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A vicious gang crippled; residents breathe easier (Rochester, NY): Police believe the death of an innocent, 19-year-old man was the beginning of the end of the criminal careers for a dozen youths associated with a Thurston Road street gang. A 16-year-old was sentenced to 20 years to life for the killing. Since the killing, police have determined to go after the group of youths who are engaged in illegal drug sales, robbery, and associated violence. According to reports, 13 additional members of the group have also been arrested on various charges. The former president of the 19th Ward Community Association said the gang called themselves the "Thurston Zoo." While the police chief did not describe the group as a "gang," he does not deny the existence of gangs. "Here in Rochester, we have loose confederations of youths, for lack of a better word, operating with the common goal of robbery, drug activity, and violence," he said.
Source: Democrat & Chronicle Date: October 23, 2003
Gang bill (Los Angeles, CA): A bill making certain gang activities federal crimes and allocating $650 million in federal funds to combat gang violence was introduced as the Gang Prevention and Effective Deterrence Act of 2003. The bill would make recruiting a member into a gang a federal offense, punishable with a maximum 10-year prison sentence. Certain crimes committed by three or more gang members would also be federal offenses.
Source: City News Service Date: October 22, 2003
More suspects arrested in gang's slaying of eight-year-old (Smithfield, VA): Police in Smithfield continue to identify and arrest suspects in the shooting death of an 8-year-old boy in his Jersey Park apartment. Five of six suspects are in custody, and they all appear to have gang connections. The shooting took place after a disagreement between a gang at the Jersey Park Apartments in Smithfield and a rival gang in the town of Windsor. All arrested suspects have been charged with second degree murder.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot Date: October 22, 2003
Police probe shooting death (Waukegan, IL): An 18-year-old man was fatally shot in what police believe was a gang-related incident. As the victim was approached by someone in a vehicle, words were exchanged, and shots were fired from inside the vehicle. Two cousins and another companion were with the victim during the shooting, but they did not suffer any injuries. Investigation is continuing.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: October 21, 2003
Inmate beaten to death (Newark, NJ): A 19-year-old alleged member of the Crips street gang was beaten to death after he was transferred to an annex in the Essex County Jail. Most Crips members are housed at the annex to keep them away from members of the Bloods gang, who are kept at the main jail. According to authorities, the man was beaten by other Crips members as an initiation to prove his claim of being a member.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: October 21, 2003
Attorney general proposes anti-gang legislation (Richmond, VA): Antiracketeering legislation to combat Virginia's increasingly violent and sophisticated street gangs was recently proposed by the state's attorney general. The legislation would be modeled after the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, known as RICO, which has been widely used to infiltrate and bust organized crime. The bill would give local and state law enforcement the authority to target, investigate, and prosecute criminal enterprises by going to the financial heart of the group and giving prosecutors the power to obtain information from financial institutions other than banks. If the bill is approved by the legislature and signed by the governor, Virginia would join Arizona, Florida, and North Carolina as states that have already instituted RICO-like laws. Specifically, the bill would make it a crime for a group of three or more people to profit from coercion and extortion. Officials have come up with a list of about 10 national gangs, including the Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings, MS-13, and United Blood Nation, that have a presence in Virginia.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: October 21, 2003
Gang unit nabs pair suspected of assaults (Ventura County, CA): Two teenagers, ages 14 and 15, were arrested in connection with a series of gang-related street fights, authorities said. They were charged with assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, and participation in a criminal street gang. In the first incident, the 15-year-old suspect tried to stab a 17-year-old boy as he was walking home. The victim fled with no injuries. Less than two weeks later, the suspects attacked the original victim and a 16-year-old boy with baseball bats, while yelling gang slogans and threats to kill the two older youths, authorities said.
Source: Ventura County Star Date: October 21, 2003
Drug gang member sentenced to life (Houston, TX): A 30-year-old ranking member of the Victoria branch of the Mexican Mafia drug gang was sentenced to life in prison without parole for drug dealing and participating in the killing of three men, the U.S. attorney's office said. The man was convicted in May of conspiracy and racketeering. According to testimony from the Assistant U.S. Attorney, the man was a sergeant, the second-highest rank in the prison-spawned Mexican Mafia's local branch.
Source: The Houston Chronicle Date: October 20, 2003
Teen fatally shot, another injured in St. Petersburg drive-by (St. Petersburg, FL): A 17-year-old boy was killed, and a 15-year-old boy was wounded in a drive-by shooting, authorities said. The two were sitting outside a house when a pickup truck drove by with two men inside. The four shouted at each other, and the men drove off. The men returned and continued the argument, before leaving a second time. Returning a third time, the suspects opened fire at the two teens. Later that night, police arrested two men, ages 17 and 18, who matched the witnesses' descriptions. The 17-year-old was charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. Investigators said they believe he was the shooter. The 18-year-old was charged with second-degree murder and possession of cannabis. Investigators said his gun was used in the shootings.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: October 20, 2003
Asian gang violence escalates in East Bay (San Francisco, CA): The recent killing of a 15-year-old Richmond girl has raised some concerns about Asian gang violence in the East Bay area. Police say members of one gang, known as the Sons of Death, fired more than a dozen rounds into the girl's home in an apparent effort to kill her older brother, who allegedly has ties to a rival gang, the Color of Blood. Police arrested two brothers two days after the shooting. One of the brothers was arrested in connection with the shooting, and the other was arrested for unrelated warrants but may be charged with the girl's slaying. The rivalry between the two gangs started so long ago that gang detectives are unclear of why they turned against each other. Both gangs are primarily made up of second-generation Laotian and Vietnamese immigrants whose parents came over from the mountain regions. Most criminal justice statistics show that Asian Americans as a whole are less likely to become involved in crime than virtually any other group. However, studies focusing on crime rates among specific Asian ethnic groups have found that young people of Laotian descent are more likely to commit crimes than whites or Latinos.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle Date: October 19, 2003
Officers arrest three in shooting (Richmond County, GA): Richmond County authorities have arrested and charged three males in connection to a gang-related shooting. A 17-year-old member of a gang known as "O-Dub" and a 16- and 18-year-old from a rival "Circle Boys" gang were "trash-talking" to one another when the 16-year-old pulled out a gun. No one was hurt in the incident, but the 17-year-old was charged with reckless conduct, and the 16-year-old was charged with possession of a firearm by a person under age 18 and with pointing a weapon at another, an investigator said. The 18-year-old was charged with reckless conduct, marijuana possession, and two counts of theft by receiving stolen property from a man who robbed a bank.
