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Police investigate stabbing deaths (Las Vegas, NV): Police are investigating whether gang members are responsible for two separate stabbing deaths. A 24-year-old man was stabbed to death after fighting with a group of people in an apartment complex parking lot. The victim, who was sitting with three other men, was approached by a group of young adults, and a confrontation ensued, police said. Another man was also stabbed, but his wounds were not life-threatening. Police believe the group that stabbed the men may have been involved in another fatal stabbing that occurred only a few hours later. In that incident, gang members exchanged words with members of another gang. Two men and one woman were wounded during the stabbing. According to police, an 18-year-old man died from his wounds.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: March 16, 2004
Three men injured in two shootings (San Diego, CA): In San Diego, three young men were injured in two separate gang-related shootings, which occurred 15 minutes apart, police said. In the first shooting, two 18-year-old men were standing at an intersection in the Mountain View area when a car pulled up next to them and someone yelled out a gang name. Several shots were fired in their direction, striking one man three times and grazing the other man. The second shooting occurred when a 22-year-old man was crossing a street in Mount Hope. A car pulled up next to him, and someone yelled out a gang name. Several shots were fired at the man, striking him once, police said. The victims' injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: March 15, 2004
Man shot, killed at apartment (Las Vegas, NV): A man in his 30s was shot and killed at an apartment complex in Las Vegas. The victim was gunned down as he tried to enter his apartment, police said. Witnesses told police they believe the slaying may have been gang-related. No arrests have been made.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: March 15, 2004
Two slain, two hurt in shooting at midtown club (Sacramento, CA): Police are investigating a gang-related shooting outside a Sacramento nightclub that left two men dead and two men injured. Authorities said the violence occurred as two groups of men traded angry words over a "disrespect issue," and shots were fired. No arrests have been made.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: March 14, 2004
Two arrested in shooting (Fresno, CA): Police arrested two men, ages 19 and 30, in a drive-by shooting in southeast Fresno. Two men in an SUV pulled into an apartment complex, one of the men opened fire on a group of men there, and fled, police said. No one was hit by the gunfire. According to police, the vehicle was spotted a short time later, and the two men were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon with gang enhancements.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: March 14, 2004
Shooting at Cypress club leaves one dead (Cypress, CA): In Cypress, one woman was killed, and four people were wounded in a gang-related shooting at the Fifth Wave Cafe, police said. The club, which is frequented by many Korean Americans, had about 200 people there when the shooting occurred inside. The killers fled in a car and were believed to be members of Los Angeles County gangs, police said. Police are looking for three suspects.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: March 14, 2004
Deputies crack down on gang crime (Sacramento, CA): Sacramento authorities are cracking down on what has become a violent and gang-ridden beginning to 2004. Since January, there have been 19 homicides, following 38 in all of 2003. Recently, more than 40 officers were tasked with patrolling south Sacramento, an area with an unusual spike in shootings and attacks, looking for anything related to drug sales, illegal weapons, and gang activity. One night of patrolling brought several arrests, including a 27-year-old Norteno member who tried to avoid officers after they spotted him riding a bicycle without a headlight on a dark street. He was arrested on two warrants totaling $20,000. A 24-year-old Norteno member was arrested after officers pulled up to an illegally parked car with three occupants. Upon searching the car, an officer found crack cocaine paraphernalia in the man's pockets. The man also admitted to having a warrant out for his arrest for violating parole. A total of 22 arrests were made that night, with two more just after midnight. Most involved gun and drug charges.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: March 14, 2004
Riverhead acts to deter gang troubles (Riverhead, NY): The Riverhead school district launched a pilot program this semester aimed at discouraging gang violence. The program is modeled after a program, developed by the National Council for Unity, which focuses on reducing violence and gang activity in schools and communities. The program was adopted as a preventative measure since teen gangs have become a growing concern on Long Island. Nearly 40 upper-grade students are participating in the program. The techniques used range from "empowering" youngsters and building self-esteem through special programs, to establishing community partnerships that devise ways to deal with the threat of gang violence.
Source: Newsday Date: March 14, 2004
Suspects of gang-related shooting arrested (Pasadena, CA): In East Valinda, a man and woman, both 26, were arrested by deputies in the shooting death of a 19-year-old man on his front lawn. Gang experts at the sheriff's Industry Station say the shooting is gang-related because the individuals involved are known gang members.
