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Fitchburg man charged with shooting into home (Lowell, MA): An 18-year-old man has been charged with two counts of armed assault with intent to murder after being picked up for allegedly shooting a gun into a Lowell home. Police believe the shooting is in retaliation for a gang-related fight at a local cinema that involved the suspect and someone who lived at the house he opened fire on. No one was injured during the shooting.
Source: Telegram and Gazette Date: April 14, 2004
Officials plan anti-gang force (Babylon, NY): In Babylon, police, parents, and local officials are planning to create a Gang Task Force in response to increasing gang activity, including graffiti, teenage drug dealing, and drive-by shootings. The First and Third Precincts, which include Babylon and Islip respectively, saw the highest gang member arrests last year. Suffolk County police will oversee the task force, parole, and probation departments to better identify and track known gang members. The program also will emphasize community involvement, including working with local school districts to address truancy and gang activity in schools.
Source: Newsday Date: April 14, 2004
Gang suspect nabbed (El Paso, TX): A 25-year-old suspected Bernalillo gang member was arrested in El Paso as he was trying to enter Mexico, an official said. The man is wanted in connection with several drive-by shootings that occurred in February and March in Bernalillo and a warrant out of Albuquerque.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: April 13, 2004
Gang sweep nets 18 (Las Vegas, NV): Las Vegas police arrested 18 gang members after issuing arrest warrants for nearly 200 members of the Crips, Bloods, and other gangs wanted for everything from attempted murder to probation violations. The crackdown, named Operation Spring Sweep, involved a task force of about 60 officers. The wanted gang members are reported to have roots in Southern California, Northern California, and Midwestern cities such as Chicago and Detroit. So far this year there have been 54-gang-related shootings in Las Vegas and in areas of Clark County. The remaining 187 targeted gang members are known to reside in the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Police Department.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: April 13, 2004
Bar code suspect arrested (Las Vegas, NV): A man accused of shooting and killing a rival gang member in front of a downtown Olympia nightclub was arrested at a motel in Las Vegas. The 24-year-old was arrested on charges of first-degree murder with a deadly weapon and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. Police previously arrested and charged two other men, who police believe are friends of the victim, with attempted first-degree murder with a deadly weapon and illegal possession of firearms. The two men fired shots as the suspect was fleeing the scene. They are all believed to be members of rival gangs in Lakewood.
Source: The Olympian Date: April 13, 2004
Five arrested in nasty gang graffiti spree (Omaha, NE): A week after Omaha officials announced an anti-graffiti initiative, five men face charges from allegedly spray-painting gang graffiti on cars and businesses, then assaulting the people who saw them. Those arrested are allegedly from the same street gang as three people arrested for painting graffiti on buildings near the Omaha Police Department. The men were arrested on suspicion of crimes ranging from misdemeanor assault and graffiti, to being minors in possession of alcohol.
Source: Omaha World-Herald Date: April 12, 2004
Man dies in drive-by shooting (LaPlace, LA): A 20-year-old man was fatally shot during a drive-by shooting in a Reserve community. The man was standing in a front yard with his friends when someone in a passing car fired at the group, police said. Authorities believe a long-simmering feud between two rival groups led to the shooting. It is unclear whether the man was the intended target.
Source: The Times-Picayune Date: April 11, 2004
Reputed gang leader gets life sentence in drug case (Chicago, IL): A reputed high-ranking leader of the Gangsters Disciples street gang was sentenced to life imprisonment in federal court for conspiring to deal crack cocaine at a former Chicago public housing building on the West Side. The man was identified as a Gangster Disciples "governor" over the entire West Side, in particular, a 10-story building in Rockwell Gardens.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: April 8, 2004
Gang tie suspected in killing (Yuba City, CA): Detectives believe the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy may be related to a dispute between two Latino gangs. "We believe the victim in this case to be connected with the Sureno street gang. The suspects are believed to be Nortenos. Over the last three years, violence between the two gangs has increased in frequency and seriousness," an officer said.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: April 7, 2004
Shooting victim had hoped to leave gangs (Madera, CA): Police have arrested two men and are seeking three others in a gang-related shooting that left a 22-year-old man dead. The suspects allegedly shot the victim from a car and then fled the scene. California Highway Patrol officers chased them briefly and arrested a 23-year-old man and another man, who was later released. Three others jumped out and ran before authorities could arrest them. The 23-year-old man was charged with suspicion of conspiracy to commit homicide with a gang enhancement.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: April 7, 2004
Suspected member of gang arrested (Franklin, NJ): The arrest of a 22-year-old man was the result of a two-week investigation by detectives with the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force, authorities said. The man, a suspected Bloods gang member, was caught selling heroin to an undercover detective. In addition to the undercover sale, the man is also charged with distributing heroin to a 41-year-old man, who was later arrested. Police say the 22-year-old man was wearing Bloods colors and had tattoos signifying his membership in the gang.
