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Teen held in fatal shooting (Phoenix, AZ): A 14-year-old boy was charged with fatally shooting a 22-year-old male and wounding a 16-year-old boy during a drive-by attack near downtown Phoenix, police said. The suspect was apparently taking part in gang initiation rites. The two victims were playing basketball when a car drove by and opened fire. The 14-year-old was in the car with a 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man. The 16-year-old driver was being held in connection with the attack. The 18-year-old passenger was jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder, aggravated assault, and drive-by shooting.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: November 17, 2003
Reputed gang member charged in slaying of Paterson woman (Paterson, NJ): A reputed, high-ranking member of the Bloods gang has been charged with the shooting death of a woman. The 23-year-old suspect allegedly shot a woman several times a few houses from where she lived. Officials believe the killing is gang-related. The suspect was charged with murder, weapons possession, burglary, criminal restraint, and failure to render aid.
Source: The Record Date: November 17, 2003
Anaheim man killed in fight (Anaheim, CA): A 21-year-old Anaheim man was killed during a fight that police said appeared to be gang-related. The man was found at the Lincoln Palms Motel after police received calls of a fight and then another of "shots fired." Police suspect that at least one other person was also shot during the altercation.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: November 17, 2003
Officials swap ideas on combating gangs (Washington, DC): Officials and community leaders from Prince George's and Montgomery counties and the District met to discuss strategies for combating what police say is a steady rise in gang activity across the region. It was the first of a series of meetings to swap ideas and develop a more coordinated response to gang violence. Currently, area police have a database to share intelligence on local gangs, but an official said he would like to see more joint enforcement and intervention efforts "on the street." In recent months, three men described by police as members of the Salvadoran gang MS-13 were sentenced to prison for the killing of a 19-year-old girl. In Prince George's, two suspected MS-13 members are awaiting trials in the beating and shooting of a 16-year-old freshman just outside High Point High School in Beltsville. And most recently, a disagreement between two neighborhood gangs escalated into a brawl involving at least 15 students in the cafeteria of Ballou Senior High School in DC.
Source: The Washington Post Date: November 16, 2003
Teen charged in death of boy (Pittsburg, CA): Police arrested two men, ages 17 and 22, for the drive-by shooting death of a teen in Pittsburg. The victim, age 14, was shot as the two suspects were traveling in a pickup truck. The 17-year-old suspect was charged as an adult with murder. The 22-year-old, who was driving the truck, is also being charged with murder.
Source: Contra Costa Times Date: November 15, 2003
Boy is shot while eating at sidewalk table (Los Angeles, CA): A 17-year-old boy was shot in an apparent drive-by shooting as he was eating at a sidewalk restaurant table with friends in Lincoln Heights. The assailants drove past and fired three shots, one of which grazed the boy, police said. He was treated, but the wound was not serious. Police said it was not clear whether the boy had been targeted.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: November 15, 2003
Woman attacked by gang members (Port St. Lucie, FL): Residents were terrorized in their Port St. Lucie home by members of the South 13th Street gang. After breaking into the house, a man forced his way into the bathroom where a woman and two toddlers were hiding and struck the woman with a bat. Police have no motive or suspects.
Source: The Palm Beach Post Date: November 14, 2003
Alleged gang leader is found shot dead (Paterson, NJ): A suspected five-star general in the Bloods street gang died from multiple gunshots to the head. Residents of the area reported hearing gunshots but did not know who drove the vehicle in which the victim was found. Detectives are attempting to establish a motive and determine what the victim was doing in the Westside neighborhood. There are seven Bloods factions in the city, but police would not comment on which one the victim was associated with.
Source: The Record Date: November 12, 2003
Man fatally shot near apartments (Tulsa, OK): Police are investigating a possible gang-related incident in which a man in his mid-20s was fatally shot in the courtyard of a Tulsa apartment complex. Witnesses provided police with details of the suspect. This was the 57th homicide investigated by Tulsa police this year, and at least six of them were gang-related.
Source: Tulsa World Date: November 12, 2003
Man shot to death in Creighton Court (Richmod, VA): One person was killed, and two others were wounded in an apparent drive-by shooting in Richmond's Creighton Court public-housing complex. It was the 84th homicide in Richmond this year, compared with 61 on the same date in 2002. Police have a description of the vehicle used in the shooting, and investigation is continuing.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch Date: November 12, 2003
Man arrested on drug charge (Spokane, WA): A 23-year-old man with suspected ties to a Los Angeles street gang has been arrested in Spokane by agents assigned to a Drug Enforcement Administration task force. The man was arrested on a charge of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, officials said. At the time of the arrest, agents seized 4.5 ounces of crack cocaine and a loaded 9 mm semiautomatic handgun, an agent said. "Our information is that he's a gang member from Los Angeles," he said. The man was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.
Source: The Spokesman-Review Date: November 12, 2003
Police lack leads to who shot teenager (Anchorage, AK): In Anchorage, detectives are investigating a possible gang-related slaying of a 16-year-old girl. The girl was sitting in a car with two others, ages 14 and 18, when she was shot. Neither of the two survivors could provide a good description of who shot at them, but based on the information police gathered at the scene, officials believe the shooting may be gang-related.
