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Feds probe threats on Vice Lords witnesses (Knoxville, TN): Federal authorities are investigating death threats made against two Imperial Insane Vice Lords members who testified against fellow gang members. The letter was sent to the Knox County Sheriff's Detention Facility where the two members are being held. The letter contained threats that had already been heard throughout the jail. Officials are taking the threat very seriously. The two men are among 20 Vice Lords who agreed to testify against that gang's leader and another gang member involved in a federal cocaine conspiracy trial. It is unclear why the two men were singled out for death threats. The Vice Lords organization is the first Knoxville street gang to be indicted as a group. They are also the first to face allegations that the gang itself was a drug-trafficking network. The Imperial Insane Vice Lords are one of the many branches of the Chicago-based organization that exist in the country.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel Date: January 23, 2004
City man killed in drive-by shooting (Birmingham, AL): A 20-year-old Birmingham man was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting, police said. Investigators said no arrests had been made, and a motive had not been determined. Neighborhood residents and a family member said the shooting may have stemmed from an ongoing feud between two groups of young men.
Source: The Birmingham News Date: January 22, 2004
Alpharetta moves to reinstate city curfew (Alpharetta, GA): The city of Alpharetta has moved to reinstate a youth curfew after a recent spike in gang activity. For years, police relied on the Fulton County curfew ordinance to send children 17 years old and younger into their homes by 11 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays, and by midnight on weekends. Police recently realized the ordinance had been amended to make it valid only in unincorporated areas of the county. Police say that although there has not been a significant increase in gang-related crime, they have seen a marked increase in gang-related graffiti closing in toward the city from the east. They believe it signals that at least one Hispanic gang that had not previously operated in the area has moved in.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Date: January 22, 2004
Indictment charges teens in sex attacks (Bergen County, NJ): Three Hackensack teens were indicted on charges that they forced three 14-year-old girls to have sex in a gang initiation. The 49-count indictment says that two 19-year-olds and a 17-year-old coerced the middle school girls into having sex several times in March 2003. Authorities learned of the alleged incidents in May when they arrested one of the 19-year-old men for an unrelated robbery in Hackensack. He was charged with aggravated sexual assault, child endangerment, possession and creation of child pornography, and initiation into a criminal street gang. Authorities later charged the other two with the same offenses. All three face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of aggravated sexual assault, the most serious count.
Source: The Record Date: January 22, 2004
41 arrested in police sweep through Nickerson Gardens (Los Angeles, CA): Over 400 Los Angeles police officers and FBI agents raided Nickerson Gardens to target leaders of a Bloods gang called the Bounty Hunters. Officials arrested 41 alleged members during the year-long investigation which focused on cracking down on gangs, guns, violence, and drug dealing. Police arrested 13 men accused in federal indictments of conspiring to sell and distribute crack cocaine after allegedly selling the drugs to a federal informant over the last six months. Officials are searching for two more men. If convicted of the charges, they face 10 to 30 years in prison. An additional 26 adults and two juveniles were arrested on suspicion of state narcotics violations or outstanding warrants. The Los Angeles police chief said the Watts-area arrests were part of a larger strategy this year by the department to target the 3 percent to 10 percent of the region's 100,000 gang members who are violent sociopaths.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: January 22, 2004
Gang gunrunner sentenced to maximum 15 years (Chicago, IL): An admitted 31-year-old member of the Vice Lords street gang who used the proceeds of crack cocaine sales to buy dozens of guns cheap in rural Mississippi and then sold them at inflated prices on the streets of Chicago was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. Another Chicago gang member pleaded guilty to working with the man and was sentenced to four years in prison. In addition, another alleged gang member and the gun shop operator were convicted and sentenced to five years each.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: January 21, 2004
Police probe suspected gang killings (Tulsa, OK): Police are investigating to see if the city's most recent homicide is linked to an outbreak of gang killings. Police found a man inside his car, with a gunshot wound to his head, a loaded handgun in his lap, and four spent shell casings inside the car. "It appears as though he was trying to chamber a round in the gun when he was shot," an officer said. Officials say there is a strong possibility that the homicide could be related to two other recent cases in which two men, ages 21 and 32, were both killed. No one has been arrested in any of the slayings. Police are also investigating whether the killings might be related to older gang-related homicides.
