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Gang feud suspected (Clarkstown, NY): In Nanuet, police are searching for whoever shot two Spring Valley men, ages 18 and 23, in what may have been retaliation for a fight. Neither men suffered life-threatening wounds. Neighbors told police that there had been fights among men associated with different street groups in the area. "The complainants are not being that cooperative, but based on what neighbors have told me, I am leaning toward the shooting being in retaliation for a fight the night before," an officer said. Investigation is continuing.
Source: The Journal News Date: August 27, 2003
Man from Orange wanted in killings (East Orange, NJ): In East Orange, authorities are seeking a 21-year-old man for killing a four-year-old girl and a 21-year-old man in a drive-by shooting. The male victim was trying to protect the girl and her one-year-old playmate when the shots were fired. The suspect is being charged with two counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder, and a firearms charge.
Source: The Record Date: August 27, 2003
Man sentenced to 54 years to life in prison in baby shooting (Youngstown, OH): A 21-year-old man was sentenced to 54 years to life in prison for the drive-by shooting death of a three-month-old baby. The man drove a 25-year-old man to a Youngstown neighborhood and waited in his car while the other man got out and fired at least 10 shots. Bullets ripped through the house, killing the baby in the living room. The 25-year-old also faces aggravated murder charges in the shooting, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in his case. Police believe the shooting resulted from a gang rivalry.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: August 27, 2003
West Side shooting (San Antonio, TX): A man was shot and killed as he broke into a West Side home. The homeowner and his son, ages 51 and 26 respectively, suffered wounds but were reported in good condition. Police are investigating whether or not the shooting was gang related.
Source: San Antonio Express-News Date: August 27, 2003
Cyber slaying (Santa Ana, CA): A 22-year-old male member of the Power of Vietnamese gang was convicted of second-degree murder for supplying a screwdriver to an unknown killer who stabbed a 20-year-old college student outside a cyber cafe. During an earlier trial, his accomplice testified that the 22-year-old had stabbed the victim. That testimony, however, was not allowed in the case. Last month, the accomplice, also 22-years-old, was convicted of first-degree murder, active participation in a street gang, and gang enhancement. His role in the slaying, prosecutors said, was driving the getaway car. Due to his "second striker" status, he now faces a life term with eligibility for parole in about 43 years.
Source: City News Service Date: August 26, 2003
Two people shot, three beaten after weekend of violence (Oakland, CA): Authorities continued investigating a flurry of violent crimes that left two people shot and three beaten. After a fight outside the Woodfin Suites hotel in Emeryville, a man got into his car and chased another vehicle with three occupants down the freeway. One of the three occupants, a 24-year-old man, was shot during the chase while the other two were left unharmed. Authorities say the suspect is still at large and that the incident may have been gang-related.
Source: Alameda Times-Star Date: August 26, 2003
San Diego shooting (San Diego, CA): A 38-year-old man was shot while walking in Lincoln Park in what may have been a gang-related attack. According to police, a passenger in a car shot the victim. The victim's wounds are considered non-life threatening. San Diego gang units were assigned to the investigation.
Source: City News Service Date: August 26, 2003
Teen slain because of cap (Elgin, IL): A 19-year-old man was charged with killing a 16-year-old boy because of the way he wore his baseball cap, police said. The boy was with gang members before getting into a fight with the suspect. The suspect pulled out a gun during the fight and shot the boy at least three times. Police believe the shooting was gang-related.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: August 26, 2003
Suspect arrested in shooting (Wahneta, FL): An 18-year-old girl was shot and killed while hanging out with friends in the front yard of a home, police said. The other girls were injured. A 25-year-old man, who police believe belongs to the Mexican Gang Bangers, has been arrested and charged with the murder.
Source: The Ledger Date: August 26, 2003
18-year-old shot to death in gang fight (Anaheim, CA): An 18-year-old Anaheim boy was fatally shot during a fight between rival gangs, police said. Investigators declined to comment on the cause of the fight. The investigation was continuing.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: August 25, 2003
Suspect arrested in killing of Alpaugh man (Visalia, CA): Police arrested a 21-year-old male suspect for fatally shooting a 20-year-old man. The victim was sitting in his car at a fast-food restaurant drive-thru when he was shot. According to police, the suspect was booked on suspicion of murder and gang-related crimes. The victim was a known gang member and was wearing a jersey signifying his gang affiliation when he was shot. No one else was injured.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: August 25, 2003
Shooting injures Lake Elsinore boy (Lake Elsinore, CA): A 12-year-old Lake Elsinore boy was wounded in a drive-by shooting, police said. The boy was walking with his mother and brother when a passenger in a passing car began firing at them, police said. As many as 12 shots may have been fired. The boy was treated at a hospital and released. Police have no motive for the shooting, and no arrests have been made.
