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Drive-by shooting kills woman (Muscoy, CA): In Muscoy, sheriff's investigators reported a drive-by shooting that left a 22-year-old woman dead and a 24-year-old in critical condition. The two victims were sitting in an SUV when assailants drove past and fired more than a dozen bullets into their vehicle, authorities said. Police have made no arrests.
Source: Press Enterprise Date: September 6, 2003
Shooting wounds teen (Plant City, FL): Police were investigating a shooting at Courier Field that left one teenager wounded and another under arrest, officials said. A 16-year-old boy was shot after words were exchanged with the shooter. The 17-year-old suspect was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and use of a firearm during a felony, police said. Police also said the shooting might be gang related. The victim was taken to a hospital where he was reported to be in fair condition.
Source: The Tampa Tribune Date: September 6, 2003
Student stabbed outside school (Chicago, IL): A 17-year-old student was stabbed in the parking lot of Prosser Vocational High School, police said. The boy was stabbed after class got out. Police say the stabbing may have been gang related. The victim was in stable condition. No further details were available.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: September 6, 2003
Slaying plot alleged (Arlington County, VA): After a year-long investigation, a purported gang member has been charged with conspiring to kill a police officer and participation in a criminal street gang, Arlington County police said yesterday. The arrest was the result of a multi-jurisdiction investigation that began last year after detectives received information about gang members threatening to kill several northern Virginia police officers. If convicted, the man could face up to 30 years in prison.
Source: The Washington Post Date: September 6, 2003
Five charged in gang war murder case (Lawrence, MA): Five members of a notorious Lawrence street gang were arrested by local, county, state, and federal authorities in connection with the 1998 mistaken-identity murder of a 22-year-old man. "The code of silence is gone," declared a state police sergeant. Additional arrests have not been ruled out as the investigation into the Immortal Outlaws' bloody beef with the Latin Gangsta Disciples (LGD) continues. Sources said the Outlaws were not gunning for the 22-year-old man back on July 12, 1998, when they went looking to exact payment from suspected LGD members they believed shot at them the day before. The victim was an innocent bystander who happened to be outside a Lawrence house party on LGD turf when he, another man, and a woman were hit by bullets. The other two victims survived. Authorities were able to secure indictments against the Immortal Outlaws posse because of unprecedented cooperation within their community. "There were people who helped out, who had not helped out before," one source said. "We're hoping this leads to more arrests."
Source: Boston Herald Date: September 6, 2003
Police warn nightclubs of rap song's gang link (Wichita, KS): A gang-related shooting incident at a nightclub outside of Wichita last week was prompted by the same rap song that led to four people being shot outside an east Wichita club last year, police said. The song has been known to cause club patrons to flash gang signs in a confrontational manner.
Source: The Wichita Eagle Date: September 6, 2003
He won't let killers get away with murder (Santa Ana, CA): A detective from the Santa Ana Police Department has been working on gang murder cases that have been left unsolved, and one by one, individuals have been convicted of their crimes. Thirty-one cases that occurred five to 11 years ago have been revisited. Fifteen people have been convicted in seven of these cases, and suspects in five cases await trial. Seven cases have been cleared because the suspect was discovered to have been murdered or the district attorney's office determined the killing was self-defense.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: September 5, 2003
San Diego homicide (San Diego, CA): A 25-year-old woman who was sitting with a man on the steps of a Logan Heights building was shot to death by a walk-up killer, police said. Police believe that two men may have been involved, and they are investigating the possibility that the shooting was gang-related.
Source: City News Service Date: September 5, 2003
West Side gang, drug probe yields 12 arrests (Chicago, IL): The FBI and Chicago police arrested a dozen people who were acting as middlemen between Mexican drug cartels and the cocaine and marijuana peddling operations of the Vice Lords street gang on the West Side. Five other suspects remain at large, an FBI agent said. Authorities feel that the three-year investigation into drug dealing was an incremental step in the fight against gang-related drug dealing.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: September 5, 2003
Las Vegas Police investigate latest attack linked to youth gang (Las Vegas, NV): Police are investigating a group which resides in suburban northwest Las Vegas called the 311 Boyz for a series of attacks. The group is an alleged middle-class, white youth gang and their attacks have included the beating of two Asian men leaving a shopping center, a black teen being attacked, and a male who was struck in the face with a rock. Some speculate that the gang is named for the Ku Klux Klan; "K" being the 11th letter of the alphabet and then times that by "3." Authorities are investigating the 311 Boyz in connection with other crimes, including three July beatings of teenagers, the burning of an 18-year-old with a hot butter knife in July, and a June incident in which a business' glass door was shattered. During the investigation, detectives uncovered video footage depicting numerous assaults on victims. On the tapes, some boys are heard chanting "311" during the beatings, police said.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: September 5, 2003
Man shot in head in critical condition (Salt Lake County, UT): A 21-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot near his Salt Lake County home, authorities said. The man and two other people, who are all believed to be affiliated with gangs, were in a car traveling toward his home. As they pulled into a driveway, another car that had been following them passed, and someone inside began firing. Investigation is continuing.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: September 5, 2003
City combats cycle of violence (Salinas, CA): In effort to reduce the recent flare-up of gang violence, police recently served warrants in two East Salinas neighborhoods. Three gang members were arrested including one man, age 21, on an attempted-murder charge for shooting at a carload of people. Also arrested was the first suspect's 22-year-old brother and a 19-year-old male, both for violating probation by associating with gang members.
