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Gangs' dangerous but dumb act takes top billing in West Side Story (Las Vegas, NV): Twenty-one Rolling 60s Crips members were charged with racketeering after a two-year law enforcement investigation. Police estimate at least 15 unsolved murders are connected to the turf battle between the Rolling 60s and the Gerson Park Kingsmen. Five murders were part of the indictment, which came after a cooperative investigation by the FBI, Metro, and the North Las Vegas Police Department.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: August 20, 2003
Teen bicyclist fatally shot in altercation (Seattle, WA): A 14-year-old boy was shot and killed while riding his bicycle in West Seattle, police said. A man approached the teen and an altercation ensued. At least six shots were fired, hitting the boy three or four times. The gunman fled on foot. Police say the shooting was not believed to be a random attack and are investigating to see if it was gang-related.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: August 19, 2003
Deaths of two men at party investigated (Fontana, CA): Police are investigating the shooting deaths of two men, ages 26 and 29, during a party in Fontana. The shootings are believed to be gang-related, authorities said. No suspects have been identified.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: August 19, 2003
Gang violence on the rise (San Fernando Valley, CA): The Los Angeles Police Department's Metro Squad has deployed officers to the Foothill Division to help quell an increase in gang-related violence across the San Fernando Valley. "There's been what I'd call a heating-up of gang activity," the commander of the Valley Bureau said. "It's probably a combination of hot weather and that gangs do get more active in the summertime. They've got more free time." Two gang-related killings were part of a recent string of nine homicides in eight days. First, a 28-year-old gang member was shot as he rode his bicycle. Police had no suspects or motive. In the second incident, police were able to arrest a gang member for the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: August 19, 2003
Man stabbed at park (Salinas, CA): A 23-year-old man was jumped and stabbed by three male gang members at Closer Park. The victim walked several blocks before calling a family member who transported him to the hospital. Police are considering this to be a gang-related attempted murder.
Source: Monterey County Herald Date: August 19, 2003
Man dies in Fresno drive-by shooting (Fresno, CA): An 18-year-old Asian male was shot and killed in southeast Fresno in what police believe was a gang-related incident. Multiple witnesses have given police details on the shooting, but no arrests have been made. The suspect was last seen fleeing on foot from the scene. Furthermore, a series of apparent Asian gang-related shootings has continued since late December of 2002. A 23-year-old male fired a barrage of bullets outside the Hmong International New Year celebration in December that injured four people. The shooter was sentenced to 49 years in state prison. Also, a 14-year-old boy was fatally shot in January while attending a birthday party at a southeast Fresno apartment complex. A few days later, a 22-year-old man was critically injured when he was shot outside an apartment complex. A second man suffered minor injuries. Lastly, one man was killed and three were injured in a shooting on a Fresno Freeway in early February. Police said earlier that those four shootings appeared related.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: August 19, 2003
Passerby helps nab shooting suspect (Aurora, IL): Aurora Police said help from passersby led to the arrest of a 19-year-old Aurora man in a gang-related shooting that left two teenagers wounded. The suspect, who police said is a gang member, allegedly fired shots at a vehicle stopped in traffic, striking the 16- and 17-year-olds inside.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: August 19, 2003
Cicero police blame gangs in fatal attack (Cicero, IL): A 22-year-old man was killed in an apparent gang-related shooting, police reported. The victim and another man, believed to be gang members, were walking when a van pulled up. One man got out of the van, fired a handgun, and declared his gang affiliation. The man walking with the victim was badly beaten, but refused medical treatment.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: August 19, 2003
Shooting victim healing (Sarasota, FL): A nine-year-old girl suffered a gunshot wound while she was in her bedroom, police said. The bullet punctured the wood and drywall to her room before grazing her head. Her family said that she fell victim to a drive-by shooting aimed at the previous residents of the home.
Source: The Herald-Tribune Date: August 19, 2003
Fort Pierce shooting (Fort Pierce, FL): Two people, ages 25 and 16, were wounded during a drive-by shooting, police said. Neither victims suffered any life-threatening wounds. The vehicle used in the shooting was found, but police have made no arrests.
Source: The Palm Beach Post Date: August 19, 2003
Gang motive cited in shooting (Durham, NC): A Durham man was shot in apparent gang retaliation for an earlier shooting, police said. The victim was wounded when the occupants of two vehicles opened fire. Police believe the shooting was gang-related. In the earlier shooting, a vehicle pulled up and a woman got out to ask two men about a party. At that point, several people in the vehicle opened fire, striking the two men and grazing a woman. No further information was available.
