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Three guards charged in aiding inmates (Joliet, IL): An officer at Stateville Correctional Center smuggled a cell phone to a gang leader incarcerated for murder, allowing him and other inmates to have unmonitored conversations with outsiders for about six months, officials said. The same guard, a member of the Gangster Disciples, also smuggled heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, or marijuana to eight other inmates, many belonging to Chicago gangs, including factions of the Vice Lords, the Black P Stone Nation, and the Gangster Disciples. Two other Statesville correctional officers were also charged for their involvement with jailed gang members. One officer provided narcotics and sex to inmates, and the other arranged drug deals for a guard secretly cooperating with law enforcement.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: August 22, 2003
Drive-by shooting (Staten Island, NY): Two men, ages 19 and 25, and a 21-year-old woman were wounded in a drive-by shooting outside a Port Richmond home, police said. The victims were hit when an unidentified gunman rolled up in a vehicle and opened fire. All victims were listed in stable condition. The shooter, whose motive was not known, fled.
Source: New York Post Date: August 22, 2003
Man stabbed at torchlight parade (Seattle, WA): Police arrested and charged a 19-year-old man with second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of a 33-year-old man outside a Seattle night club. The shooter had announced his gang affiliation and detectives put together a photo lineup of known members of that gang. Witnesses immediately picked the suspect from the lineup.
Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer Date: August 22, 2003
Man wounded in drive-by shooting (Hartford, CT): A 21-year-old man was shot in Hartford's North End when he was fired upon from a moving car, according to police. The man was in stable condition. A 23-year-old man was also shot and wounded a day before. Police have made no arrests and investigation is continuing.
Source: The Hartford Courant Date: August 22, 2003
Man shot in leg while working on car in front of home (Salinas, CA): Salinas police are investigating a shooting that wounded a 24-year-old man. The man was working on his car outside a house when two males in a car drove by and fired several shots. Police are unsure if the shooting was gang-related.
Source: Monterey County Herald Date: August 21, 2003
Seized firearms linked to slaying in Vista Park (Vista, CA): Police are investigating an apparent gang-related shooting that left a 25-year-old dead and three others wounded. Witnesses said up to 25 bullets were fired from several guns at Brengle Terrace Park's parking lot. About 1,200 people were in the park at the time, including about 300 who were near the shooting scene, city officials said. Police have seized two guns believed to be used in the shooting and report that they have some promising leads.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: August 21, 2003
Gang leader is shot on the West Side (Chicago, IL): A 52-year-old man was shot multiple times and critically wounded, police said. The victim, who was once the leader for the Vice Lords gang but has since claimed he has reformed, was gunned down as he got out of his van. Police believe he never really abandoned his role as gang leader and said he was shot while meeting with gang members, possibly in a set-up. Three small foil packets of suspected drugs were found next to his body, police said. A friend, however, said the victim was there to walk his dogs in the park. No arrests have been made.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: August 21, 2003
Police probe drive-by shooting (Mayodan, NC): A Mayodan man standing in his front yard was shot during a drive-by shooting, police said. The victim was treated by paramedics on the scene. No arrests have been made.
Source: News & Record Date: August 21, 2003
Officers unite to curtail gang activity (Gresham, OR): In an effort to quell gang activity, authorities from Gresham and Portland recently cleared out 37 gang members who had gathered in Rockwood Central Park. Neighbors have complained about drinking, drug use, fights, vandalism, and other problems in the park. Eight members of the Portland Police Bureau's gang enforcement unit joined five Gresham gang officers in secretly videotaping gang members as they gathered, then took them into custody as they left. City parks employees documented the condition of park equipment beforehand, so gang members couldn't claim vandalism had been done previously. Workers also made sure that signs regarding parking and the park hours were in place, so offenders couldn't claim ignorance of city ordinances.
Source: The Oregonian Date: August 21, 2003
Officers look for two men suspected in shooting (Tulsa, OK): A 20-year-old man was wounded when he answered the door to his apartment, police said. Officers are looking for two men in their 20s in connection with the shooting. The police department's gang unit said the shooting may be gang-related. The city-county gang task force is continuing the investigation.
