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Teen killed in possible drive-by gang shooting (Sacramento, CA): An 18-year-old was killed and two others were taken to area hospitals after an apparent drive-by shooting. Shots were fired from a passing vehicle, authorities said. The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department is investigating the possibility of gang connections.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: March 8, 2004
43 gang members arrested (Fresno, CA): A surge in gang violence in southwest Fresno led police to the arrest of 43 suspected gang members. Gangs were suspected in four drive-by shootings in the area in the first two weeks in February. Police confiscated guns and arrested suspected gang members in connection with parole violations, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and other crimes. "Since that time, we haven't had any reported shootings of that kind, and we're hoping that the effort sends a message to gang members not just in southwest, but in any part of the city, that we're going to respond immediately and we're going to make sure that we're not going to tolerate that sort of activity," an officer said.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: March 8, 2004
Alleged gang member killed (Tulsa, OK): A 21-year-old man, who police say is a gang member, was fatally shot. The man was found with multiple gunshot wounds in a car near the police department's Uniform Division North, police said. Police believe multiple shooters were involved. The slaying is the fifth homicide police have connected to gang activity this year.
Source: Tulsa World Date: March 8, 2004
Police suspect gang activity in stabbing (San Antonio, TX): A 19-year-old man was arrested after what police say was a gang-related stabbing at the Rivercenter mall. The man was charged with deadly conduct after stabbing at least four of 15 individuals when he thought his brother's life was at stake, a police source said. The investigation is ongoing.
Source: San Antonio Express-News Date: March 8, 2004
Gang fights surging in state prisons (Limon, CO): After a melee on February 28, involving 24 members of rival gangs, officials at the Limon Correctional Facility sent 13 prisoners to another prison. All of the remaining inmates are under lockdown. It was the eighth gang fight in a Colorado prison involving at least eight and as many as 30 inmates in six months, an intelligence official said. The director of prisons also added that gangs in Colorado prisons are becoming more organized and violent in resolving prison disputes between rival groups. In recent months, the number of inmates involved in fights has risen from an average of about 10 to more than 20, prison authorities said.
Source: The Denver Post Date: March 7, 2004
Suspects sought in shooting in West Valley (West Valley, UT): West Valley police were looking for suspects in a gang-related shooting that left a 23-year-old man wounded. Officers were originally called to a fight in progress at a house, a call that was upgraded to a shooting while they were en route. The man's injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.
Source: Deseret News Date: March 7, 2004
Prisons go high-tech to watch gangs (Iowa): Iowa prison officials are taking part in a pilot project to better track inmate gangs by using computer technology from the federal government. The National Institute of Justice, a federal research and development agency, has chosen Iowa's prison system to participate in the anti-gang project. A special "data mining" software program will analyze existing information in the Iowa Department of Corrections' computer system. The system has information about an inmate's criminal history, family, visiting list, education, treatment programs, and parole board activity. "This will help us get a better picture. For example, it will tell us visiting patterns of certain visitors to institutions. It will point out to us that certain visitors are seeing this inmate here and another inmate there and we may not have realized that," an official said. Currently, Iowa's prisons have about 8,600 inmates, and close to 500 inmates are gang members. There could be more than a dozen Iowa prison gangs, including the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood; black gangs such as the Vice Lords, Crips, and Bloods; and a growing number of Latino gangs, such as the Mexican Mafia.
Source: The Des Moines Register Date: March 6, 2004
Two men sue police chief over Old Port ostracism (Portland, ME): Two members of the FSU Posse street gang are suing Portland Police Department's police chief and one of its lieutenants for a policy aimed at keeping their members out of bars in Portland's Old Port section. The federal suit claims the department violated gang members' civil rights by circulating their names and pictures among bar owners. Police warned that serving the men could affect renewal of liquor licenses.
Source: Portland Press Herald Date: March 6, 2004
Gunman opens fire at school (Los Angeles, CA): A 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl were wounded during a shooting in front of Soledad Enrichment Action Charter School. Police believe that the boy was the intended victim and may have been in a gang-related dispute with the shooter. According to police, four to six shots were fired on a group of 20 students as they were arriving at the school. After the shooting, the gunman left in a waiting car.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: March 6, 2004
Gwinnett grand jury (Gwinnett County, GA): A recent grand jury report warns of the increasing problem with gangs and drugs in Gwinnett County. "Despite the excellent work of our law enforcement officials, Gwinnett County is losing the war on drugs and gangs," the report says. Police have identified 175 gangs with as many as 1,800 members operating in Gwinnett. Last year, of the 3,441 felony cases that reached Gwinnett Superior Court, 918 were drug cases, the report said. Just a few days after the report, a 39-year-old woman was seriously wounded during a gang-related shooting in Lawrenceville.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Date: March 5, 2004
Probe leads to drugs and cash (Omaha, NE): A six-week investigation by local and federal law enforcement agencies led to the arrests of seven men, including two members of the Los Angeles-based 18th Street Gang. The men are accused of operating in and around Omaha, selling drugs to gang members in the city, a sergeant from the Omaha Police Department's gang unit said. Five of the men, ranging in age from 21 to 30, have been charged in Douglas County Court with drug possession with intent to deliver. The other two men, ages 25 and 37, were charged with delivery of a controlled substance. Police do not believe any of the men are from Omaha.