Source: Monterey County Herald Date: September 4, 2003
Fence shooting (Long Beach, CA): A 17-year-old boy was fatally shot as bullets came through a chain link fence, police said. Two others, ages 17 and 19, were wounded and expected to survive. Police say the two suspects fled on foot after the assault.
Source: City News Service Date: September 4, 2003
Permanent injunction sought against San Bernardino gang (San Bernardino, CA): San Bernardino's Superior Court Judge granted a temporary restraining order against the Delman Heights Bloods Gang. Members of the gang are barred from congregating, applying graffiti, and participating in other activities within a designated area while the city attorney's office seeks a permanent injunction against the group. Violating curfew or loitering together could net members as much as six months in jail, three years' probation, and a $1,000 fine, said the deputy city attorney. A preliminary injunction hearing will be held in October, and a permanent injunction is expected this winter.
Source: Press Enterprise Date: September 4, 2003
Elgin police, FBI arrest 10 after 2 1/2-year probe into drug sales (Elgin, IL): A 2 1/2-year investigation by Elgin police and the FBI led to the arrests of 10 alleged members of a street gang accused of peddling drugs in Elgin and the Northwest suburbs. A long list of felony charges were used to indict the 10 members. The charges included unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, compelling street-gang membership, and street-gang drug conspiracy, police said. About 500 Ecstasy pills, two handguns, and several hundred rounds of ammunition were confiscated. The investigation into the gang's activities began on November 11, 2000, when a 16-year-old alleged member of the street gang was shot in the head and his body dumped in a field in Cook County, police said. The street gang, which has about 30 members, has been active since the late '80s and early '90s.
Source: Daily Herald Date: September 4, 2003
Arrest first step in club deaths probe (Bridgeton, NJ): Police in Bridgeton arrested a 26-year-old man for attempted murder associated with the double murder of a 24- and 26-year-old man. The suspect held a gun to someone's head during the incident, but was unable to shoot as the would-be-victim moved his head before the trigger was pulled. Other suspects involved in the shootings are still at large. Police are not certain if the incident was gang-related, but say that some of the victims were gang members. Some reports say that a gang called 30 Deep may have been involved. Police have not determined whether 30 Deep is a gang or a loosely affiliated group of friends.
Source: The Daily Journal Date: September 4, 2003
Shot from SUV wounds man (Portland, OR): Portland police are investigating a possible gang-related shooting that wounded a 21-year-old man. The pedestrian was shot by someone in a passing SUV, police said. Investigators have not been able to determine a motive for the shooting, but gangs may have been a factor.
Source: The Oregonian Date: September 4, 2003
Teenager arrested in gang shooting (Fremont, CA): Police arrested an 18-year-old man and are searching for two other suspects in connection with a gang-related shooting that wounded a 17-year-old boy. The victim, who is a self-proclaimed gang member, did not suffer any life-threatening wounds. He was walking down the street when three men in a car approached him. One man got out of the car, chased him, and shot him once.
Source: Tri-Valley Herald Date: September 3, 2003
Gang member arrested (Arizona): A 23-year-old member of the Rollin' 60s Crips was arrested in Arizona and will be brought back to Los Angeles where he will face capital murder charges. The suspect allegedly committed a murder a month after being released from custody from an arrest related to carjacking charges. After disappearing, he was recently taken into custody in Arizona for an expired vehicle tag.
Source: City News Service Date: September 3, 2003
Hill Girls' gang preys on women (San Francisco, CA): The Hill Girls, a group of about 20 African-American women, have been attacking other women in San Francisco since the beginning of this year. The group, which police say is the first female gang in San Francisco, resides in Potrero Hill's public housing. So far all of the attacks have been on women of all ages who are either African American or Latino. In some cases, the gang members selectively singled out their victims for their connections or romantic involvement with men or boyfriends, police said. Others appear to be randomly selected, such as one woman who brushed up against one of the gang members on a bus. A gang member apparently used her cell phone to call other gang members to "jump" the victim after she got off the bus. San Francisco police say they will ask the district attorney to classify the group as a criminal street gang, a move that would stiffen the penalties for those arrested in connection with the attacks.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle Date: September 3, 2003
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