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Groups plan to rid city of gangs (Augusta, GA): At a meeting called Gang Awareness and Prevention: A Life or Death Emergency, leaders representing law enforcement, schools, and other parts of the community agreed that Augusta has a gang problem. They discussed methods of counteracting gang activity in schools and throughout the community. Authorities say gangs in the area exist in nontraditional forms and are mostly neighborhood-based cliques or posses. "You won't find them wearing bandanas like in Hollywood," an investigator said.
Source: The Augusta Chronicle Date: October 15, 2003
Shooting is gang-related (Albuquerque, NM): A series of gunshots in Albuquerque's South Broadway area left an 18-year-old man wounded in what police are calling a gang-related shooting. Police believe the shootings were related and that the perpetrators have gang ties. According to reports, groups of young people from about five vehicles fired some of the shots. No arrests have been made.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: October 15, 2003
Police probe drive-by shooting (Sacramento, CA): Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that left a 20-year-old man dead. The man was walking with a friend when two men in a car drove by and fired a gun. Authorities say the shooting may have been a retaliatory act in gang-related activity.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: October 14, 2003
T-shirts heighten presence of gangs (Richmond County, GA): Three female students at Cross Creek High School were suspended for wearing gang symbols on their T-shirts and flashing them during a bomb-threat evacuation. School officials said the shirts depicted "gang-related material" and were offensive and disruptive to the school. The students denied being gang members, but said they were friends of people in gangs. They were suspended for five days and assigned to five additional days of in-school suspension.
Source: The Augusta Chronicle Date: October 14, 2003
Arrest in death of shop owner (Chicago, IL): A 22-year-old alleged gang member and parolee has been charged in connection with the robbery and slaying of a shopkeeper in his store in Albany Park, police said. The 22-year-old, who has ties with a Chicago street gang, is being charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery. Police have arrested the suspect, but the two alleged accomplices are still at large.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: October 14, 2003
Bystander wounded in drive-by shooting (Baton Rouge, LA): A 19-year-old bystander was wounded in a drive-by shooting, police said. The victim and his friends were standing in a vacant lot when a car pulled up, and words were exchanged with people inside the vehicle. The car returned a short time later, and shots were fired. Police say the 19-year-old was not the intended victim, but that he was caught in the cross fire or hit by a stray round. No information on arrests or suspects was available.
Source: The Advocate Date: October 14, 2003
Stabbing victims are on gang list (DeWitt, NY): Police are investigating whether a fight in which four men were stabbed was gang-related. Three of the victims are on a list of gang members compiled by Onondaga County Sheriff's Department deputies for jailed inmates. It was unclear as to why the three had been in jail. The fourth victim was not on the list of gang members. Police arrested and charged an 18-year-old man with second-degree assault in connection with the fight.
Source: The Post-Standard Date: October 14, 2003
Death likely gang tied (Tucson, AZ): A 24-year-old Tucson man was killed in what police believe to be the city's ninth gang-related slaying this year. The victim was found at a convenience store after being shot at least once. This murder is the third in the past 30 days, but police report that gang-related violent crime is down. Police are also investigating the shooting death of a man that occurred days earlier. The victim was not affiliated with a gang, but detectives believe that the incident was gang related.
Source: Tucson Citizen Date: October 13, 2003
Gang link seen in drive-by slaying (Garden Grove, CA): A 19-year-old man was fatally shot in what Garden Grove police believe was a gang-related attack. The man was standing in front of a house when someone drove by and shot him several times, police said. No other information was available.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: October 13, 2003
Gang worries prison workers (Suffield, CT): Prison workers at the MacDougall Correctional Institution in Suffield are concerned about the recent rise in activity between two gangs, the Bloods and the Latin Kings. According to staff, Bloods membership has grown, and members have become more active in recent months. In August, a melee involving dozens of inmates broke out between the two gangs in the recreation yard of the prison. A corrections officer was injured. The president of the northern Connecticut prison workers group is concerned that gang members may attempt to take advantage of times when correction officers are working in understaffed conditions. Authorities are unsure if the Bloods in Connecticut's prisons are linked to the Los Angeles-based Bloods or the United Blood Nation. In addition, two members of the gang 20 Love and two members of the Latin Kings were involved in a fight at the Northern Correctional Institution in late July or early August. Most recently, five homemade weapons were discovered by correction officials in the cell of a member of the Latin Kings.