Source: The Augusta Chronicle Date: October 18, 2003
Violence drawn to Central Jersey (Somerset County, NJ): Law enforcement officials say criminal gangs are alive and well and operating in Somerset County. According to a detective, there is gang presence in every town in the county. The gangs include Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings, Lu Mugre, and the 18th Street Gang. The gangs have been documented with criminal activities such as killings, drugs, and selling weapons. Moreover, violent crimes are part of initiation ceremonies, and sometimes even fellow members are attacked. Police say part of the reason gang members have come to Somerset County is because they feel that there is a great opportunity to make money.
Source: Courier News Date: October 18, 2003
Gangsta shoots three (Brooklyn, NY): Two teenage boys, both 15 years old, were shot, and a 16-year-old boy was grazed by a bullet when a gunman opened fire at them from across a Brooklyn street. The attack, which occurred outside the Glenwood housing project in Flatlands, may have been gang-related, police said. The gunman was seen wearing a headband with Puerto Rican colors and red clothing, which could mean that he is associated with the Bloods.
Source: New York Post Date: October 18, 2003
Two die in suspected gang shootings (San Bernardino, CA): Two men, ages 17 and 21, were found dead after a gang-related attack in the Highland-Guthrie area of San Bernardino, police reported. Police believe the 21-year-old man, who was a member of a Palmdale-based gang, may have been killed for encroaching on a local street gang's turf. Police believe the 17-year-old was not an intended target but may have seen too much of the first shooting and therefore was shot. "We get a big influx of transitory gang members, coming here from Pomona, Los Angeles, and Lancaster to visit their friends and family," an officer said. "While you see a lot of gang shootings in Los Angeles based on confrontations that start with, 'Hey, you're in our neighborhood,' here, it's, 'Hey, you're in our city.' The gang members here don't want others coming in taking their business." Earlier this year, police officials conducted a gang injunction program, issuing search warrants at troubled areas that netted an estimated 40 arrests, helped dismantle one gang's hierarchy, and resulted in the confiscation of 16 guns and 7 pounds of marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: October 17, 2003
Lancaster man killed, teen wounded in gang shootings (Lancaster and Palmdale, CA): In Palmdale and Lancaster, two unrelated gang shootings left a teen wounded and a man dead. In the Palmdale shooting, a teen was walking with a friend when a car drove up beside them, and someone in the back seat shot at them. The victim's friend recognized the assailants' car as belonging to local street-gang members, deputies said. In the Lancaster shooting, a man was fatally shot outside a house after he and an alleged gang member got into an argument. Officials believe that both men are affiliated with the same gang.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: October 17, 2003
Three arrested in shooting death of teen at March quinceañera (El Cajon, CA): Three gang members were arrested in connection with the March 30 shooting death of an 18-year-old student. The victim was leaving a party with alleged gang members when the three suspects, who are rival gang members and were unsuccessful at crashing the party earlier, got into a confrontation with them. Someone pulled out a gun and shot the 18-year-old. Police said the victim was not a gang member.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: October 17, 2003
Arrests made in connection with fatal shooting (Salt Lake City, UT): Three men were arrested by police for their involvement in what was probably a gang-related shooting that left one man dead at a Kimball Junction nightclub. One suspect was a member of the Glendale Tongan Crip gang, while the other two were alleged rival members of the Baby Regulators gang. A deputy said that when the shots went off in the club, the music was so loud that nobody knew a gun was fired.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: October 17, 2003
Three charged in stray-bullet killing of elderly woman (Shreveport, LA): Three Shreveport men, ages 18, 20, and 22, were charged with the murder of a 75-year-old woman during a drive-by shooting. The victim was shot in her living room from a shootout in front of her home. The incident is a first-degree murder case because a person died during the commission of a drive-by shooting. Officials are seeking the death penalty.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: October 16, 2003
Gang fight follow-up (Salisbury, MD): Police officials have made one arrest in a recent John Street gang fight, and investigators are close to several others. Arrests were delayed due to the fact that police had only nicknames and physical descriptions of the suspects. Three people were injured in the brawl that involved close to 40 teenagers. Two people were shot, and one was beaten with a baseball bat. The person arrested was neither the shooter nor the individual who beat the man with the bat. The initial incident prompted retaliation from a rival neighborhood gang.
Source: Daily Times Date: October 16, 2003
Figueroa shooting (Los Angeles, CA): Two men, ages 31 and 35, were fatally shot, and a third victim was hospitalized in a gang-related attack in the city's Vermont Knolls area, according to police reports. No other information was available.
Source: City News Service Date: October 15, 2003
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