Source: Tulsa World Date: January 21, 2004
Gang clash sparked subway shooting (Manhattan, NY): A shooting between members of two rival Mexican gangs on a Manhattan subway train left a 35-year-old man dead. The incident began as two men boarded the train, taking seats near two other men. One of the men allegedly got up and approached another man with a gun. A shot was fired, killing the 35-year-old. Police arrested two men, ages 17 and 22, as the train pulled into Union Square. The 22-year-old was charged with murder and weapons possession.
Source: New York Post Date: January 21, 2004
Man convicted of drug dealing (New City, NY): A 28-year-old man faces at least 15 years to life in prison and a maximum of 25 years to life for selling cocaine to other wholesale sellers and street dealers. The man is the 39th person convicted of various drug-related charges resulting from an investigation by the Rockland Narcotics Task Force. According to a prosecutor, another Latin Kings member, age 23, was sentenced to seven years in prison for distributing large amounts of cocaine and ketamine when he pleaded guilty to fourth-degree conspiracy and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The 28-year-old was reported to have helped the 23-year-old sell cocaine, which was later sold to an undercover task force officer.
Source: The Journal News Date: January 21, 2004
Teenage boy killed, two wounded in shooting (Los Angeles, CA): A 17-year-old boy was killed during an apparent gang-related shooting, Los Angeles police detectives said. The victim and two other boys were shot multiple times by a passenger in a car as they walked down a street. The other two boys suffered non-life-threatening wounds.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: January 21, 2004
String of shootings puzzles police (Salinas, CA): Police continue to investigate a series of 12 shootings in Salinas that left five dead in just under three weeks. An officer said that at least three of the shootings were gang-related. In the most recent shooting, a 28-year-old man was standing outside a restaurant with two others when a gunman asked what gang affiliation they claimed. The victims replied they were not involved in gangs but were shot anyway. The 28-year-old was shot and killed. The two other victims suffered injuries but were expected to live. In another incident, a 31-year-old man was found dead on a sidewalk after a confrontation with two men. The suspects asked the victim and his friend if they were in a gang. One of them shot and killed the 31-year-old. A 16-year-old boy was also killed when he tried to help out another teen in a fight which involved three people. Two other boys involved in the fight were arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, and participating in a criminal street gang.
Source: Monterey County Herald Date: January 21, 2004
Tyler-area man accused of contract killing (Tyler, TX): Police charged a 25-year-old man with the gang-related, contract killing of a Smith County man. Authorities believe he is also responsible for two other recent East Texas slayings, including a second murder-for-hire in Longview. The suspect was arrested on a traffic violation in Missouri, and officials there learned that he was wanted for a firearms violation in Tyler. County, state, and federal officials in Tyler had already identified the man as a suspect in one of the killings. A team of local and federal investigators sent to Missouri developed information linking the suspect to all three killings. The suspect's 19-year-old girlfriend has also been charged with murder in connection with one of the slayings. Officials believe that two of the murders were gang-related executions contracted by the same person, who remains at large. The suspect received drugs and money for carrying out the killings, which were aimed at silencing potential witnesses in crimes involving members of a Tyler-area drug gang. Authorities are trying to determine whether the suspect and others connected with the three slayings may be tied to other area homicides.
