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Berwyn man held in teen's fatal shooting (Cicero, IL): A 26-year-old man was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the slaying of an 18-year-old man that may have been gang-related. According to police, both men belonged to rival gangs, but investigators believe the shooter may no longer be active due to his age. The victim was standing near a car when he was shot point-blank. He died a short time later at an area hospital.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: February 17, 2004
Slayings raises fears that more will follow (Boston, MA): The recent killings of two Boston teenagers have caused concerns about a return of gang violence that was prominent in the '90s. Nine homicides have occurred in Boston in the first six weeks of the year, a rate that far exceeds last year, when only three people were killed by mid-February. Boston did not see its ninth homicide last year until mid-April. Recently, a 15-year-old boy was fatally stabbed as at least a dozen other youths stood nearby at a Dudley bus station. The day before, an 18-year-old died after being shot repeatedly outside a Mattapan Square grocery store. It was the second shooting that day. In the most recent incident, a 22-year-old man was critically wounded after being shot in the Dorchester's Fields Corner neighborhood. According to a professor at Northwestern University, gang-related violence increased in particular in Chicago and Los Angeles, where gang activity grew in the late 1980s and early 1990s before spreading to other cities. "Many gang leaders in Boston and other cities were imprisoned on federal charges in the late 1980s and early 1990s but have now been released," he added. Gang violence pushed Boston to a record-high 152 murders in 1990.
Source: The Boston Globe Date: February 16, 2004
Gang members beat Nashua man (Nashua, NH): An 18-year-old Nashua man was kicked, beaten, and stabbed by four others in a gang-related hazing attack, police said. The victim recently joined the local chapter of the New York-based Latin Kings gang. Although an attack is part of the initiation ritual, police said the man recently requested to leave the gang, which also results in a gang-style beating. Four members of the gang, ages 17, 18, 19, and 20, planned and carried out the attack. Each man was charged with first-degree assault. Two of the men were also charged with resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.
Source: New Hampshire Union Leader Date: February 16, 2004
Three hit by shots fired into group (Panorama City, CA): Two men and a woman were wounded in a drive-by shooting in Panorama City, police said. Officials said the three victims identified themselves as members of the Vincent Towners, a downtown Los Angeles street gang. No arrests have been made.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: February 16, 2004
Drive-by sidewalk shooting kills landscaper (Boynton Beach, FL): A drive-by shooting killed a 21-year-old man and wounded three others, ages 18, 21, and 32, on a sidewalk of a residential neighborhood, officials said. Witnesses said they heard an argument before the shooting and saw a sport utility vehicle drive off after the shots were fired. Police have made no arrests.
Source: The Miami Herald Date: February 15, 2004
Teen charged in Cicero school fight (Cicero, IL): A 15-year-old boy was charged with three counts of aggravated battery in a gang-related melee at Morton East High School. During the incident, one student was stabbed, and another was hit in the head with a lock, a Cicero town spokesman said. In addition, 14 students involved in the fight were suspended for ten days, and at least 4 may face expulsion.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: February 15, 2004
15-year-old boy fatally stabbed outside Dudley station (Dudley, MA): A 15-year-old boy was fatally stabbed outside the Dudley Square bus station, becoming the second teenager killed in street violence in two days, police said. According to authorities, the boy was with a group of about nine boys, ages 10 to 17, at the station when he was approached by another group of four to six young men, ages 16 to 19. During an altercation, he was stabbed, and the groups scattered toward a street, an officer said. Investigators had no suspects and had not recovered a weapon. It was the ninth homicide in Boston in 2004.
Source: The Boston Globe Date: February 15, 2004
Fourth man charged in Englewood gang attack (Englewood, NJ): A 27-year-old man became the fourth person charged in connection with a gang attack last September that left three men injured, police said. The man was charged with attempted murder. The victims told police they were walking down the street when they were approached by two men who asked if they belonged to the Bloods street gang. When they said they did not, as many as eight other men approached, kicking, punching, and hitting them with baseball bats, they said.
Source: The Record Date: February 15, 2004
Shooting leaves man injured (Juneau, AK): Juneau police are investigating an apparent drive-by shooting that left a man hospitalized. The victim told police he heard three popping sounds as a vehicle passed him, and he realized he had been shot. The man told police that two people were inside the vehicle.
Source: Anchorage Daily News Date: February 13, 2004
Alleged Jersey City Bloods leader nabbed (Passaic, NJ): A reputed gang leader who had eluded authorities was arrested by federal agents as he walked out of a Passaic go-go bar. The man heads a Jersey City-based Bloods "set" known as "Sex Money Murder-252," authorities said. He was wanted on FBI drug charges, as well as on a Hudson County racketeering indictment. The investigation began in May when Jersey City police noticed an increase in gang activity in the area. In addition to racketeering, he is accused of leading a drug trafficking network and conspiracy to commit a number of crimes, including robbery, assault, and theft.
Source: The Record Date: February 13, 2004
Father and daughter assaulted by group of men (Vineland, NJ): A man and his teenage daughter were assaulted by a group of men who may have been looking for rival gang members at Asselta Acres Apartments, police said. The 47-year-old man told police he was sitting outside his apartment when two cars pulled up, and about eight male occupants got out of the vehicles. When they attempted to enter his apartment, the suspects punched the man. The victim's 16-year-old daughter said another man grabbed her by the hair and punched her when she went to help her father. After the attack, the suspects got back into the vehicles and fled. The teen told police she believed the suspects were from Millville and were looking for gang members who live in another area of the apartment complex. No arrests have been made.
