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Mother recalls flying bullets (North Highlands, CA): In a possible gang-related shooting, a four-year-old girl suffered bullet wounds while playing outside a North Highlands apartment building. Four men pulled up to the apartment gate, words were exchanged between a man in a car and someone on the lawn, and then shots were fired. The girl is recovering at a hospital. Detectives are making progress in this ongoing investigation.
Source: The Sacramento Bee    Date: June 18, 2003

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An inkling of doubt (El Paso, TX): The El Paso Tattoo Removal Program, started in 1998 by the Texas Attorney General's office, has helped many former gang members remove their tattoos for minimal to no cost. Since its inception, the program has been instituted in 13 of the largest metropolitan areas in Texas. The program is made up of volunteers who donate their time to help former gang members change their old lifestyle. "One of requirements the Attorney General's office stipulated is that these tattoos have to be gang-related, and the person has had to have already left the gang life," said an officer of the El Paso Police Department's Gang Intelligence Unit. All applicants are interviewed and undergo an extensive background check which can take up to two months, depending on the equipment and staff available.
Source: El Paso Times    Date: June 18, 2003

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Two arrested following Elgin drive-by shooting (Elgin, IL): Police arrested two males, ages 20 and 16, for a possible gang-related drive-by shooting in Elgin. The 20-year-old was arrested on charges of reckless discharge of a firearm, while the 16-year-old was charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. According to reports, no one was wounded.
Source: Daily Herald    Date: June 18, 2003

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Police arrest man in fatal shooting (San Diego, CA): Residents in the Mission Beach/Mission Bay area are concerned about their safety after the third fatal shooting occurred this year. One man died from his wounds while two other men were wounded. All three were gang members and were wearing gang colors at the time of the shooting, police said. Police arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with the shooting, but the gunman is still at large. The shooting was a result of an argument between rival gangs.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: June 17, 2003

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Auburn prison lockdown continues (Auburn, NY): Eight corrections officers were wounded and hospitalized after three melees at the Auburn Correctional Facility. "This was definitely a gang hit and it was definitely geared toward staff," the chief union steward said. The fights occurred in the prison yard and inside a cellblock. A lockdown, the second at the prison since December of last year, was declared after the fights ended.
Source: The Post-Standard    Date: June 17, 2003

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Suspects in shootings still being sought (Greeley, CO): Arrest warrants were issued for a 37-year-old man, his 18-year-old son, and a 16-year-old in connection with a triple shooting that left two men and a juvenile wounded in a store parking lot. Authorities say the case may be gang-related.
Source: Rocky Mountain News    Date: June 17, 2003

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The changing face of gangs (Corpus Christi, TX): Resources for fighting Corpus Christi gangs are being cut, and authorities fear that gang-fighting efforts may suffer. "We have two major corridors for drugs through this county and, without the task force, the dopers will win," said a sheriff. "It clearly gives gang leaders an open rein for dealing drugs." In addition to the Tri-County Task Force, budget cuts will also affect the Community Supervision and Corrections Department's Adult Probation unit and the Spotlight Officers who work in a follow-up program to check the spread of gangs. The probation department's loss of funds will not allow them to keep track of known gang members, officials said.
Source: Corpus Christi Caller-Times    Date: June 16, 2003

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Boy shot in leg outside home (Milwaukee, WI): A 7-year-old boy was shot in what police are saying might have been a gang-related shooting. The boy was outside his south side home with a group of youths when a car pulled up and three people got out, began shooting, and fled. According to police, the boy was not the intended target. The boy was in critical but satisfactory condition.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: June 16, 2003

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Hyde Park shooting (Los Angeles, CA): A 20-year-old man was wounded during a possible gang-related drive-by shooting, police said. The man was riding his bicycle when the shots were fired. Police said he was taken to a hospital where he is reportedly in good condition. Information on the suspect was unavailable.
Source: City News Service    Date: June 16, 2003

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Three people shot in drive-by shootings (York, PA): In York, three people were shot in separate drive-by shootings, according to reports. A 28-year-old male died from his wounds. A 23-year-old male suffered upper body wounds, and another male, age 19, suffered leg wounds. No other information was available.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: June 16, 2003

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A GREAT program to stop gang violence (New Jersey): New Jersey will become the first state in the nation to team up with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to train police to teach the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) Program. The program teaches kids about conflict resolution and decision-making.
Source: Asbury Park Press    Date: June 16, 2003

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Drive-by shooting wounds three (Buffalo, NY): Three men were wounded during a drive-by shooting that occurred in the Northeast District, police said. The men were sitting inside a vehicle in front of a home when another vehicle pulled up and the driver fired about six shots. No arrests have been made.
Source: The Buffalo News    Date: June 16, 2003

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Four men charged with gang assault (Lackawanna, NY): Police have arrested and charged four men, ages 19, 23, and two 24-year-olds, with first-degree gang assault for beating and kicking a 22-year-old man outside a restaurant. Police said that at least one of the assailants knew the victim. The victim was treated at an area medical center and released.
Source: The Buffalo News    Date: June 16, 2003

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Boy in serious condition after gang-related stabbing at park (Reno, NV): A boy was stabbed several times during a gang-related fight at Wingfield Park, Reno police said. Two rival gangs cruising downtown Reno got into a verbal fight, which then proceeded into the parking lot of the park where they fought with rocks, bats, and a knife. Police believe the suspects are two males both in their teens.
Source: Reno Gazette-Journal    Date: June 15, 2003

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Police unit created to combat gangs' growth (Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC): Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are assigning three officers to work exclusively on Charlotte's growing gang problems. The gang shooting that took place nine weeks ago in a Mecklenburg park, leaving four men injured and one dead, was not the only reason for this decision. Neither was the fact that 14 members of the same gang have been charged since April in four killings. Instead, it was a culmination of events that eventually led authorities to start a gang unit. The new unit will collect information about Charlotte-Mecklenburg gangs, work to keep young people from joining gangs, and go after violent members.
Source: The Charlotte Observer    Date: June 14, 2003

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Authorities discover burning body (Tucson, AZ): Police are investigating a possible gang-related incident in which a body was found burning under a mattress in a desert area near the Tucson International Airport. Three men and a teenage boy are being held and questioned by the police. No arrests have been made.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: June 13, 2003

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$375,000 bail for youth in soccer field shooting (Chicago, IL): A 15-year-old boy was held on $375,000 bail for wounding a 10-year-old boy in an alleged gang-related shooting. The 10-year-old fell victim to crossfire intended for rival gang members while playing soccer near Dominguez Elementary School.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: June 13, 2003

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City teen faces murder charge (Oklahoma City, OK): A 16-year-old boy was charged with second-degree murder after being accused of killing a 22-year-old male in an apparent gang shooting. The shooting was a result of an altercation in which the victim assaulted another man, court records show.
Source: Daily Oklahoman    Date: June 13, 2003

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Brockton student eyed in gas station killing (Brockton, MA): A 35-year-old male was fatally shot while working at a gas station convenience store in Brockton. Police are looking for a Brockton High School student in connection with the shooting. School officials say the student may have gang-related ties.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: June 13, 2003

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Gang clash led to Lost Lake gunfire (Fresno, CA): Two alleged male gang members, ages 18 and 19, will appear in court on June 27 to stand trial for the slaying of an 18-year-old male. The victim, who was not a member of any gang, was fatally shot when he went to Lost Lake Park to go fishing with friends on April 18.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: June 13, 2003

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