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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
Gang graffiti (Los Angeles, CA): A 19-year-old East Los Angeles gang member was sentenced to seven months in jail for spray-painting gang graffiti on the side of a commercial building. Two weeks ago, a Los Angeles jury convicted the Dogtown street gang member of one count of vandalism and one count of carrying a vandalism tool, an official said. Under the Street Terrorism Enforcement Prevention Act, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge sentenced him to the minimum 180 days in jail, plus 30 days for untruthful statements on the witness stand during the two-day trial. He was also ordered not to associate with any known gang members. During a patrol of the William Mead housing project, police officers saw the man, along with two lookout companions, spray-painting gang graffiti on a wall of the building. He then tried to flee the scene when the officers approached him but was arrested after a short chase across the street, police said.
Source: City News Service Date: January 29, 2004
Man pleads guilty in student's killing (Minneapolis, MN): A 20-year-old Minneapolis man pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder for the benefit of a gang in the May 16 shooting death of a 19-year-old college student in South Minneapolis. The incident occurred at a party when the man and an accomplice met some girls who identified themselves as members of the "Bloods" street gang and claimed to have argued with the victim. The two intervened and shot the victim as he drove away. The 16-year-old accomplice has been certified to stand trial as an adult.
Source: Pioneer Press Date: January 28, 2004
Azusa police probe reveals gang's ties to Mexican Mafia (Azusa, CA): Police say they have evidence that a longtime Azusa Latino gang has ties to the Mexican Mafia. Through a series of jailhouse wiretaps of gang members, police monitored telephone conversations about witnesses and victims. According to police, the wiretaps established a link to the Mexican Mafia. Although police have reduced the gang's activity, they continued to reorganize, recruit, and participate in criminal activity. The gang members primarily attack African Americans but have been known to turn on each other, an officer said.
Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune Date: January 28, 2004
Six juveniles caught in drug crackdown (Chicago, IL): Six juveniles, ranging in age from 12 to 16, were among 15 people in custody after a police crackdown on a street gang heroin ring on the West Side. Police said members of the gang used the juveniles to sell drugs, serve as lookouts, and store heroin and marijuana. Officials are searching for seven more adults on drug charges. A total of 22 people were arrested after the five-month investigation. The six juveniles include three boys and three girls. All of the juveniles, except a 12-year-old boy, were charged as adults with either criminal drug conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance, or delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: January 27, 2004
Man accused in shooting is arrested (Rialto, CA): A 24-year-old man was arrested for an alleged gang-related shooting that occurred in August 2003. The man is accused of killing a 42-year-old man and wounding a 37-year-old man.
Source: Press Enterprise Date: January 24, 2004
Manteca man to serve 68 years to life (San Joaquin County, CA): A 22-year-old Norteo gang member was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder in separate incidents last May and June. In both cases, the man fired shots that missed the intended targets. The punishment for both incidents added up to 68 years to life in prison.
Source: Tri-Valley Herald Date: January 24, 2004
Reduced charges in attack (Lancaster, CA): Two reputed street gang members, both age 25, accused of beating of a Lancaster man while he was picking up his children at a private school, admitted to reduced charges that spare them prison terms. A third defendant, an 18-year-old male, is awaiting trial on charges of assault, vandalism, and making criminal threats. After the two men serve their six-month jail sentences, they have orders to stay away from the location of the incident, not associate with any gang members, not have any dangerous or deadly weapons, and be subject to search and seizure. A fourth defendant, a 14-year-old from Lancaster, is being handled in juvenile court.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: January 24, 2004
Teens arrested in assault (Fairfax County, VA): Three middle school students were arrested in Fairfax County in what police say was a gang-related incident. The suspects, two 12-year-olds and a 14-year-old, allegedly lured a 12-year-old into a school bathroom, threatened, and punched him. Each suspect is charged as a juvenile with assault by a mob and participating in a street gang.
Source: The Washington Post Date: January 24, 2004
Burglary probe leads to arrest of wanted Latin Kings gang member (Dover Township, NJ): A 20-year-old member of the Latin Kings gang, wanted for kidnapping and attempted murder, was arrested inside an apartment, police said. Police had been searching for the man since May of 2002 after he and three other gang members kidnapped and shot a Newark man, a detective said. Two other men have been arrested and charged in the kidnapping and attempted murder. Police are still searching for a fourth suspect.
Source: Asbury Park Press Date: January 23, 2004
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