Source: The Daily Journal Date: February 13, 2004
Shooting called gang-related (Tulsa, OK): A man was shot during a gang-related attack at a Tulsa apartment complex, police said. The incident began when a woman was moving personal property out of another apartment in the complex. Police have no information on the shooter, who fled along with a group of other people after the gunfire.
Source: Tulsa World Date: February 13, 2004
ATF probe of gangs results in 18 arrests (Washington, DC): Authorities have arrested 18 suspected gang members and associates in the Washington area on gun and drug charges as part of a crackdown on a persistent problem plaguing some Latino neighborhoods, law enforcement officials said. The investigation, which involved ATF and DC police, began in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Northwest Washington and eventually expanded into Virginia and Maryland. Twelve people were arrested in the District and six in Virginia and Maryland. Authorities said investigators targeted the gangs MS-13, Mara R, Vatos Locos, 1-5 Amigos, and the STC (Street Thug Criminals). Residents and police in the region have become increasingly concerned with gangs. Last summer, four people were killed and two were injured in gang-related rivalries in a two-month period in Northwest Washington.
Source: The Washington Post Date: February 13, 2004
Suspect arrested in gang shootings (Spokane, WA): Spokane police detectives arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with a series of gang-related shootings in the West Central neighborhood in recent weeks. The suspect, who is believed to be involved in a gang-related shooting on January 30, was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms. Police are still searching for another 18-year-old suspect who they believe has gang connections.
Source: The Spokesman-Review Date: February 13, 2004
San Diego gang shooting (San Diego, CA): Two men were wounded in a drive-by shooting in Logan Heights, police said. The men were standing on a street when two men in a vehicle shouted gang slogans. At least one of the men in the car fired several rounds at the victims before the driver sped away. Both men were taken to a hospital for treatment and are expected to survive. The victims were unable to give police a description of the vehicle or the men inside. Investigation is ongoing.
Source: City News Service Date: February 13, 2004
Eleven youths arrested in school-related shootings (Wichita, KS): Wichita police arrested 11 people in two separate school-related shootings in which no one was injured. In the first incident, a 17-year-old boy, in a group of juveniles, fired several shots at three youths. The confrontation, which police believe was gang-related, stemmed from a fight earlier in the day at West High School, an officer said. Eight juveniles, six boys and two girls, ages 14 to 17, have been booked into a juvenile detention facility on suspicion of aggravated assault and unlawful assembly. In a separate shooting near Alcott Academy Middle School, police arrested two juveniles and an 18-year-old. According to police, someone in a vehicle fired one shot toward a student leaving the school. The three have been booked into a juvenile detention facility or jail on aggravated assault charges.
Source: The Wichita Eagle Date: February 12, 2004
Street gang bill moves to Senate floor (Columbia, SC): A bill that defines a criminal street gang as a group of three or more people who go by a common name or use common identifying signs, symbols, or colors and engage in violent and nonviolent crimes is heading to the Senate for approval. The bill originally called for additional prison sentences and property forfeiture for people convicted of gang-related crimes. It also would have allowed for prosecution of people not involved in a crime if they were part of a criminal gang. Both additions were scrapped as black legislators threatened to block the bill during arguments about how a gang law may affect blacks more than whites.
Source: The Myrtle Beach Sun-News Date: February 11, 2004
Two charged, one sought in deadly drive-by shooting (Palmdale, CA): Two men, ages 18 and 20, have been charged in a gang-related drive-by shooting that killed an 18-year-old man and wounded three others outside a west Palmdale home. The location of the shooting was known as a hangout for members of a street gang. The two men are not members of a gang, but each have been charged with murder, attempted murder, and street terrorism. Police are still searching for a third suspect, who they believe is a gang member.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: February 11, 2004
Teen accused in shooting (Portland, OR): A 16-year-old boy accused of firing the bullet that hit a 14-year-old girl outside a Northeast Portland party will be charged as an adult for Measure 11 crimes, prosecutors said. Police said that the boy allegedly fired the gun while standing in a crowd of teenagers and that the girl was the unintended victim. However, there is conflicting information of the incident being a drive-by shooting. A probable-cause affadavit contains statements from several teenagers at the scene saying that the boy was seen standing with a large revolver just before a car approached. Police have not said why they thought the shooting was gang-related, but one teenager said someone yelled "young thugs" as the car passed. "Young Thugs" is the name of an emerging gang in North and Northeast Portland.
Source: The Oregonian Date: February 10, 2004
Youth gets prison for murder at 15 (Utah): A 16-year-old boy was sentenced to five years to life for murder and one to 15 years for aggravated assault in a shooting that left a 21-year-old man dead and his brother injured. In August, the boy and his friends had a minor confrontation with the victim and three family members at an auto parts store. The boy left but then returned with the gun hidden under a jacket. He started shooting when the man approached. The boy is a member of the King Mafia Disciples gang. Prosecutors say the victims have no gang affiliation.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: February 10, 2004
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