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Gang sweep on Long Island (Islip, NY): Federal prosecutors announced charges against 30 alleged gang members, accusing them of gang-related violence across Long Island. The charges involve five murders, including that of a 14-year-old boy who was shot in September while riding his bicycle. Prosecutors believe he was mistaken for a member of a rival gang because he was dressed in blue. Other charges involve a firebombing, drive-by shootings, stabbings, robberies, and drug deals dating to the late 1990s. Officials said the suspects included leaders of the Bloods gang in Nassau, MS-13, and a lesser-known gang calling itself "Murder Unit" on the North Fork. Seven of those charged face a possible death penalty, and many others face life in prison. The gang roundup took place over the last month, after an investigation that had been under way for years, authorities said.
Source: Newsday Date: February 4, 2004
Two Santa Clara teens stable after unprovoked stabbing (Sunnyvale, CA): Two teenagers, ages 15 and 16, were wounded after an apparently unprovoked attack outside a pizza parlor in Sunnyvale, police said. Authorities say the male suspect, between 16 to 20 years old, fled the scene with another male after he stabbed the victims. "We believe it's possibly gang-related, but it's important to note that this is an unprovoked attack," an officer said. "We don't have any evidence that our victims did anything other than just be present there at the pizza parlor."
Source: San Jose Mercury News Date: February 4, 2004
Suspect held in shooting death (South Valley, NM): Police arrested a 20-year-old man who they believe killed a 21-year-old man and wounded a teen. The shooting appears to be gang-related. Officials say the two men may have intended to meet at the Tom Tenorio Memorial Park to fight when the incident occurred.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: February 3, 2004
Gang link seen in girl's shooting (Fresno, CA): Police are searching for three men involved in a gang-related shooting that left a man and a 6-year-old girl injured. A man who was involved in a disturbance at a Johnny Quick food store went to the victim's house and knocked on his door. Three men occupied a car parked on the street, and when the victim told the men to leave, someone in the back seat pulled a gun, shooting the victim and his 6-year-old niece.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: February 3, 2004
Shootings raise gang fears (Portland, OR): While the recent murder of a known Bloods gang member in broad daylight has raised fears that gang battles are returning, police say it is nowhere near the height of violence in the 1990s. Gang violence in Portland has been on the rise for the past two years, but police say it is important to keep things in perspective. In 1994, there were 867 aggravated assaults with handguns, while last year there were only 250. Police are still concerned about the recent increase in violence but are unsure what is causing it. "If we don't know what's causing it, we can't defuse it," said one gang officer. Drive-by shootings have become one of the biggest concerns in neighborhoods as residents worry about becoming unintended victims of shootings. While police have only theories for the violence, it is possible that some of the Portland gang leaders who were recently released from prison are trying to settle old scores. Three of the five recent shootings in Portland involved people with gang ties.
Source: The Oregonian Date: February 3, 2004
Nightclub shooting (Los Angeles, CA): Detectives are investigating an alleged gang-related shooting that left two men, ages 25 and 31, wounded at an East Hollywood nightclub. Officials believe that the older man was the intended target. Four men in their mid-to-late 20s were seen leaving the scene in a car.
Source: City News Service Date: February 3, 2004
Rubbing out graffiti (El Paso, TX): Police say a tagging "war" among several crews is behind a rash of graffiti in the Lower Valley. As of January 28, 76 graffiti cases were reported to El Paso police, compared with 60 reported cases in all of January 2003. While the vandalism has been removed, investigation into the graffiti continues. Tagger groups, or "crews," try to outdo rivals by seeing who can vandalize more spots. These groups are less inclined toward violence than street gangs, who use graffiti to mark turf. Police have identified 84 active tagging crews in El Paso.
Source: El Paso Times Date: February 3, 2004
San Diego shooting (San Diego, CA): Two men suffered minor wounds in a possible gang-related shooting, authorities said. The two men were walking when a car stopped near them, and a man pulled out a gun and fired three rounds, striking both men. Both men were treated at local hospitals. Police are continuing the investigation.
Source: City News Service Date: February 3, 2004
Assault weapon found during bust of drug dealing suspect (Alameda, CA): Police arrested a 23-year-old Oakland man who is accused of dealing methamphetamine in Alameda. At the time of his arrest, the man was on probation for possessing stolen property. Along with discovering a large amount of drugs at his residence, evidence was also found linking the man to the Crips street gang, police said. The man's 44-year-old roommate was also arrested for having a warrant accusing him of possessing a controlled substance. He could face additional charges related to the narcotics found in the residence.
Source: Contra Costa Times Date: February 3, 2004
Round Lake Beach police latest to create gang unit (Round Lake Beach, IL): Round Lake Beach police are taking a zero-tolerance approach toward gang crimes as they start their new gang unit. According to the unit's supervisor, the only two options they have are putting gang members in jail or getting them out of Round Lake Beach. "We're not going to try to rehabilitate these kids," he said. "We're either going to make them go away or put them in jail. We want this town to be a difficult place for them to live in." The new unit will coincide with an education component to reach middle school-age children, he added. The aim is to teach children that joining a gang comes with a steep price. Round Lake Beach joins several Lake County communities, including Mundelein and Waukegan, with full-time gang units.
Source: Daily Herald Date: February 2, 2004
Lynwood shooting (Lynwood, CA): Police are looking for a 16- to 20-year-old male suspect in connection with a fatal shooting of a 27-year-old man. The victim was leaving a liquor store in Lynwood when he was approached by the suspect. "There was a verbal exchange and, to whatever extent, the response was unfavorable to that of the suspect," a deputy said.
