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Shooting leaves two wounded (Lake View Terrace, CA): A shooting in Lake View Terrace left two men wounded, police said. The victims were in a vehicle and "exchanged words" with two men in a pickup truck. One of the men in the truck fired one shot, hitting both victims. Both the suspects and the victims appeared to be in their 20s. The victims were in stable condition, and police were still searching for the suspects.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: August 17, 2003
Officers target South Valley gangs (South Valley, NM): About 30 law enforcement officers patrolled the South Valley area to crack down on gang activity in what is being called "Operation Street Sweep." This response is partly due to two gang-related homicides that occurred recently. Authorities made a total of 36 arrests. The Bernalillo and Valencia County sheriffs' offices, the FBI, the New Mexico Department of Corrections, and the Rio Rancho and Belen police departments participated in the operation. "These operations are very instrumental in collecting gang intelligence," Bernalillo County Sheriff said.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: August 17, 2003
LAPD detectives investigate string of valley slayings (North Hollywood, CA): The Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Division has seen an abnormal amount of violent deaths recently. Since August 7, six people have been killed. A North Hollywood sergeant said it has been the bloodiest period at the division since her transfer four years ago. The incidents include a man and woman, ages 38 and 18 respectively, who were shot and killed; a 32-year-old woman who was beaten to death by two other women; and three men, ages 24, 18, and 30, who were all fatally shot in separate incidents. Police believe that at least one of the incidents was gang-related.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: August 16, 2003
Boy sought in shooting (Newhall, CA): Police are investigating a possible gang-related shooting that left a man wounded in Newhall Park. Police detained one person, but a 14-year-old, who police believe to be the triggerman, remained at large.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: August 16, 2003
Teenager dies from injuries in drive-by shooting (Greenville, NC): A 16-year-old girl died from wounds suffered during a drive-by shooting in front of a house in Greenville. A 20-year-old man was also shot, but only suffered minor wounds. Police arrested and charged a 19-year-old man with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. According to officials, a murder charge will be added.
Source: Winston-Salem Journal Date: August 16, 2003
Long indictment targets members of street gang (Las Vegas, NV): A street gang that has long terrorized a local neighborhood was dealt a major blow with the unsealing of a racketeering indictment charging its members with five murders and numerous other crimes. The federal indictment charges 21 men with belonging to the Rolling 60s Crips, a gang that used violence and extortion to eliminate turf rivals and create fear among citizens to achieve its chief aim, trafficking crack cocaine in Las Vegas and North Las Vegas. Authorities said the indictment was a culmination of an ongoing two-year probe. When a federal grand jury returned the lengthy indictment, nine of the defendants were already jailed on unrelated state or federal charges. Seven of the men charged are identified in the indictment as the Rolling 60s' "O.G.s" or "Original Gangstas," the leaders of the gang, with the rest identified as "Y.G.s" or "Young Gangstas." Five more were arrested and authorities are still trying to locate and take the other seven into custody. Although the indictment accuses the men primarily of trafficking in crack cocaine, it alleges the Rolling 60s also sold PCP, marijuana, and guns. The indictment also charges some members with armed robberies, attempted murders, arson, and the transportation of a Las Vegas girl to Salt Lake City for prostitution.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: August 15, 2003
Two Palatine residents charged after shooting near apartments (Palatine, IL): Two men, ages 17 and 20, were arrested and charged with aggravated assault in connection with a shooting outside an apartment building. One of the two suspects allegedly opened fire at a passing car in which police believe rival gang members were riding. Although the other suspect did not fire any shots, he is being charged for his participation in the crime. The two fled to their apartment shortly after the shooting, but police were able to locate them. After refusing to leave their apartment, police broke in and found the two men along with a small-caliber semi-automatic handgun which is believed to have been used in the shooting. No one was injured during the shooting, nor was any property damaged, police said.
Source: Daily Herald Date: August 15, 2003
Drive-by shooting kills one (Maywood, IL): A 38-year-old man was fatally shot and a teenager was wounded in a drive-by shooting in Maywood, police said. Witnesses told police that the man and others had parked a car and were beginning to get out of the vehicle when a car occupied by several men pulled up and fired gunshots. No arrests have been made.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: August 15, 2003
Authorities seek two men in shooting (Goshen, CA): Investigators are looking for two men in connection with a drive-by shooting of a 20-year-old Goshen man. The victim was outside his residence when two males drove up and shot him multiple times. He was listed in good condition.
Source: Visalia Times-Delta Date: August 15, 2003
Three teens held in street slaying (Westminster, CA): Three teenagers have been arrested in the death of a 13-year-old Westminster boy during a car-to-car shooting that also wounded his brother and another relative. The victim and his family were in a car when people in two other cars fired shots at them. Police stopped one of the cars and arrested three suspects on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. Police report there are more suspects and that the investigation is ongoing. There is a possibility that the crime is gang-related.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: August 14, 2003
Inmates receive minor injuries during fight at Harris County Jail (Harris County, TX): Eleven inmates received minor injuries after a fight broke out among them in a cell block at the Harris County Jail. Eight of the inmates were treated at a jail clinic while three others were taken to a local hospital. No deputies were injured and no weapons were used by the inmates. Authorities are still investigating what caused the fight, but say it could be gang-related. Investigation of the incident is ongoing.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: August 14, 2003
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
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