Source: Omaha World-Herald Date: March 5, 2004
Four Asians arrested in street gang probe (San Diego, CA): Federal agents arrested four immigrants from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and the Philippines as part of a crackdown on Asian gangs called Operation Bamboo Serpent. The four have convictions for burglary, drugs, and firearms violations. Three of the four are linked to the Asian Boy Soldiers gang. Officials say more arrests are expected.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: March 5, 2004
Shooting suspect charged (Salt Lake City, UT): A 19-year-old man has been charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault, and theft for his alleged role in a shooting in Salt Lake City. According to court records, the man used a taser gun to take a man against his will to a home. When the owner refused to answer the door, the man allegedly fired a handgun through the wall, hitting the owner. Police believe the incident is gang-related. The suspect was arrested at his residence that evening. A stolen shotgun and handgun used in the shooting were found in the trunk of his car.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: March 5, 2004
Gang strike force targeted for elimination (Minneapolis, MN): The Minnesota Gang Strike Force has been targeted for elimination once again due to budgetary reasons, and officials said that its functions may be spread among other state agencies. Under the recommendation of the Department of Public Safety, the Strike Force will be merged with the Minnesota Drug Task Forces, which consists of 22 regional units. Once renamed, a metro gang strike force would be created among the other regional units. Last year, the Minnesota Gang Strike Force's funding was reduced by $3 million. If the $1.5 million request by the Strike Force is not granted, the merger seems imminent.
Source: Star Tribune Date: March 4, 2004
Police link killing to January gang slaying (St. Louis, MO): St. Louis police say a fatal shooting may be linked to a gang killing in January. A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed as he was driving a car, and his brother and another 17-year-old were both wounded. According to police, a gunman in another car fired the shots. The shooting happened on the turf of the JVL street gang, one of the city's more violent gangs, police said. Detectives believe the shooting was linked to the killing of a 23-year-old gang member on January 30.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Date: March 3, 2004
Cops see gang link in knifing (Suffern, NY): A 22-year-old Suffern man, who police said is affiliated with the Bloods and Outlaws street gang, was charged with a slashing attack that left an 18-year-old man with about 120 stitches. The victim was talking on his cell phone when a man approached him asking if he was a gang member, according to police. The victim told the suspect, "No, leave me alone." The suspect left but approached the victim several minutes later and then asked the victim, "Are you a Blood?" Without warning, the suspect took out a razor or box cutter and swiped the victim across the face.
Source: The Journal News Date: March 3, 2004
Civil injunction issued against Oceanside gang (Vista, CA): A judge approved a long list of restrictions against 25 members of an Oceanside street gang intended to keep them from intimidating residents within a specified area. The order makes it a misdemeanor for anyone named in the suit to associate with another known gang member, wear gang-related clothing, or display gang hand signs within the designated area. Violators could be punished with jail terms, fines, or both. Other prohibitions in the order include carrying weapons, selling drugs, painting graffiti, fighting, trespassing, littering, and harassing anyone within a determined safety zone. This is the second civil injunction the District Attorney's Office has filed against the gang. The first came in 1997 against 28 known gang members.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: March 3, 2004
Council approves funds to enlarge gang unit (Forth Worth, TX): Fort Worth City Council members unanimously approved spending $780,000 to more than double the police department's gang unit. The funds will add 20 positions to the current 13 officers, restoring cuts made after a 2002 study that recommended that the unit be reassigned to patrol. The current decision was prompted by a recent rise in gang crime, which was up 77 percent in 2003 over 2002. The police chief blamed the increase on a combination of factors including the steady release of gang members from state prisons, an increase in the number of teenagers, and popular culture's tendency to romanticize gang life.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram Date: March 3, 2004
Southeast Dallas gang members sentenced (Dallas, TX): The U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney's Office, announced that five members of a violent, drug-dealing Southeast Dallas gang were sentenced in federal court by a Northern District of Texas U.S. District Judge. The defendants, ages 21 to 28, were sentenced to prison terms ranging from more than 12 years to 30 years. The five defendants were members of the UNC and PGC street gangs and had a long history of working together to sell drugs in Dallas. The street on which they sold drugs had developed into a place where a person could go, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to buy cocaine. The UNC and PGC street gangs maintained control of the street, with the use of firearms, for their own profit-making purpose.
Source: The United States Department of Justice Date: March 3, 2004
Fun Dome shooting gets teen life term (Murray, UT): A 16-year-old gang member, who shot into a crowd of 17 people last year outside Murray's Fun Dome, was sentenced to prison for up to life. The boy fired at least 17 bullets at a group of boys following a verbal altercation. Three of the victims were family members celebrating a birthday. The boy's getaway driver, age 19, was sentenced last year to one year in jail.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: March 3, 2004
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