Source: Anchorage Daily News Date: November 11, 2003
Double shooting (Los Angeles, CA): Three teenage boys were shot in a gang-related incident in Watts, police said. The three victims, in their late teens, were walking on a sidewalk when two male suspects approached them on foot and fired several rounds, striking all three. No arrests have been made.
Source: City News Service Date: November 11, 2003
Three arrested in teen's slaying released (Richmond, CA): Police released three men, ages 19, 21, and 22, who were arrested on suspicion of killing a 15-year-old student. They were released after the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office would not prosecute for lack of evidence. The victim was killed during a shooting in which 14 bullets blasted through her family's home. Detectives say the killing was gang-related, and the girl's brother was the target. Two other men, ages 19 and 24, have already been charged with murder. Detectives say all five suspects are members of an Asian-American street gang feuding with a rival gang to which one or more of the girl's brothers belong.
Source: Contra Costa Times Date: November 11, 2003
Mayor calls Portland leaders to talks on rising gang violence (Portland, OR): Portland officials are evaluating the possibility of implementing a gang model promoted by the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Youth Gang Center. Twice a month the mayor, police, probation and parole officers, youth gang outreach workers, city crime-prevention specialists, youth employment providers, and housing officials gather to discuss the latest on crime in the city and gang-related violence or graffiti in their districts. With an increase in shootings and 9-1-1 calls, officials are determined to get ideas on the table to reduce crime. Portland was one of four cities this fall that received federal training on a national model for combating gang violence. The Comprehensive Gang Model identifies the most violent gangs and areas where gang crime most often occurs and sets clear goals on how they plan to target the problem with a combination of enforcement, intervention, and prevention strategies.
Source: The Oregonian Date: November 11, 2003
Getaway driver in shooting gets jail (Salt Lake City, UT): The getaway driver for a 16-year-old boy who fired a gun into a crowd at Murray's Fun Dome was sentenced to one year in jail. The shooting, which sent four people to the hospital, was the result of a Laotian gang fighting with Hispanic young men. The girl, who denied being a gang member, said that she had no idea her friend was going to fire shots, but the prosecutor argued that she knew she was associating with Laotian gang members who had a reputation for carrying and using guns. She pleaded guilty to second-degree felony obstruction of justice and three counts of third-degree felony discharge of a firearm from a vehicle and was facing a potential prison term of up to 30 years. She received a break because she cooperated with police in their case against the 16-year-old shooter, who has pleaded guilty to attempted murder and aggravated assault in adult court and is to be sentenced next month. The judge also ordered the girl to complete 150 hours of community service and pay her share of at least $21,161 in medical expenses incurred thus far by a 4-year-old boy, who was injured during the shooting and may require additional medical care.
Source: Deseret News Date: November 11, 2003
Gang dispute sparks brawl at District's Ballou High (Washington, DC): A dispute between neighborhood crews set off a brawl involving at least 15 students in the cafeteria of Ballou Senior High School, DC school officials and police said. The fistfight followed two recent shootings just outside school buildings in DC, including one that took place near Anacostia Senior High School and one outside Ballou, in which no one was hurt. Although no one was badly injured and no weapons were used in the most recent fight, school officials said it was the most serious gang-related incident to occur inside a DC school building this year. Several students involved were suspended, but no arrests were made. According to police, a 16-year-old student jumped a 17-year-old student, and then 15 to 20 other students joined the fight.
Source: The Washington Post Date: November 11, 2003
Bail $500,000 in man's case (Vancouver, WA): A 24-year-old, self-described gang member is suspected of shooting a 23-year-old man at a Rosemere residence in west Vancouver. According to court documents, during an interview with a corrections officer, the suspect said he belonged to a gang and the shooting was gang-related. He admitted to using alcohol, methamphetamine, and marijuana and said he was high when he shot the other man.
Source: The Columbian Date: November 11, 2003
Silver City man killed in drive-by shooting (Silver City, NM): One man was killed, and another man was arrested in what police say was a drive-by shooting. The 19-year-old suspect surrendered to police after telling them that the 23-year-old victim pointed a gun at him and his twin brother. Witnesses say the victim was riding in a truck in front of a car, and shots were fired when they pulled into the middle of an intersection. The suspect and victim are believed to be members of rival gangs.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: November 10, 2003
Poor records hide gang crime (Denver, CO): Official records kept by Denver police said gang members committed 89 crimes out of the city's total of 59,581 crimes last year. That equates to 17,000 gang members committing 89 crimes. Although the records suggest gangs have vanished since 1993's "Summer of Violence," members of the department's gang unit say the city's gangs are actually thriving. The record-keeping problems are caused by a system that does not require officers and investigators to go back and flag crimes they later learn are related to gangs. As a result, the department cannot define the city's gang problem with any certainty. The problem has created obstacles for the department's gang crimes unit, including the potential loss of federal support. For the last five years, an average of 50.4 murders were committed in Denver each year. The official record shows only an average of two of them were committed by gangsters. The official record blames one murder this year on gang members. Officers in the unit can recall at least six.
Source: The Denver Post Date: November 9, 2003
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