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Alleged shooters hurt in crash (Tulsa, OK): Two men who reportedly opened fire from the bed of a pickup were injured when the truck crashed. Witnesses told police that passengers in the bed of a pickup began shooting at another car. While the occupants of the car were not injured, the truck crashed into a guardrail, and the two people in the back of the truck fell out. The two injured suspects, ages 21 and 23, are listed in critical condition. Officials believe the shooting is gang-related. Four others in the pickup fled the scene before officers arrived, but two of them, both age 18, were soon arrested on complaints of shooting with intent to kill. Investigation is ongoing.
Source: Tulsa World Date: November 26, 2003
Police arrest suspect in San Jose teen's killing (San Jose, CA): Authorities say they have arrested the getaway driver in the random shooting death last spring of a San Jose teenager. The 28-year-old suspect was arraigned on charges of murder and assault with gang enhancements in connection with the killing of the 15-year-old boy. If convicted of all the charges, he faces life in prison. Law enforcement officials say the boy just happened to be hanging out in a downtown San Jose park on April 24, when Norteno gang members were out for revenge and mistook him and his friends for rival gang members. The shooter, a 21-year-old male Norteno member, pleaded no contest to the shooting and was sentenced in August to 80 years to life in prison. Two other men, ages 19 and 22, who authorities say were in the park and participated in the attack, have also been charged with murder and have pleaded not guilty. Five other alleged gang members are in custody facing life sentences on charges that they intimidated witnesses in the investigation.
Source: San Jose Mercury News Date: November 25, 2003
One dead, one hurt in drive-by (San Francisco, CA): Drive-by shooters in San Francisco's Hunters Point opened fire Monday night on three men outside a corner store, killing one, wounding another, and pursuing the third man who ran for his life, police said. Police said the three men were talking outside a store when a car passed with one or two passengers firing more than a dozen rounds. Two men were shot. A 24-year-old man was killed, and another man was wounded and taken to a hospital. "We believe that it is a gang-related attack," an officer said. "We believe it involved gangs in the Hunters Point-Bayview area." No arrests have been made.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle Date: November 25, 2003
Chicago Transit Authority rider shot, wounded on bus (Chicago, IL): A 17-year-old boy was critically wounded while riding a Chicago Transit Authority bus, authorities said. About a dozen passengers were on the bus when the driver pulled to a stop and the shooting occurred. Officials said the shooting was apparently gang-related.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: November 25, 2003
Anti-gang bill draws critics (California): An anti-gang bill that would make it easier to prosecute teenagers as adults is drawing criticism from juvenile justice groups. More than 60 child advocate groups nationwide are opposing a provision that allows prosecutors to decide whether 16- and 17-year-olds charged with serious violent crimes should be tried as adults. The National Association of Police Organizations and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department have thrown strong support behind the bill. Also, the Gang Prevention and Effective Deterrence Act of 2003 would direct millions of dollars to local law enforcement agencies to fight gang violence, particularly in places like Los Angeles County. The bill, which provides $650 million over the next five years for law enforcement's anti-gang efforts, would allow the agency to reinstate a program for at-risk youths. Currently, in order to move a juvenile case to federal court, a teen must be charged with a felony crime of violence or a series of serious drug charges, and the prosecutor must show a substantial federal interest in the case. Under the bill, a juvenile could be transferred from state to federal court for any crime, as long as the prosecutor can show evidence of strong federal interest. In addition to the juvenile provisions, the bill makes gang recruitment a federal offense punishable by up to 10 years in jail; makes three or more people working together to commit violent crime a federal criminal offense, with sentences of up to 30 years for some gang crimes; increases penalties from five to 10 years for using interstate commerce to promote illegal activity; and imposes a sentence of up to life in prison for obstruction of justice in state proceedings.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: November 24, 2003
Burst of gunfire kills one at party on Mission Bay (San Diego, CA): A 35-year-old man was fatally shot in what appeared to have been a gang-related incident, police said. The gunfire broke out at a party in a banquet room at Marina Village on Mission Bay. A woman was also shot, but her wound was not considered life-threatening. No arrests had been made. Officers questioned several guests, but no one has been able to give a description of the shooter, an officer said.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: November 24, 2003
Second Carlsbad shooting in a week kills woman (Carlsbad, NM): One woman was killed and two others were injured in the second fatal shooting in a week. The 37-year-old woman was pronounced dead at a local hospital following the shooting, and the two men who were injured were treated and released. Investigators believe the incident may have been gang-related but are not releasing any details about the shooting. In a previous shooting, a 36-year-old man was killed by police after leading them on a high-speed chase. Two officers remain hospitalized after that incident.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: November 24, 2003
Police say attack may have been gang-related (Carrollton, TX): Two men were injured in a shooting that led to a standoff with police. Witnesses said they were returning to their home when a large group of people began throwing bottles at them, gunfire began, and two men, ages 19 and 23, were shot. An 18-year-old suspect ran into a nearby house, where the standoff with police occurred. He was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Both victims have been released from the hospital. Officials say the shootings appear to be gang-related. Investigation is ongoing.
Source: The Dallas Morning News Date: November 24, 2003
Asian Eagles ganging up (New York, NY): Teens calling themselves "A-E" for American Eagles or Asian Empire are marking a resurgence of organized Chinese street gangs. "This is the first new Asian gang we've seen since all the heads of the Flying Dragons and Ghost Shadows went to jail," said one law enforcement source. Currently, the teens are involved mostly in gang assaults, but they seem to be getting more organized. The gang is comprised of about 50 teenagers, a blending of young immigrants from China's Fujian province and American-born Chinese. So far they have largely targeted black and Hispanic teens who trespass on their turf. "There have not been an alarming number of incidents involving them," the commanding officer of the NYPD's gang division said. "We have enough resources to track them and effectively deal with them." The NYPD, however, is forming an Asian-crime task force to deal with the gang and an increase of criminal activity in the immigrant Chinese community.