Source: The Hartford Courant Date: October 13, 2003
Attacker with steak knife wounds witness to fight (Rochester, NY): An 18-year-old man was wounded during what was believed to be a street gang fight. The man said that after he witnessed the fight, a member from one of the two street gangs came after him and cut him with a knife. The man was treated and released from the hospital.
Source: The Post-Standard Date: October 13, 2003
Experts say more funds needed to fight gangs (Tulsa and Oklahoma City, OK): Community activists and law enforcement officials are concerned with the lack of funds needed to stop gang violence. Recently, killing sprees in north Tulsa and south Oklahoma City were evidence that gang activity is increasing. Police say that at least a quarter of Oklahoma City's murders are gang-related. Currently, most money targeted for gang prevention in Oklahoma is distributed by the state Office of Juvenile Affairs.
Source: Daily Oklahoman Date: October 13, 2003
Soldier attacked by group of men in Oakland Park (Columbus, GA): A 22-year-old Fort Benning soldier was beaten by an estimated 20 men in what Columbus police describe as a gang-related incident in Oakland Park. The victim and a friend were walking in the area when they were met by the group of men, who were believed to be members of the "Leprechaun Gang." They asked what the man was doing in Oakland Park. After they discovered the man was not whom they thought he was, the group began hitting and kicking him. The beating continued after the man fell to the ground. Police continue to investigate the incident.
Source: Ledger-Enquirer Date: October 12, 2003
Iowa offers ideal conditions (Iowa): Although gang members populate larger cities, authorities are concerned with the spread of gangs in smaller communities. Last year in the United States, 27 percent of cities with populations of 2,500 to 50,000 people reported active gang activity, a five-percentage-point increase over 2001. Experts say that Iowa's poverty level, lack of opportunities for youths, and the growing demand for drugs are all ideal conditions for a growing gang problem. Furthermore, immigration has also played a part as a possible cause for the growth in gangs. Many times young people from immigrated families feel like outcasts. Gang life then steps in to fulfill the sense of belonging. West Liberty is a town that has recently seen a sharp increase in Hispanic families. Well-established gangs, such as the Low Riders and Vatos Locos, have given civic leaders difficulties when trying to downplay crimes and gang-related fighting.
Source: The Des Moines Register Date: October 12, 2003
Gang activity simmers in shadows across Iowa (Iowa): Officials in Iowa are concerned with the growth of gangs after a period of subdued violence in the 1990s. Mixes of African American, Caucasian, Asian, and Hispanic gangs are recruiting in urban neighborhoods of bigger cities such as Des Moines, midsize cities such as Marshalltown and Muscatine, and rural communities such as Storm Lake, Denison, and West Liberty. A certain sense of complacency set in after violent crime rates dropped across the country, but renewed gang activity in Davenport has caught a former gang prevention worker's attention. "The kids are just slapping us in the face with it. They're in the schools, on the streets. The graffiti's all over. It's a shame that we may have to wait for a crisis to hit to open our eyes," he said. School officials and outreach workers in many parts of the state say the number of youths who identify with gangs, formally and informally, has been growing. In Des Moines, gangs known as Mara Salvatrucha 13 and the Latin Pachuco were accused in a gun incident involving a local teacher this summer. They are among many Latino organizations that have become more active. Due to harsher criminal penalties for gang-related crime, authorities are having a difficult time trying to find out how many gang members there are in the state, as many members are much more secretive and less violent than they were in the 1980s and '90s. Also, prevention programs that were aimed at steering youths away from crime have been reduced due to budget cuts. The increase of gang membership has been attributed to youths being neglected in their homes and thus turning to gangs as their family. Others are the so-called "urban refugees," youths from larger cities such as Chicago, Phoenix, or Los Angeles, whose families brought or sent them to Iowa in search of a safer, better life. In their new Iowan homes, the youths' gang affiliations are considered a necessity because of deadly rivalries, the offer of new entrepreneurial opportunities, and, sometimes, more power and respect.
