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Police: Handgun found on body of student killed at school (New Orleans, LA): A 15-year-old boy was shot to death and three others wounded as assailants armed with an AK-47 rifle and a handgun opened fire in the gymnasium of John McDonogh High School. Five suspects, ranging in age from 17 to 19, were arrested on three warrants for first-degree murder. A handgun was found on the body of the slain 15-year-old. Police said the shootings were retaliation, but not gang-related.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: April 15, 2003

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Birmingham man dies a week after beaten by teens (Birmingham, AL): A 41-year-old male died in what his family claims was a gang-related incident. Police have not confirmed the allegations from the family yet, but did say the victim was assaulted by a group of juveniles after a verbal altercation with them. No arrests have been made.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: April 15, 2003

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Asian gangs a scourge (Utah): A recent flurry of Asian gang-related activity has caused police to reassess their approach in thwarting future incidents involving the Tiny Oriental Posse (TOP) and Original Laotian Gangsters (OLG). The most recent violence occurred when members of OLG were shot at by two members of TOP, according to West Valley City police. A detective from the police gang unit says the violent nature of the decade-old feud between OLG and TOP is a major concern because battles between gang members occur in public places such as malls, major roadways, or the Utah Fun Dome in Murray.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: April 15, 2003

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Anti-gang efforts can pay off (Portland, OR): Portland, Oregon, officials fear a possible resurgence of violence related to guns, drugs, and gangs. A recent string of shootings and the release of gang leaders from prison have local authorities concerned. Officals have met to discuss preventive measures to reduce gang activity during the summer.
Source: The Oregonian    Date: April 15, 2003

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Shooting leaves two dead, two wounded (Pico Rivera, CA): Two men died and two others were wounded after a suspected gang member opened fire outside a local convenience store, police said. Police reported that the shooting took place after a confrontation between six suspected gang members and the four victims. The shooter and other suspects remain at large.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: April 14, 2003

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Police seeking gunman after Magna home hit (Magna, UT): Police are seeking a man they believe is responsible for a possible gang-related drive-by shooting. Several bullets hit a house, but the intended victim was not at home at the time of the shooting. No one was injured and police have recovered the car they believe was used in the shooting.
Source: Deseret News    Date: April 14, 2003

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One killed, three injured in Mecklenburg County shooting (Charlotte, NC): A possible gang-related shooting at Copperhead Island Park left one man dead, two seriously wounded, and a fourth with minor injuries incurred trying to get away from the scene. Police are looking for possible suspects, but declined to say how many.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: April 14, 2003

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Officers investigate drive-by shooting (Spokane, WA): Spokane County Sheriff's deputies and the Spokane Police are investigating an apparent drive-by shooting. According to neighbors, the intended victim was standing in his front yard when a car pulled up, an occupant asked him a question, and then fired a shot. The bullet missed the man, but struck the house. No arrests have been made, and no other information was available. The investigation continues.
Source: The Spokesman-Review    Date: April 14, 2003

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Los Angeles murder suspect captured near Las Vegas (Henderson, NV): A 24-year-old man, who is a Schoolyard Crips gang member, allegedly shot and killed a 13-year-old boy in a drive-by shooting outside a Los Angeles church last month (March 23, 2003). The boy was killed while leaving church with a group of young people. The suspect was captured in Henderson, Nevada, on April 12, 2003. Police are still searching for a second 25-year-old suspect.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: April 13, 2003

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Teen wounded in drive-by shooting (Memorial, CA): An 18-year-old male was wounded when someone drove by, yelled a gang name, and then opened fire at the van in which the victim was sitting. Local hospital staff said the wounds were not life-threatening. No other information was released.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: April 12, 2003

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Teen-ager stabbed in gang fight (City Heights, CA): Police arrested a 20-year-old male after an alleged gang-related stabbing in the City Heights area in San Diego. Another suspect escaped. The victim, a 17-year-old male, suffered critical stab wounds. Police are trying to identify the gangs to which the individuals involved belonged.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune     Date: April 12, 2003

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Authorities want information about drive-by shooting (Lake Nebagamon, MN): The Douglas County Sheriff's Department is seeking information about a drive-by shooting that occurred north of Lake Nebagamon. Two children, ages 10 and 7, were shot at when someone in a passing truck opened fire. According to reports, no one was injured, and two suspects are being sought. The passenger, also believed to be the shooter, is in his early 20s.
Source: Duluth News Tribune    Date: April 11, 2003

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Two arrested after police chase ( Wilmington, NC): Two men, 25 and 24 years of age, led local police on a car chase after an attempted drive-by shooting. Police were patrolling a neighborhood when they heard shots from a nearby car; the chase ended when the two men jumped out of their car, and were caught in a wooded swamp. Charges against the men were possession of a firearm by a felon, firing a weapon in city limits, and hinder and delay. There were no injuries reported.
Source: Morning Star    Date: April 11, 2003

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Maywood man found shot to death in car (Maywood, IL) : A 25-year-old male gang member died from what Maywood police say could be a gang-related shooting. The man was found in his car with gunshot wounds and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Police have no suspects in custody.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: April 10, 2003

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Man shot to death in Porterville (Porterville, CA): Porterville police are investigating a shooting in which a 25-year-old male, who may have been a gang member, was killed. The victim had the letters "VCP" tattooed on his back, an abbreviation of "Varrio Central Poros," a street gang. According to witnesses, four men were seen in an altercation in front of an auto-repair shop around the time of the shooting. No suspects have been arrested.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: April 10, 2003

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Somerville split on plan to ban gang gatherings (Somerville, MA): Debate surrounds a city of Somerville, Massachusetts, proposed loitering ban that would bar known gang members from congregating in certain parts of the city. Some residents feel that violence has risen to a point where the ban is necessary to ensure safety for them and their kids. Other residents believe that the proposal discriminates against the Latino population.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: April 10, 2003

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Shooters kill two men in Van Nuys, North Hollywood (San Fernando Valley, CA): Los Angeles Police Departement are investigating two separate shootings that left two men dead. In the first incident, a 28-year-old man was shot to death while walking with a friend on a street in North Hollywood. Although the shooting occurred in a gang area, police cannot say that it is a gang crime. In the second incident which occurred only 90 minutes later in Van Nuys, a 36-year-old man was found dead in a gutter after being shot multiple times, police said. Police have not yet determined whether the second shooting was gang-related.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: April 9, 2003

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Off the bus, thugs (Durham, NC): A possible gang-related shooting occurred on a Durham Area Transit Authority (DATA) bus on April 5th, police reported. The DATA bus driver told officials that when the bus stopped, someone reached in through a window and fired seven rounds. This shooting was the second involving city buses in a little over a week. No one was reported injured and police have not received any more information on the incident.
Source: The Herald-Sun     Date: April 9, 2003

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Essex DA has eyes on gangs (Lynn, MA): In Lynn, Massachussetts, the District Attorney has teamed up with the Lynn Police Department's anti-gang unit to combat gang recruitment, gang violence, and drug dealing. In addition to the police department, other organizations such as Lynn area schools and the Greater Lynn YMCA, have pitched in to help the unified goal of keeping youths out of gangs.
Source: The Daily Item    Date: April 9, 2003

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Anti-gang officers arrest suspect only minutes after fatal shooting (Los Angeles, CA): In South Los Angeles, a 35-year-old male was arrested by anti-gang officers minutes after he allegedly fatally shot a 21-year-old male. Police were in the vicinity when they heard two shots. They chased the man until he eventually surrendered in the yard of a nearby home.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: April 8, 2003

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