Source: Courier News Date: April 7, 2004
Gang graffiti, crimes mulitply (Salt Lake City, UT): According to Salt Lake City police, a recent increase in gang graffiti may be a precursor to gang battles on the streets. "I can't remember seeing this much gang graffiti and this amount of disrespect between gangs since 1997 or 1996," an officer said, adding that the two factors correlate to crime rates that have risen sharply for the second year in a row. Statistics show a 21.9 percent increase in graffiti from 3,981 cases in 2002 to 4,854 cases last year, paired with a 22.8 percent increase in all other gang crime, from 1,252 cases to 1,538 cases. Gang crime rose 50.5 percent in 2002. The majority of the graffiti is believed to be young gang members attempting "stepping stone crimes."
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: April 7, 2004
Lincoln Park area injunction is expanded (San Diego, CA): At a recent meeting, town leaders decided to modify an injunction by adding 21 gang members who are barred from a variety of activities within a roughly two-square-mile section of southeastern San Diego, including gathering or appearing in public with any member of the gang they claim. Some of the other 37 prohibited activities are approaching or signaling any moving vehicles on any street unless required by a legitimate emergency, littering in any public place, wearing gang clothing, and making or encouraging others to make loud noise. According to police, the members listed in the injunction are considered the leaders and the most violent of the estimated 140 members of the particular gang.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: April 6, 2004
Shooting outside club linked to gang violence (Pahokee, FL): A heated rivalry between two gangs, Dogs Under Fire and Pahokee Boyz, led to a shooting that left one man dead and another man injured. The man had stepped outside of Club Static when he was caught in a crossfire between the two gangs. He was shot twice, and another man suffered minor wounds. Authorities say the triggerman is believed to be a 22-year-old member of the Dogs Under Fire gang. Other arrests are pending.
Source: The Palm Beach Post Date: April 6, 2004
Investigators glean gang information from inmate birthday cards (Los Angeles, CA): Gang investigators in California prisons are finding that prisoners' birthday cards can help them attain valuable information. According to investigators, gang members will sign their nicknames and affiliations on the card, which allows for lifting an entire gang registry from one card. In addition, sometimes-cryptic information on the cards helps determine which inmates have moved on from membership in street gangs to more troublesome prison-based gangs, which are responsible for the bulk of the system's organized violence and drug trafficking.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: April 5, 2004
Student brawl disrupts bus trip (Visalia, CA): Nine students were suspended, and three boys, ages 13, 14, and 17, were arrested after a fight on a Visalia Unified School District bus, Tulare County sheriff's officials said. The students all attend Visalia's Charter Alternatives Academy, a school for students expelled from other campuses. According to authorities, three boys are part of an Asian street gang, and they started harassing a 15-year-old girl. The girl eventually went to the front of the bus to hide behind the bus driver, but the boys kept hitting her. The driver stopped the bus, tried to break up the fight, and radioed for help. Police said the fight was gang-related. The three boys were booked into Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility for battery, but gang-related offenses could be added after the investigation is complete.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: April 3, 2004
Valinda man injured in drive-by shooting (Valinda, CA): Sheriff's detectives are searching for two Latino men in their 20s who are suspected of shooting a Valinda man as he stood in his front yard talking to a friend. The suspects pulled up in a car, asked where the victim was from, and allegedly shot him. The victim's wounds are not life-threatening.
Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune Date: April 3, 2004
Woodburn teen arrested for graffiti (Woodburn, OR): A 16-year-old boy was arrested and booked in connection with a series of gang-related graffiti that was spray-painted on several buildings in Woodburn, police said. The boy was booked on 15 counts of second-degree criminal mischief before being released to one of his parents.
Source: Statesman Journal Date: April 3, 2004
Man arrested in connection to drive-bys (Belle Glade, FL): A 20-year-old man was arrested in connection with several drive-by shootings at rival gang members, Belle Glade police said. The man is charged with attempted homicide, discharging a firearm from a vehicle, and aggravated assault with a firearm. He is the second Dogs Under Fire gang member arrested in connection with shooting at rival gang, Little Rock Dogs. Police are searching for two other suspects. No one was reported injured in the five shootings.
Source: The Palm Beach Post Date: April 2, 2004
Straight Edgers characterized as terrorist threat (Salt Lake City and Ogden, UT): Straight Edge is Utah's largest gang and thought to be a terroristic threat, police are reporting. Hundreds of teenagers in Salt Lake City and Ogden align themselves with the 20-year-old Straight Edge movement, which advocates clean living devoid of smoking, alcohol, drugs, and promiscuous sex. The majority of those teens are law abiding, an officer said, but some commit violent crimes in small packs, usually assaulting those who smoke or drink. According to police, the gang was considered a domestic terrorist group after a series of violent attacks in the mid-to-late 1990s when Straight Edgers firebombed a McDonald's and a leather store, blew up a mink farm, and murdered a teenager for smoking in downtown Salt Lake City. Recently, they have been linked to multiple beatings, involving high school students in the Kearns area.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: April 2, 2004
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