Source: The Herald-Sun Date: August 19, 2003
Gresham police brace for retaliatory violence (Gresham, OR): Two men, ages 19 and 23, were wounded in a possible gang-related shooting, police said. The area where the incident occurred is known as the Pine Street Clique gang territory. At least one of the victims is thought to be a member. According to reports, a car pulled up near the victims, words were exchanged, and at least two shots were fired from the car. One bullet hit an apartment, but no one inside was hurt. Both victims were treated and released from local hospitals. Although the shooting appeared to be gang-related, police say it wasn't necessarily the result of a rivalry between gangs. Members of the same gang sometimes have problems with each other, or the dispute could have been purely personal or just random violence, an officer said.
Source: The Oregonian Date: August 19, 2003
Alleged members of Jackson street gang arrested (Jackson, MS): According to the director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN), fifteen suspected members of a Jackson street gang have been arrested and are accused of running a major drug operation. More arrests are pending as investigation continues for two Jackson professionals and another associated with the criminal justice system. Those arrested as part of the Cohea Street gang face felony charges including drug distribution, kidnapping, aggravated assault, witness tampering, obstruction of justice, and a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Some of the members are accused of beating a man whom they thought had supplied information about them to the MBN.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: August 19, 2003
Teenager dies after being shot in chest (Lawrence, MA) : A 19-year-old male was killed in what police are treating as a gang-related shooting. The victim was hanging out with friends and was shot after approaching a car he recognized. Police have no suspects.
Source: The Boston Globe Date: August 18, 2003
Maryville runaway shot (Maryville, IL): Police are investigating the death of a 12-year-old girl who fled from an emergency youth shelter run by Maryville Academy in July. Police said the girl was standing with friends when someone opened fire from a passing car. The gunfire was intended for someone else but hit the girl. The shooting was most likely gang-related. No arrests have been made.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: August 18, 2003
13-year-old girl killed in shooting (New Orleans, LA): A 13-year-old girl was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting, police said. The girl was sitting on the front porch of a house with a 14-year-old girl and a 19-year old man, when a car drove by and a passenger opened fire, police said. Police are trying to determine suspects and a motive.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: August 18, 2003
Woman killed (Pittsburgh, PA): A 21-year-old Hill District woman was killed in front of her apartment building in what police said may have been a drive-by shooting. City housing authority police, who were investigating another shooting nearby, heard the shots and found the victim. According to witnesses, shots may have come from two cars. The victim was apparently running when she was shot outside the building.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Date: August 18, 2003
Drive-by shooter nicks teenager (Des Moines, IA): A bullet grazed an 18-year-old's head during a drive-by shooting. "I was riding on the passenger side of a car, and this guy in another car pulled out a gun. I went for cover, and the guy shot three times," the boy said. A bullet parted his hair and left some skin missing on top of his head. The bullets also missed the driver of the car. The shooting followed an assault at Silver Cinemas 10 in which the victim's friend was assaulted in the theater parking lot. The 18-year-old said the people who assaulted his friend were the same individuals who shot at him. Other recent shootings in Des Moines include two separate incidents in which a 19-year-old male and a 30-year-old woman were both shot while walking. Both were treated and released.
Source: The Des Moines Register Date: August 18, 2003
Salinas shootings leave one dead, three injured (Salinas, CA): Four Salinas-area shootings left one man dead and three others injured. Authorities did not know whether the incidents were linked, although it is reported that at least one incident appeared to be gang-related. In the first shooting, a man in his mid-20s was shot and killed as he stood in a parking lot. Another man ran up to him and shot him several times. About an hour later, a man was standing with four other people when a passenger from a passing car fired eight shots. One bullet hit the man. Shortly after, a 20-year-old man was with a friend when a van approached and its occupants shouted gang slogans and opened fire. The man's wound was not life-threatening. The last shooting left a 16-year-old boy with serious injuries. The boy was shot while standing in front of a car with his girlfriend. The shooter was across the street at a church parking lot.
Source: Monterey County Herald Date: August 17, 2003
Man killed in shootout between rival gangs (Houston, TX): A 22-year-old man was killed when feuding street gangs got into a shootout and car chase in southwest Houston, police said. The victim and three fellow gang members, who were riding in a van, were involved in a drive-by shooting which targeted rival gang members. After firing the shots, the four sped away, but rival gang members chased them, police said. The groups traded shots with each other during the pursuit, and the victim was hit. Survivors in the van were questioned and placed in the city jail for further investigation.
Source: The Houston Chronicle Date: August 17, 2003
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