Source: City News Service Date: February 2, 2004
Crackdown on cyber cafes (Garden Grove, CA): An appellate court ruled the city's strict regulation of cyber cafes, enacted in an attempt to crack down on gangs and violence, is legal. The city tightened cyber cafe rules after a series of attacks at or near the city's more than two dozen cyber cafes. Many owners are unhappy with the potential changes saying it would hurt their businesses. City officials passed ordinances that would require cyber cafe owners to log customers, have an adult and security guard present, limit business hours, and videotape their premises.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: February 2, 2004
People caught in gang shooting cross fire (Athens, GA): Police are looking for suspects involved in a gang shooting at a northeast Athens apartment complex that injured several people, including three who were next door to the intended victims. Police said members of the Los Primos street gang are suspected in the shooting, possibly targeting members of the 18th Street gang. According to witnesses and police, about 50 shots were fired into the building from three vehicles.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: February 1, 2004
Man killed in random gang attack (Inglewood, CA): Police have arrested three suspects for beating and fatally shooting a man at random at a bus stop near Inglewood. Three other suspects are still at large, according to authorities. The victim, a man in his 30s, was at a bus stop when six gang members attacked him.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: February 1, 2004
Bronx drug ring goes up in smoke (Bronx, NY): Authorities busted a notorious Bronx street gang yesterday that flagrantly sold drugs for years in Williamsbridge under the name Killer Bronx Committee, also known as Killer Bronx Government. Eleven members were indicted for selling drugs and drug possession. "These individuals sold crack and marijuana every day and night for years, virtually taking over the streets where they operated," according to the police commissioner. The members were known to wear signature black bandannas, having tattoos bearing the letters "KBC," or sporting baseball caps that read "KBG 228th." Seven members have been arrested, one was in custody, and three more members were being sought.
Source: Daily News Date: January 30, 2004
Cambodian men fall prey to gang violence (Long Beach, CA): Six Cambodian-American men have been gunned down in Long Beach since October in a rash of suspected gang violence. All of the victims were children of Cambodian refugees who fled the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge in the late 1970s. Police say at least three of the victims had gang affiliations; the others may have been cases of mistaken identity. Police believe the shootings were gang-related but have made no definitive link. No arrests have been made. Officials are unsure of what has caused the recent violence. Detectives are not aware of brewing rivalries between Cambodian gangs and other gangs in Long Beach but admit that it is unusual for so many Cambodians to be shot in such a short period of time. Some experts say that black gangs fear Cambodian gang members because they are "reckless and unyielding." "They come from a very, very violent country. These people who grew up under a repressive regime with violence around them bring some of those experiences with them into the streets," a researcher said. Others disagree that Cambodian history predisposes its immigrants to gang life and suggest that the problem is not unique to the Cambodians, but rather more of a gang culture that has emerged among most immigrant groups.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: January 30, 2004
Third man arrested in fatal shooting of woman, 18 (Fort Worth, TX): A third man was arrested in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old woman last month. The 21-year-old suspect and two others, ages 20 and 22, are accused of fatally shooting a woman as she, her boyfriend, and his cousin drove home from a club. "We don't have any other motive at this point other than the shooting being gang-related," said a homicide detective. Investigators believe that the 22-year-old fired the fatal shot. According to an arrest warrant affidavit, two of the suspects told someone they shot at the victim's truck after the occupants flashed gang signs at them. The first two suspects were arrested two weeks ago and charged with engaging in organized criminal activity/murder because they were acting together as gang members at the time of the slaying. Officials plan to file the same charges against the third suspect.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram Date: January 30, 2004
Gang sophistication on the increase (MA): In its first meeting of the year, the Essex County Gang Task Force, which includes members from 30 agencies including police from Lawrence, Methuen, and the New Hampshire Seacoast area, discussed trends they have been noticing. The trends include an increase in commercial robberies, including ATMs and high-tech equipment; firearms and semiautomatic pistols; the recruitment of school-age children; mergers, or member "buy-outs," between once-rival gangs; and an increase in the number of wannabe gangs formed by young teenagers, said a task force member. Other task force members noted that the commercial break-in trend was started by members of the Latin Gangsta' Disciples and produces easier money than dealing drugs, not to mention lighter prison sentences. Furthermore, expected grant money will hopefully begin a proactive program called Operation Seize Fire aimed at keeping youths away from gangs and providing gang members in prison with job training.
Source: The Boston Globe Date: January 29, 2004
Deputies arrest ten after probe of gang shooting (Los Angeles County, CA): County sheriff's deputies arrested ten people and seized four firearms after a four-month investigation into a gang-related shooting that left a man paralyzed. Search warrants were served in Walnut, Rowland Heights, Hacienda Heights, Diamond Bar, and Palm Desert. Nine teenage boys were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, and a 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance. According to police, the shooting started with an argument between two members or associates of different Asian gangs. They set a time to fight and apparently called in others. Once the suspected members and associates of the two Asian gangs gathered at the scene, a car drove up and someone inside started shooting. According to deputies, there were 15 victims in the shooting.
Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune Date: January 29, 2004
School shooting (Van Nuys, CA): Two people were wounded near Van Nuys High School today in what a Los Angeles Police Department sergeant said was a gang-related shooting. An 18- to 20-year-old and a 25- to 30-year-old were both shot while standing at an intersection. Their injuries are not life-threatening. Police are searching for three suspects.
Source: City News Service Date: January 29, 2004
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