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Two teens charged in series of shootouts (St. Paul, MN): Two teenagers, ages 15 and 17, were arrested for their alleged involvement in two drive-by shootings attacking the same victim. Police believe the 18-year old male victim was first shot during the day, treated and released from the hospital, and then shot again that night by the suspects in the earlier shooting. A third shooting is being investigated to see if there is any connection with the other two incidents. Police are saying that all incidents may involve rival gangs: the Selby Sides and the Lowertown Gangsters or Lowertown Thugs. The 17-year old was charged with one count of participating in a drive-by shooting and two counts of second-degree assault. The 15-year-old was charged with second-degree rioting and reckless discharge of a firearm.
Source: Pioneer Press Date: April 19, 2003
Man shot to death at mall in Carlsbad (Carlsbad, CA): In Carlsbad's first homicide of the year, a 21-year-old male was fatally shot in an alleged gang-related shooting outside a mall. Three of four suspects have been detained by police, who say that the four were arguing with the victim before the shooting. No credible witnesses were avaliable for questioning.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: April 18, 2003
Pub damaged in drive-by shooting (Southeast, NY): A neighborhood bar in the town of Southeast, New York, was shot at several times in an apparent drive-by shooting, authorities said. Nobody was injured and the investigation is ongoing.
Source: The Journal News Date: April 18, 2003
Two injured in Dorchester shooting (Dorchester, MA): According to police, two men in their early 20s sitting with friends on the porch of a Dorchester residence were critically injured in an apparent drive-by shooting. Police say that there is evidence of an exchange of gunfire, but a motive has not been determined and no arrests have been made.
Source: Boston Herald Date: April 18, 2003
Two shot around Frontier diner (Fort Sumner, NM): Two men, ages 20 and 25, were shot at a local diner when an argument turned into a shooting. Both men were listed in stable condition at a local hospital. Some of the males that were involved in the argument fled the scene in a vehicle. The shift manager of the diner said that the incident was gang-related, but Albuquerque PD's Southeast Impact Team would not confirm that it was. No arrests have been made.
Source: The Albuquerque Tribune Date: April 18, 2003
Man wounded in drive-by shooting (Valencia Park, CA): A 25-year-old man walking down a Valencia Park street with three friends was wounded in a drive-by shooting. Police said, as the victim approached a car, a front seat passenger attempted to shoot him, but his gun apparently jammed. A man in the rear seat then pulled out a gun and fired at least five times. The victim's injuries are not considered life-threatening.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: April 17, 2003
Teen charged (Southwest Florida): An 18-year-old male has been charged with attempted murder in what may be a gang-related shooting on Marco Island, according to Collier County Sheriff's Office reports. The male victim is from Naples.
Source: The News-Press Date: April 17, 2003
People in lake shooting tied to same gang (Charlotte, NC): Police have confirmed that the suspects involved in the shooting at Copperhead Island Park were members or affiliates of the Salvadoran gang Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13). Three of the five suspects have been jailed, while two others are still being sought by police. The age of the suspects range between 20 to 27. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have expressed renewed concern for MS-13 activities, saying they have become increasingly violent. A gang database lists 176 out of 652 suspected gang members or associates as being affiliated with MS-13.
Source: The Charlotte Observer Date: April 17, 2003
Police bolster gang-crime unit (Visalia, CA): An increase in gang activity in Visalia, California has resulted in reassigning officers to a special enforcement unit that deals with gang-related activity. Some local business owners are worried that crime will rise in areas where the officers used to patrol and business will decline.
Source: Visalia Times-Delta Date: April 17, 2003
16-year-old boy shot to death waiting for bus in Minneapolis (Minneapolis, MN): A 16-year-old boy waiting for a bus in north Minneapolis was killed in a drive-by shooting. A van pulled up, and the victim exchanged words with several people in the van. The van drove off but returned within minutes, when shots were fired from it. A community patrol worker said the dead boy had been getting into gang-related fights while attending North High School and had changed schools recently to avoid trouble. No arrests have been made, but police say that there are several good leads and that there may be a connection between this incident and another shooting that occurred the previous night.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: April 16, 2003
Middle school student shot on way to class (Delhi, CA): In what police believe was a gang-related attack, two unidentified males allegedly shot a 13-year-old boy walking to class with a friend. The injuries to the boy were not life-threatening. The shooting took place in a parking lot at the Delhi Education Park after the boy and the two suspects exchanged words.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: April 16, 2003
Two shot (Long Beach, CA): In Long Beach, California, one man was killed and another wounded, when two people inside a vehicle opened fire on them. No arrests have been made, and police are seeking information on the killing.
Source: City News Service Date: April 16, 2003
Gang member shot in head (Torrington, CT): Police are investigating an alleged gang-related attack in which a 27-year-old man was believed to have been shot while sitting in a parked car in his driveway. The suspect, a 26-year-old male, and the victim are both members of local rival gangs. The suspect has been charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, and criminal possession of a firearm. Police have not yet determined the motive of the attack.
Source: The Hartford Courant Date: April 15, 2003
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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