Source: Press Enterprise Date: August 25, 2003
Gas station shooting (Chicago, IL): Two 19-year-old men were shot, one fatally, in a suspected gang dispute at a South Side gas station, police said. The two were filling up their van when a man walked up to the passenger side of the vehicle and fired several shots, striking both men. The shooter jumped the fence and fled. The wounded man was in critical condition, police said.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: August 25, 2003
Schools look for hints of gang activity (Rockland County, NY): With the increase of street gangs across Rockland, school districts have taken steps to keep gang influence out of the classroom. Currently, most schools prohibit students from wearing gang paraphernalia; combinations of distinct colors, beads, hats, do-rags, or jewelry. In the past year, police, administrators, and teachers have been trained to identify signs of gang activity, though most said they had seen little gang violence in schools. If found guilty of gang activity or violence, students could face suspension and even the possibility of being transferred from the school to programs for troubled youths within a district. In April, four students were transferred out of Spring Valley High after being suspended for beating a teenager as part of a gang initiation. Currently, all high schools have private security guards to watch over the students.
Source: The Journal News Date: August 25, 2003
Two dead in night of mayhem in Hub (Dorchester and Mattapan, MA): Boston police are investigating three incidents that occurred within a 24-hour time span. The series of events started when a Hispanic male in his 20s was fatally stabbed. "Investigators believe that a struggle between the victim and persons congregating on the street ensued and the victim was stabbed several times," a Boston police officer said. Less than eight hours later, a 29-year-old man was fatally shot as he sat behind the wheel of his car at a traffic light in Mattapan. He was shot by a suspect who was on foot, according to police. Lastly, a man and a woman, ages 24 and 22, respectively, were arrested for assault with a deadly weapon when they shot from an idling car in front of a Dorchester home. No one was injured.
Source: Boston Herald Date: August 25, 2003
Culture of fear (Columbus, GA): According to local police and court records, children in Columbus are carrying more weapons such as firearms, knives, and converted household items. A review of Columbus Police Department and Columbus Juvenile Court cases from 1998 through mid-August 2003 shows juveniles with firearms have been apprehended in greater numbers each of the last two years, with this year's cases threatening to match or exceed those years' totals. With more than a third of 2003 remaining, Columbus police have already arrested 23 juveniles for firearms violations this year, compared to a total of 32 in 2002 and 25 in 2001. An officer from the Youth Services Division said many teenagers have felt more threatened, particularly with formation of youth gangs in many neighborhoods. "Because of that, kids feel the need to protect themselves, and the ultimate protection is the ability to take somebody else's life," the officer said.
Source: Ledger-Enquirer Date: August 24, 2003
DC schools gather experts for dialogue on gang activity (Washington, DC): After a summer of increased violence, DC public school and law enforcement officials recently met to discuss how to curtail gang activity during the coming school year. The goal of the effort by the public schools, the city's Department of Parks and Recreation, and DC police, along with police and school officials from Montgomery, Prince George's, Fairfax, and Prince William counties, is to identify gang or crew members across the region and to prevent recruitment of students into the groups.
Source: The Washington Post Date: August 23, 2003
Judge OKs ban on activities by Oceanside gang (Oceanside, CA): Twenty male members of Oceanside's Center Street gang will be banned from gathering in public, wearing gang garb, blocking others on the street, and using "gang hand signs" in a one-square-mile area of Oceanside, a judge ruled. Each of the 20 defendants has been convicted of crimes ranging from drug offenses to robbery. Only one, who is 17, is a juvenile. The deputy district attorney contended that members of the Center Street gang have repeatedly committed crimes of violence against Oceanside residents, including robberies, beatings, stabbings, and shootings. Additionally, gang members continually trespass on private property to intimidate and harass residents, and have defaced public and private property.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: August 23, 2003
Murder charges filed (Lancaster, CA): A 36-year-old ex-convict faces a possible death sentence after being charged with murder in the slayings of two 27-year-old men who were shot to death in a possible gang-related car-to-car shooting. He faces two counts of murder and one count each of attempted murder, burglary, and evading police. The attempted-murder charge refers to a woman in the victim's car who was wounded in the shooting.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: August 23, 2003
Elmira officers suspect gang involvement in stabbing (Elmira, NY): Elmira City police were seeking suspects that seriously wounded a 19-year old man. The victim was attacked by four or five men who entered his apartment through the back door and stabbed him several times, police said. Since the attackers were dressed in a similar fashion, police suspect the incident may be gang-related. Investigation is continuing.
Source: Star-Gazette Date: August 23, 2003
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