensenville. Researchers are concerned with the gangs making it into Chicago and its significance, while police officers differ on the significance of their presence. "Our sense is that they're not making serious efforts to enter into Chicago," a police spokesman said. "Our gang intelligence unit and deployment operations center keeps an eye on them, as they do all gangs." Furthermore, some police officials doubt the California gangs can challenge Chicago gangs for supremacy.
Source: Daily Southtown Date: January 7, 2004
Gangs and drugs behind one in three killings in 2003 (Tucson, AZ): Drugs or gang activity played a role in more than a third of homicides with a known motive in Tucson last year. In most gang killings "the underlying motivation is money and most of that is tied to drugs," said a Tucson police officer. Furthermore, many of the Tucson's area gangs are criminal syndicates believed to be involved in drug and theft crimes. Tucson and unincorporated Pima County had 84 homicides in 2003. A motive has been determined in 67 of those cases and in 24, detectives attribute the killings to gang or drug activity.
Source: Tucson Citizen Date: January 7, 2004
New ban seeks to stop gangs (Long Beach, CA): City officials in Long Beach made it illegal for known gang members to loiter in public places in order to intimidate, conceal criminal activity, or stake territory as their own. The new law, expected to take effect as early as February, gives Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies with gang expertise the authority to arrest gang members at any time in any public area, including parks and sidewalks. Increased graffiti tagging and attempts by gang members to take over some of the city parks as their territories prompted deputies to consider immediate solutions to combat the problems, authorities said. Deputies determine gang affiliation by such characteristics as tattoos, graffiti, and family associations. Furthermore, deputies can arrest gang members' accomplices and parents if they knowingly allow their children to loiter with gang members. Gang loitering is considered a misdemeanor, punishable by jail time and/or a maximum $500 fine, a city official said.
Source: Press-Telegram Date: January 7, 2004
Two teens die in gang-related shooting (San Jose, CA): Police are investigating the shooting deaths of two 17-year-olds after two groups of teenagers began fighting at a local restaurant. A 16-year-old boy was also shot and injured. "There's no doubt it's gang-related," a San Jose officer said. "We believe the victims are gang members or associates, and that's why they were targeted. We believe everyone involved is a member or associate of Hispanic gangs that operate in the area of East San Jose."
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: January 5, 2004
Man at market hit in drive-by shooting (Mountain View, CA): Police in San Diego are investigating a drive-by shooting that wounded a 21-year-old man. The man was walking out of the Bel-Aire Market when shots were fired from a passing car with several men inside. His wounds were not life-threatening, police said.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: January 4, 2004
Teen shot in head on street (Lake Los Angeles, CA): Authorities are investigating a possible gang-related attack in which an 18-year-old man was shot as he was driving away from alleged gang members. The man was first confronted at a friend's house. According to detectives, gang slogans were yelled back and forth. The victim was reported to be in near-death condition. Three officials are searching for several suspects in connection with the shooting.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: January 4, 2004
Two teens charged with terrorism for drive-by shooting (Davenport, IA): Two teens, who police say were involved in a drive-by shooting, were arrested on terrorism and gang charges. A 17-year-old boy fired one shot from a shotgun at a Davenport home while people were outside. No one was hurt in the incident. He was charged with terrorism with intent, criminal gang participation, going armed with intent, and assault while participating in a felony. An 18-year-old female was the driver of the car, police said. She was charged with terrorism with intent, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: January 4, 2004
Banishment being revived at some tribes (Minneapolis, MN): Banishment, long regarded as the ultimate punishment among American Indians, is making a comeback among tribes trying to find more effective ways to deal with gangs and drugs. The modern version means ordering troublemakers off the reservation but can also include stripping them of their tribal membership. Minnesota's Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe is one of the latest to revive the practice. The band approved a banishment law last fall and used it against three young people convicted in a series of assaults. Indian leaders feared the violence could lead to the formation of gangs. At least seven of Minnesota's 11 Indian bands have either passed or used banishment-type laws within the past decade. One reason tribes are turning to banishment is because federal law does not allow tribal courts to impose sentences of more than a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Source: The Charlotte Observer Date: January 4, 2004
Police identify fifth suspect in attack on news carrier (Placerville, CA): Police have identified the fifth suspect in connection with the shooting of a newspaper carrier. The 21-year-old man is believed to be a member of the "Howe Park" Sureno gang and the gunman in the drive-by shooting, a police news release said. Police determined that the victim's car had been mistaken for that of a rival gang member. Three men and a teenager were arrested the day of the incident in connection with the shooting.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: January 3, 2004
Woman indicted in shooting (Bernalillo, NM): A 20-year-old Bernalillo woman has been indicted on charges stemming from an August drive-by shooting. The woman, an alleged gang member, and a car full of people chased another car with three occupants, with gunshots fired from both cars. The charges filed were shooting at or from a motor vehicle, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy, tampering with evidence, and child abuse. If convicted on all charges, she could spend 10 1/2 years in prison and pay a fine up to $30,000.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: January 3, 2004
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