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West Chicago shootout kills one (Chicago, IL) : In West Chicago, a 23-year-old was shot and killed in what officials say was a gang-related shootout. Several others were injured, but it was not clear what condition they were in. Investigation is ongoing.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: May 20, 2003
Pomona homicide (Pomona, CA): In Pomona, California, a 19-year-old man was fatally shot in an apparent gang-related attack, an official said. No other details were available.
Source: City News Service Date: May 20, 2003
Gangs tag symbols on Bonita Elementary Buildings (Bonita Springs, FL): Authorities are investigating gang symbols that were tagged on four Bonita Springs Elementary buildings. An upside-down crown, a symbol of the Latin Kings, and the words "Vatos Locos," Spanish for "Crazy Guys," were spray-painted on several walls. "It certainly appears to be gang-related and we are treating it that way," said an official. He said that part of the investigation is to determine whether it was actual gang members or wannabes.
Source: The News-Press Date: May 20, 2003
Shootings wound man, boy (Salinas, CA): Salinas police are investigating two gang-related shootings that left a 24-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy wounded. Police believe the incident involving the 24-year-old was gang-related based on the actions and statements of the subject. "He was just sitting in the car at that area, and the suspect made a statement and shot him in the face," an officer said. The other shooting occurred when a 15-year-old boy was walking home from a store with a friend. Gang members confronted them and attacked them, police said. The boy suffered a bullet wound to the leg. Police are not sure if the two shootings are linked.
Source: The Salinas Californian Date: May 20, 2003
Police arrest 11 teens for fights (Tulare, CA): Tulare police arrested 11 juveniles after multiple fights broke out at a local restaurant parking lot. The fights started when a car was vandalized in the Tulare Union High School parking lot. The juveniles were arrested on suspicion of carrying baseball bats. Police did not know the cause for the fights or if they were gang-related.
Source: Visalia Times-Delta Date: May 20, 2003
Vermont shooting (Los Angeles, CA): In a possible gang-related attack, three males on bicycles rode up to a group of people in a parking lot, and one bicyclist fired about six shots wounding a 14-year-old girl and a 16-year old boy, police said. Both victims' wounds are non-life-threatening.
Source: City News Service Date: May 19, 2003
Teen shot (Manhattan, NY): Police are investigating a shooting that occurred after a fight broke out on the Upper East Side of Manhattan wounding a 15-year-boy. No arrests have been made, and investigators are seeking links to this incident being gang-related or not.
Source: New York Post Date: May 19, 2003
Police say three teens killed in gang-related shootings (Los Angeles, CA): Three teenagers were fatally shot and two people were wounded in separate shootings in South Los Angeles, according to police. In the first shooting, two gunmen stepped out from separate vehicles, and fired numerous rounds killing a 16 and 17-year-old. The gunmen stepped back into their vehicles and drove away. The second shooting occurred only minutes later. An 18-year-old was fatally shot and two others suffered minor injuries. Police said that both shootings appear to be gang-related, but do not appear to be connected.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: May 19, 2003
A year on the streets with anti-gang force (Syracuse, NY): After declaring war on gang members a year ago, Syracuse Police Department's full-time gang task force filed 10,849 charges against a total of 5,566 different people; some known gang members, some not. The reaction from residents, store owners, and community leaders who live in the gang-ridden neighborhoods have been mixed as to how effective the police department's efforts have been. "You see more police cars, but I don’t feel any safer," said a local citizen. "There’s still trouble. I don’t know what will work here anymore. All I know is it’s going to be a very rough summer." Another citizen said, "Police come down here all the time, and we appreciate that. But things still happen. They’re still dealing drugs around here. We still worry. Most of the time, I don’t even leave at night. Once I’m in the house, I’m in the house. They’re all out their doing their stuff and I don’t want to get caught up in anything. You do what you got to do to survive around here." A major highlight for the task force, the mayor said, was working with federal agents in December to crack a major gun-trafficking ring that was bringing dozens of guns illegally bought in Georgia to Syracuse for distribution to gang members.
