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Shots fired into group (Ontario, CA): Two men were killed, and four other people were injured after someone fired a gun into a group of partygoers in Ontario, officials said. Officials believe the incident was gang-related. Police arrested a 20- and 24-year-old on suspicion of attempted murder.
Source: The Press-Enterprise Date: October 27, 2003
Six alleged gang members charged (Rochester, NY): Rochester police arrested six Plymouth Rock gang members who may be linked to a series of shootings on the city's west side. The six men, ranging in age from 21 to 27, were arrested after a lengthy police investigation. While none of the men were formally charged in connection with the recent shootings, they are being held on weapons charges. Officials believe they are all involved in the shootings. During one of the most recent shootings, two 20-year-old men and a 21-year-old man were shot at a nightclub.
Source: Democrat & Chronicle Date: October 27, 2003
Gang indictment could result in dealth penalty for one defendant (Boston, MA): Thirteen alleged members of the Stonehurst Crew street gang were charged with dealing drugs and attacking rival gangs in the Boston area, and one man was charged with murder. The indictment alleges that the members sold crack cocaine and marijuana in Boston, Randolph, and Brockton and that the gang warred with at least two other rival gangs. A 24-year-old male was also charged with murder in aid of racketeering. Federal prosecutors could seek the death penalty for the murder charge, but the decision has not been made yet. Although Massachusetts does not have a state capital punishment statute, certain federal crimes carry the death penalty.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: October 25, 2003
County-based drug ring crushed (Ventura County, CA): Members of a Ventura County-based drug ring, who were believed to have moved as much as $600 million of Mexican-grown marijuana through the county on its way to distributors from California to the East Coast, were arrested by federal and local narcotics agents. Four men, who have links to local street gangs, are facing federal narcotics trafficking charges. In addition to these charges, officials indicted the men on charges of money laundering. Officials expect to make additional arrests.
Source: Ventura County Star Date: October 25, 2003
Teen gunned down in Bronx gang attack (Bronx, NY): A 15-year-old high school student was fatally shot after being attacked when he got off a bus. Officials believe the three attackers were retaliating for a brawl earlier in the week. While eight teens were questioned, only two 17-year-olds were arrested in the shooting. Police are searching for a third suspect.
Source: New York Daily News Date: October 25, 2003
Boy wounded in drive-by shooting (Pittsburg, CA): Police are investigating a possible drive-by shooting that wounded a 14-year-old boy in Pittsburg. The shooting may have been a case of mistaken identity, though police suspect the victim had some gang affiliation. The victim was with two other people during the shooting, but they were not injured.
Source: Contra Costa Times Date: October 24, 2003
Gangs can pop up anywhere, police say (Poughkeepsie, NY): "Gangs aren't just an inner-city phenomenon anymore" was the message delivered at a recent conference on street gangs. According to a guest speaker at the event, "Gangs affect all localities -- they are a national problem." The conference was convened so police could trade information about gang activity they are seeing in their communities. Two local experts on gangs say they are seeing an increase in the number of gangs, including nationally-known organizations as well as a substantial number of "home-grown" gangs. Officials stressed the importance of residents working with police to identify and combat street gangs.
Source: Poughkeepsie Journal Date: October 24, 2003
Possible gang activity in Nitro (Nitro, WV): Nitro police and school officials are monitoring a group of about ten high school students who have formed what officials say is a gang. The students sometimes wear the same clothing and call themselves Devious. They have also set up a Web site and record label and have a symbol and other "earmarks of a gang," school officials said.
Source: Charleston Gazette Date: October 24, 2003
Rise in gang activity, severity of fights worry officials (Tucson, AZ): A recent flurry of violence that has hit area schools in Tucson has been a reflection of a national trend. In the first two months of this school year, four districts, Marana, Catalina Foothills, Sunnyside, and Flowing Wells, have reported 62 expulsions or suspensions for fighting and 19 for weapons violations. Nationally, there have been 18 school-related violent deaths, some gang related, and 50 nonfatal incidents this fall. Local police say that the shooting death of a Tucson High student that occurred after school last month involved gangs. "We generally have an increase in gang activity at the beginning of the school year as they (gangs) try to establish themselves, and then it dies down. But it seems like it's a little stronger this year in some places," an officer said.
Source: Tucson Citizen Date: October 23, 2003
City cops find gun, hunt for suspect (Asbury Park, NJ): Police recovered a gun and signed a complaint against a suspect in a gang-related shooting that occurred between Haitian Americans and African Americans. No one was hurt in the gunfire, which took place about two blocks away from the city middle school. Three people seen leaving the scene were questioned by police and released. Police are seeking a suspect but have not yet released the identity of the suspect's gang.
Source: Asbury Park Press Date: October 23, 2003
Ten alleged gang members charged in jail beating death (Newark, NJ): Ten inmates at the Essex County Jail annex have been charged with murder in the gang-related beating death of a 19-year-old inmate. All of the inmates are alleged members of the Crips street gang and were also charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and solicitation or recruitment to join a gang. Most Crips members are housed at the annex in order to keep them away from members of the rival Bloods gang. The victim, who claimed to be a Crips member, was apparently attacked when other Crips members in the annex challenged his claim and insisted he undergo a "beat-down" to be initiated into the gang.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: October 23, 2003
Five alleged gang members charged in man's killing (Waukegan, IL): Five people have been charged with the fatal gang-related shooting of an 18-year-old, police said. According to reports, the victim was walking into a gym with another person, who is believed to be the intended target, when someone inside an SUV opened fire. All five suspects, ranging in age from 15 to 25, are alleged gang members. Three were charged with first-degree murder, and two were charged with mob action.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: October 23, 2003
Council members push ban on spray-paint sales (Washington, DC): Two DC Council members are proposing to ban the sale of spray paint and etching pens to minors in an effort to combat graffiti. The Restricting Minor Access to Graffiti Materials Act of 2003 would prohibit the sale of all graffiti-making materials to anyone under the age of 18. The proposal comes after a summer of increased gang-related shootings and a proliferation of graffiti in Northwest DC neighborhoods. The proposed bill is an amendment to the Anti-Intimidation and Defacing of Public or Private Property Criminal Penalty Act of 1982. It would prohibit the sale of graffiti implements to anyone under 18, make the act of graffiti or sale of graffiti materials to a minor punishable by fines, imprisonment or both, and hold parents accountable for graffiti created by their children. Currently, minors who are charged with defacing property face up to 15 days in a juvenile correctional facility, 24 hours of community service, which includes removing the graffiti, and a $1,000 fine in addition to all other penalties and restoration work. The proposed amendment calls for the fine to be increased to $2,000, and the maximum jail sentence to be extended to 180 days. Some cities including New York City, Denver, and Phoenix already have graffiti laws and "lockup" ordinances which either bar minors from purchasing spray paint or require merchants to either lock up the spray paint or keep it away from the public.
Source: The Washington Times Date: October 23, 2003
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
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