Source: The Des Moines Register Date: October 12, 2003
Gangs Inc. (Utah): After reaching a four-year low in 2001, gangs in Utah have increased since 2002, and the trend seems to be continuing in 2003. This increase comes after a subdued period from the late '80s to the mid '90s, the Salt Lake Area Gang Project reported. There were 4,044 documented gang members in Utah in 2002, down from 1998 when the number of gang members peaked at 4,446 but up from 2001. According to the latest statistics from the Metro Gang Unit, the average gang member in Utah is 18 to 24 years old, although many gangs are starting to recruit 14- and 15-year-olds. About 45 percent of the documented gang members in the state are Hispanic, 30 percent are Caucasian, 9 percent are Pacific Islander, 6 percent are Asian, and 6 percent are black. Surenos 13 is one of the most violent and most active among Hispanic gangs. The Baby Regulators and the Tongan Crip Gang are among the largest and most violent of the Polynesian gangs. Of Asian gangs, the Tiny Oriental Posse and the Original Laotian Gangster have been the most active, mostly feuding with one another. In 2003, there were 60 documented gangs, and 35 to 40 of them were actively committing violent crimes. With the Utah population growing and the relocation of young men and women from Southern California and Chicago, officials fear they have a hard road ahead.
Source: Deseret News Date: October 12, 2003
One killed, one critically injured in shooting (Visalia, CA): A 19-year-old man was killed, and a 26-year-old man was left in critical condition after a shooting in front of a Visalia home. Police arrested a 19-year-old man on suspicion of homicide, attempted homicide, and gang enhancements. Police are searching for another 19-year-old in connection with the shooting.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: October 11, 2003
Jail keeps list of inmates who say they're in gangs (Onondaga County, NY): According to a list kept by sheriff's deputies in Onondaga County, during the past five years, 920 jail inmates, 55 of them female, have claimed affiliation with 128 street gangs. The top four gangs represented were the Bloods, Boot Camp, 110, and Brighton Brigade. Other major gangs that area police deal with are the Crips, Elk Block, the Bricks, and Lexington, or Lexon. Sheriff's deputies have been keeping track of inmates' claims of gang affiliations ever since jail officials discovered a correlation between violence in the streets and violence in the jail, an official from the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department said. During the booking process, jail deputies ask each inmate if there is anyone he or she should stay away from in the jail. This information can many times indicate gang affiliation. Deputies are trained to know which gang insignia to watch for in tattoos and clothing. Gang members were also identified in the letters they wrote to each other from their cells.
Source: Democrat & Chronicle Date: October 11, 2003
Boy shot in head (Clinton, UT): Police are investigating a possible drive-by shooting that wounded a 16-year-old boy. The teen was walking through Meadows Park in Clinton when he was shot. Police have no leads on suspects but said that they wanted to talk to the people that took the boy to the hospital. They are not considered suspects.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: October 11, 2003
Link probed in gang feud (Washington, DC): Two gangs, La Mara R and the 1-5 Amigos, believed to be responsible for a fatal shooting in DC earlier this year, were involved in another shooting that left a 20-year-old man dead and a 50-year-old bus driver wounded in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood. The man who died was a 1-5 member, and authorities charged three La Mara R members, ages 16, 17, and 27, with the shooting. Latino gangs have made their presence known in DC in recent years by feuding and recruiting, while using violence as a tool for both. A series of five shootings tied to those feuds left four people dead and four wounded last summer. The feud between La Mara R and the 1-5 Amigos was blamed for two of the summer shootings, according to police and court documents. La Mara R is one of the city's four large, predominantly Latino street gangs, with membership of perhaps more than 100. The 1-5 Amigos are a few dozen, focusing on dealing cocaine and marijuana in Columbia Heights, police said.
Source: The Washington Post Date: October 11, 2003
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