Source: Tulsa World Date: August 21, 2003
Two injured in shooting (Providence, RI): Two men, ages 21 and 19, were shot during a drive-by shooting in the Manton Heights Housing Development. The 21-year-old was standing outside holding his baby when someone fired in his direction. The 19-year-old was also wounded during the shooting. Both were taken to the hospital and no arrests have been made.
Source: The Providence Journal Date: August 21, 2003
Suspects sought in gang killing (Elgin, IL): A 16-year-old boy was shot and killed just a few doors from his house after getting into a fight with several suspected gang members, police said. The boy had been walking with friends when they were approached by several other young men. Gang signs were exchanged and a fight broke out, according to police. One of the young men pulled out a gun and shot the boy before running away. The Elgin police gang unit and major investigations detectives were closing in on some leads, but have made no arrests yet.
Source: Daily Herald Date: August 20, 2003
One person wounded at mall (Fairfield, CA): Police are investigating a possible gang-related shooting that wounded one person in the parking lot of the Westfield Shoppingtown Solano Mall. This is the second shooting at the mall since early 2002 and may have a connection to two similar incidents which occurred Sunday.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: August 20, 2003
Third drive-by in five days (Durham, NC): Durham police are investigating a drive-by shooting that left a 15- and an 18-year-old wounded. The two victims were standing on a street when two people drove by in a vehicle and began shooting, police said. Police had not determined whether the shooting was related to two earlier shootings which were believed to be gang-related.
Source: The Herald-Sun Date: August 20, 2003
Police seek gunmen in suspected gang shooting (Salt Lake City, UT): Salt Lake City police are seeking two suspects in a gang-related shooting. Two men were walking when one of them fired three rounds into a gang member's home, police said. The occupant of the home left the house to look for the two men who fled. He found the men in a park, and a confrontation occurred as one of the suspects pulled a gun and fired at the man. The man was not wounded, police said. The suspects ran to a car and fled.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: August 20, 2003
Teenager arrested in gang-related incident (Oklahoma City, OK): Police arrested a 16-year-old teenager on a complaint of shooting with intent to kill in a gang-related incident. The boy is suspected of involvement in the shootings of two males, ages 16 and 17. The victims were found lying outside a house when police arrived. One witness said two men and a woman walked up to the victims, a gun was pulled out, and about ten shots were fired. Another witness, who lives across the street from where the shooting occurred, said one of the victims is a Grande Barrio Central gang member, and the people involved in the shootings are Southside Locos gang members.
Source: Daily Oklahoman Date: August 20, 2003
Gangs' dangerous but dumb act takes top billing in West Side Story (Las Vegas, NV): Twenty-one Rolling 60s Crips members were charged with racketeering after a two-year law enforcement investigation. Police estimate at least 15 unsolved murders are connected to the turf battle between the Rolling 60s and the Gerson Park Kingsmen. Five murders were part of the indictment, which came after a cooperative investigation by the FBI, Metro, and the North Las Vegas Police Department.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: August 20, 2003
Teen bicyclist fatally shot in altercation (Seattle, WA): A 14-year-old boy was shot and killed while riding his bicycle in West Seattle, police said. A man approached the teen and an altercation ensued. At least six shots were fired, hitting the boy three or four times. The gunman fled on foot. Police say the shooting was not believed to be a random attack and are investigating to see if it was gang-related.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: August 19, 2003
Deaths of two men at party investigated (Fontana, CA): Police are investigating the shooting deaths of two men, ages 26 and 29, during a party in Fontana. The shootings are believed to be gang-related, authorities said. No suspects have been identified.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: August 19, 2003
Gang violence on the rise (San Fernando Valley, CA): The Los Angeles Police Department's Metro Squad has deployed officers to the Foothill Division to help quell an increase in gang-related violence across the San Fernando Valley. "There's been what I'd call a heating-up of gang activity," the commander of the Valley Bureau said. "It's probably a combination of hot weather and that gangs do get more active in the summertime. They've got more free time." Two gang-related killings were part of a recent string of nine homicides in eight days. First, a 28-year-old gang member was shot as he rode his bicycle. Police had no suspects or motive. In the second incident, police were able to arrest a gang member for the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: August 19, 2003
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