Source: Pasadena Star-News Date: March 13, 2004
Gunman opens fire in tattoo parlor (North Hills, CA): Police are searching for a man who opened fire in a tattoo parlor, wounding three people. The gunman walked into the shop, opened fire, then fled in a car, police said. The shooting is believed to be gang-related.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: March 13, 2004
Teen stabbed, beaten to death (Park Ridge, IL): A 16-year-old male was stabbed and beaten to death near an apartment complex in Maine Township in what police believe was a gang-related attack, authorities said. The teenager was stabbed repeatedly and beaten with two-by-fours, according to authorities. A second victim was taken to a hospital. No arrests have been made.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: March 13, 2004
Gang violence waning, but not gone (Bloomington and Normal, IL): In Bloomington and Normal, law enforcement and the community are keeping a close eye on the cities' gang activity to avoid the same level of violence that occurred in 2002 and early 2003. During the first half of 2003, there was steady gang activity. Although gang violence decreased in the second half of the year, police warn the public to not assume the worst is over. Through December 31, 2003, there were 36 gang-motivated crimes, 19 of which involved the possession or use of a firearm. That statistic is noticeably down from 2002, when 51 gang-motivated offenses were reported, including 29 gun crimes ranging from possession to murder. According to a Bloomington police criminal intelligence analyst, the recent drop-off in gang crime is due partly to more gang members being put in prison. Police estimate there are currently more than 500 gang members in the Twin Cities.
Source: The Pantagraph Date: March 13, 2004
Drive-by shootings suspect pursued (Bernalillo and Albuquerque, NM): Police are looking for a 25-year-old man they say is a local gang member responsible for five drive-by shootings and for threatening a woman. Police believe that the incidents are in retaliation for a February 20 shooting which involved two men belonging to rival gangs. One man was fatally shot in that incident. The suspect's cousin, 21, was arrested in connection to a drive-by shooting which occurred on March 4. Three homes have been the targets of the recent shootings, but no one has been injured.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: March 13, 2004
Police still seeking clues in teen's shooting death (Anaheim, CA): In Anaheim, police are investigating a gang-related shooting that left an 18-year-old woman dead. Police believe the woman was a bystander in the shooting, which was believed to be prompted by gang rivalry. The woman was shot by a gunman while talking to a group of friends, which included some suspected gang members.
Source: The Orange County Register Date: March 12, 2004
Teen held on suspicion of attempted homicide (Salinas, CA): A 17-year-old Salinas boy was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide during a gang-related shooting, police said. The teen shot at a 16-year-old boy, who was holding his niece in the parking lot of an apartment complex when the shots were fired. The victim was hit three times, but the wounds were not life-threatening, police said. The suspect was taken to Juvenile Hall.
Source: Monterey County Herald Date: March 12, 2004
Man slain outside Oxnard store (Oxnard, CA): A 28-year-old man was fatally shot in a gang-related attack outside an Oxnard liquor store, police said. According to a store employee, the victim walked out of the store and was shot several times. Two cars were seen leaving the scene. The killing is the fifth homicide in Oxnard this year.
Source: Ventura County Star Date: March 11, 2004
Teen hospitalized after stabbing (San Diego, CA): A 17-year-old boy was stabbed several times during a fight at a house in Grant Hill, police said. Police were looking for two men and a woman who left in a van after the fight. The victim is a gang member, but it was unclear if his gang affiliation had anything to do with the attack. The teen's condition was unavailable.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: March 11, 2004
Bernalillo home hit by gunfire once again (Albuquerque, NM): A third gang-related drive-by shooting has plagued a family's home in Bernalillo, police said. The home has been a target of gang violence since the shooting death of a known gang member on February 20. According to police and the family, the shooter was a known rival gang member and was a longtime friend who once lived at their house. Police responded to the first shooting at the home on February 22. A second shooting occurred on March 4 when the windows of the home were blasted out with a shotgun. In the most recent shooting, four rounds were fired. No one was injured. In addition, two drive-by shootings at other homes are under investigation. One man has been arrested so far in this case.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: March 10, 2004
Teen to be tried as adult in fatal stabbing at park (Chula Vista, CA): A 16-year-old boy, who police say is a gang member, will be tried as an adult in the stabbing death of an 18-year-old man, a judge ruled. The victim and two friends were going to Eucalyptus Park to play with a paintball gun when they saw the suspect and his friends spray-painting graffiti near a baseball field. One of the suspect's friends, age 20, walked up to them and asked the victim's friend, "Where are you from?" After the friend said he did not belong to a gang, he was struck in the face, police said. The victim and his friends ran away and called for help outside an apartment. The victim had suffered stab wounds and died before the police and paramedics arrived. Police found graffiti identifying individual gang members at the park.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: March 10, 2004
Broadview teen on bike slain by shooter in car (Cicero, IL): A 17-year-old boy was killed in an apparent gang-related shooting in Cicero, police said. The boy was riding his bicycle through an intersection when someone in a passing car fired shots at him. It is unclear whether any words were exchanged before the shooting. No information was disclosed about why police believe the killing was gang-related.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: March 9, 2004
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