Source: The Dallas Morning News Date: January 21, 2004
Four men associated with Lawrence street gangs charged with drug and gun offenses (Boston, MA): Four men, ages 23, 27, 28, and 36, were arrested on federal drug and gun charges. The 27-year-old man was identified as the leader of the Dome Dwellers street gang. According to affidavits filed in support of the complaints, the arrests are the result of a six-month, multiagency investigation of the Dome Dwellers, a street gang involved in drug trafficking in and around the area of the Essex Street Projects in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Convictions on the drug charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 to 40 years in prison depending on the quantity of drugs sold and the defendant's prior record. The felon in possession of a firearm charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. The government will also be seeking forfeiture of any monetary proceeds and/or property it deems as derived from the defendants' criminal activities.
Source: PR Newswire Date: January 20, 2004
Boy shot after arguing by mini-mart (Fresno, CA): A 17-year-old boy was shot and seriously injured outside a southeast Fresno mini-mart, police said. A friend of the youth said the victim was outside the minimart with his brother and some friends when two men got out of an automobile and fired two shots, striking the teenager. According to officials, the youth and gunman were arguing outside the minimart prior to the shooting. The suspects have not been arrested.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: January 20, 2004
Shooting kills man (Brooklyn, NY): Police are investigating a drug-gang shooting that left two men dead and four injured. According to police, two groups of drug dealers, totaling at least eight people, met at an abandoned building to discuss a dispute over territory or money. The men were using drugs when two more men entered a back door, police said. There was a scuffle with the newcomers, and someone fired a gun. The two men who were killed, ages 23 and 25, appeared to be on opposing sides, police said. A wounded 18-year-old man was arrested and charged with weapons possession.
Source: New York Post Date: January 19, 2004
Two men suffer gunshot wounds after gang-related melee at Burbank bar (Burbank, CA): Two people were shot, and seven people were arrested after rival gang members began fighting during hip-hop night at a country-western bar. According to police reports, about 30 rounds of ammunition were found outside the bar, and an undisclosed amount of cash and alcohol was also taken from the bar. Rival gang members from the Pacoima area in Los Angeles were blamed for the mayhem, police said.
Source: Monterey County Herald Date: January 19, 2004
Man who ran into store to flee shooters is shot to death (Tulsa, OK): A young man who ran into a convenience store to flee his killers was shot to death. The store owner said the victim, who was a regular customer and known gang member, appeared to be trying to escape the shooters. The suspects, described as black males in their 20s, followed him into the store and shot him several times in the head. Police found the store owner, unhurt, hiding in the storeroom. Investigators believe the shooting was connected to gang activity, but suspects have not been identified.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: January 18, 2004
Teenage shooting victim is jailed (Augusta, GA): An 18-year-old victim of an alleged drive-by shooting was jailed after authorities found that he and others were involved in suspected gang activity and that he was shot by a member of his own gang, officials said. The man was charged with aggravated assault and three felony weapons charges. Four others were also arrested and charged in an incident that police say might be a result of fighting between two rival gangs, Southern Killa Boys and Fairington Gangsta Thugs.
Source: The Augusta Chronicle Date: January 17, 2004
Teens facing adult trial (Durham, NC): Two teenagers charged in a shooting incident will likely be tried as adults and could face punishment as lenient as probation or as strict as nearly four years in jail. The teens, who officials say are in rival gangs and are both nearing age 16, were arguing on a city bus about gang-related issues. As one teen exited, he fired shots back into the bus. The other teen inside the bus attempted to return fire, but his gun jammed. The teen who opened fire first is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and shooting into an occupied vehicle. The second teen is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and going armed to the terror of the public.
Source: The News & Observer Date: January 17, 2004
Alvarez student dies in shooting (Salinas, CA): A 16-year-old Everett Alvarez High School student died after being shot during a fistfight. The victim was standing near a street corner when two boys saw him and began fighting with him, police said. One suspect pulled out a gun and shot him. Two teenagers, suspected of starting the fight, were arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, and participating in a criminal street gang. They were taken to juvenile hall. A third boy, who police believe is the shooter, has not yet been identified.
Source: Monterey County Herald Date: January 17, 2004
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