Source: The Post-Standard Date: May 19, 2003
Police act to counter gang threat at schools (Columbia, SC): Officials in the Columbia area are bracing for potential gang-related violence in the last few days of the school year. Members of the Bloods gang have said they are going to shoot rival gang (Folk Nation) members to avenge the March slaying of a fellow gang member. Fifty extra Richland County deputies and additional city police officers will patrol Richland Northeast, Spring Valley and Ridge View high schools, and Eau Claire middle and high schools.
Source: The State Date: May 18, 2003
Four dead, five injured in city shootings (Chicago, IL): Three people were killed and five wounded in separate Chicago shootings, authorities said. First, an 18-year-old woman was killed after someone in a vehicle fired at the vehicle she was in. She was in a car with three others when shots were fired after they unintentionally cut off another vehicle. The three others (20 and 21 year-old men and a 16-year-old girl), wounds were not life-threatening. In a second incident, a 32-year-old man was fatally shot and two others wounded when an unidentified man opened fire after an argument, police said. The two others, 29 and 25-year-olds, were in critical and fair condition, respectively. Lastly, a possible gang-related shooting killed a 19-year-old male as he was standing with his wife near his vehicle. A man approached him by foot, pulled out a gun, and fired several times, police said. No arrests have been reported nor have any suspects been named.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: May 18, 2003
Man slain in shooting (Chicago, IL): A man, in his 20s, was killed during a possible gang-related shooting in Chicago's West Side, police said. No suspects have been arrested.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: May 18, 2003
Shootings across city leave two dead, three hurt (Denver, CO): A series of shootings in Denver left two people dead and three injured, according to reports. The first two shootings took place at two different parties that were about three miles apart. At the first party, a male was fatally shot, and his sister was wounded, and at the second party, two males were fatally shot. A suspect was arrested in the first shooting, but police did not name a suspect for the second. In the third shooting, a pedestrian was wounded when someone in a passing vehicle opened fire. The victim's condition was not known, and police have no suspects.
Source: The Denver Post Date: May 18, 2003
Drive-by shooting (Charleston, SC): A 19-year-old was wounded in a drive-by shooting south of Harmon Park, police said. Someone drove past the pedestrian and fired an undetermined number of shots at him. The victim was treated for non-life-threatening wounds. Police had no witnesses.
Source: The Post and Courier Date: May 18, 2003
After drive-bys, police urge residents to help with crackdown (Watertown, WI): Authorities in Watertown, Wisconsin, are seeking help from residents to help crack down on the recent rise in youth gang activity. On May 4, three members of a Whitewater gang called the "3 Ps" allegedly shot at homes occupied by rival gang members, the Surenos. No one was injured in the shootings, which have led to the arrests of two men and a male minor. While police officials say the area remains a safe community, they want residents to be aware of gang presence by watching for and reporting signs of gang activity.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: May 17, 2003
One man killed, four hurt in shooting on L.A. Street (Los Angeles, CA): In South Los Angeles, one man was killed and four others were wounded when a group of assailants walked up to them and opened fire. Three victims were treated and released while one remained hospitalized. The suspects were seen leaving the scene in a car. No arrests have been made.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: May 17, 2003
Drive-by shooting leaves three hurt (Durham, NC): Police are seeking two suspects in connection to a drive-by shooting that injured two men, ages 23 and 28, and a 25-year-old woman. The victims were not the intended targets of the shooters, police said.
Source: News Observer Date: May 17, 2003
Montgomery fugitive captured in I-65 chase (Montgomery, AL): Police caught a murder suspect following a chase and crash along Interstate 65. The suspect, 23-year-old, was wanted for charges of capital murder in a drive-by shooting earlier this month at a store. A second 25-year-old suspect surrendered earlier.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: May 17, 2003
Shooting wounds valley teenager (Pacoima, CA): Police are looking for two suspects who wounded a 16-year-old boy during a drive-by shooting outside a Pacoima residence. The boy is expected to live, police said.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: May 17, 2003
Teen wounded in drive-by shooting (North Hills, CA): A 17-year-old boy was wounded in a drive-by shooting as he sat on a bus bench with a friend in North Hills, police said. According to police, a car with two occupants drove by the victim and his friend, and one of the suspects started shooting. The boy's leg wound was not life-threatening.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: May 16, 2003
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