Source: Daily News Date: November 24, 2003
Life term imposed for gang shooting (Hayward, CA): An alleged gang member was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for shooting into the home of a rival, in a crime that prosecutors contended caused the instantaneous retaliatory killing of a female companion. The 24-year-old man was charged with the slaying of a 23-year-old woman under the provocative-act murder theory. The woman gave the man a ride to a rival's home and was shot by an unknown assailant after the man opened fire on the home. A jury had already convicted the man of shooting into an inhabited dwelling and being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, but jurors deadlocked on the question of whether the gunfire provoked the return gunfire that killed the woman. The life sentence was imposed as a result of a finding by the jury that the man committed the two felonies in question for the benefit of, or in association with, a criminal street gang. Prosecutors alleged that the man was a member of DGF, a Norteo gang. Without the gang enhancement, the crime of shooting into an inhabited dwelling carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.
Source: The Daily Review Date: November 22, 2003
DC, Northern Virginia FBI squad to target gang wars (Washington, DC): The head of the FBI's Washington field office is creating a new squad of a dozen agents to help police combat a surge in gang violence. One 23-agent squad is already in place. The second squad, in which eight of the 12 agents have already started, will complement the work already being done. In the District, at least six killings in recent months have been attributed to gang-related violence, in which much of the bloodshed is blamed on various wars between groups. The Washington field office covers the District and Northern Virginia.
Source: The Washington Post Date: November 22, 2003
Three ordered to stand trial in drive-by shooting that killed two teens (Los Angeles, CA): After finding sufficient evidence, a judge ruled that three teenage gang members, ages 18, 17, and 16, must stand trial for a drive-by shooting that killed a 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl. The two victims were standing in a crowd of young people when shots were fired from a passing car. All three teenagers were charged with murder.
Source: City News Service Date: November 21, 2003
Teen slain (North Las Vegas, NV): A 13-year-old girl was killed in what appeared to be a drive-by shooting. The girl was walking in her neighborhood when a gunfight started between people in a car and people on a sidewalk. Officers said bullets sprayed an eight-house area in the neighborhood known for gang and drug problems. No suspects had been identified.
Source: The Associate Press State & Local Wire Date: November 21, 2003
Azusa homicide (Azusa, CA): A 23-year-old woman was fatally shot in front of the Azusa apartment building where she lived in what authorities said was a possible gang-related attack. Police say the woman was talking to the shooter, a man in his 20s, before the shooting occurred.
Source: City News Service Date: November 20, 2003
Bill would raise sentences on gang crimes (Columbia, SC): With increasing gang problems in South Carolina, at least one lawmaker is making a bid for new legislation that would keep those convicted of gang-related crimes in prison longer. Some people oppose the notion and argue that it would infringe on civil liberties and duplicate existing laws, such as drug laws that call for harsher penalties for possession of crack cocaine compared with powdered cocaine. Supporters of the legislation, including law enforcement officials, said gang-related crime is different because the activity often benefits the group as a whole. The legislation calls for an additional five years in prison for a gang-related felony and an additional year on a misdemeanor. The sentencing guidelines would be at the judge's discretion.
Source: The Myrtle Beach Sun-News Date: November 20, 2003
Drive-by slaying probed (Sacramento, CA): Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that killed a 32-year-old man. The man, a known gang member, was standing outside a home when he was shot from a passing minivan, police said. Police are looking for suspects.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: November 19, 2003
Third shooting suspect arrested (Wood Dale, IL): The third of three men wanted in connection with a shooting in Wood Dale was arrested in Carol Stream, authorities said. The 17-year-old was charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm and mob action. The other two men, ages 20 and 21, were arrested earlier and charged with mob action. The shooting occurred after a fight in a parking lot as people were fleeing the scene. Witnesses told police gang signs ignited a fight between rival street gangs.
Source: Daily Herald Date: November 19, 2003
Three Buffalo men arrested in gunfire incident (Buffalo, NY): Three men, ages 24, 25, and 33, were arrested after they were heard shooting off guns in a residential backyard. They each face four felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of stolen property, and violation of a city ordinance for discharging a firearm in the city. The 33-year-old was also charged with an additional count of criminal possession of a weapon because of a previous robbery conviction. Police report that all three men are involved in gang activity. Officials are looking into reports that several of the bullets allegedly fired by the men entered a nearby house.
Source: The Buffalo News Date: November 19, 2003
Suspect has drug ties (Los Angeles, CA): Police are searching for a 19-year-old man who started a gunfight with Burbank police in a hotel parking lot, killing a 26-year-old officer and seriously wounding a 41-year-old officer. Police believe the suspect may have been using a hotel room as a base for dealing drugs or guns. The man's 25-year-old alleged accomplice was also killed during the incident. Both men were alleged members of a Sun Valley-area street gang.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: November 18, 2003
Two Suffolk men charged in gang-related death (Suffolk, NY): Two suspects, ages 18 and 19, were arrested and charged with second-degree murder for killing a 22-year-old man. Police received a tip linking the 18-year-old suspect, a known gang member, to the July killing. After questioning the suspect, police learned that he and a fellow member of the MS-13 gang lured the victim into a wooded area of Central Islip, beat him, and then stabbed him to death. Police say the suspects lived a short distance from the victim and believed he was a member of a rival gang. Evidence has been recovered from the scene, but officials would not specify what evidence was found.
Source: Newsday Date: November 18, 2003
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