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Gang activity infiltrates Vineland (Vineland, NJ): Law enforcement officials made 24 arrests in a raid at the Vineland Garden Apartments, preventing a potential violent confrontation between Latin King members from its Philadelphia and North Jersey sects. The members are battling over what is believed to be a lucrative drug market in South Jersey, police said. Vineland appears to be a target area because of its size and large Hispanic population. The Latin Kings operate in Newark, Elizabeth, Camden, Jersey City, Perth Amboy, and Atlantic City. "This is a well-organized gang with structured command levels," a police chief said. "We believe we were able to remove the Philadelphia members before their counterparts from North Jersey arrived."
Source: The Daily Journal Date: March 19, 2004
Shootings in Mesa Margarita not random acts (Oceanside, CA): Oceanside police are increasing their patrols after multiple gang-related shootings involving Hispanic, Samoan, and black gangs from the Mesa Margarita area. On Sunday, in two non-related shootings, a 23-year-old man suffered non-life-threatening wounds after being shot at a 7-Eleven store, and a 41-year-old woman was wounded after shots were fired into a garage. On Tuesday, another 23-year-old man was wounded after exchanging words with a passerby. In a separate incident, shots were fired into a house, but no one was injured. In the last reported shooting, a gunman walked up to a partially open garage door and fired several rounds. No one was injured. "These are not random acts," an officer said. The shooters are targeting specific individuals and residences, he said.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: March 18, 2004
Arrest is made in Minneapolis shooting (Minneapolis, MN): Minneapolis police are holding a 34-year-old man in connection with a February homicide that may have been part of a gang feud. The suspect, a confirmed member of the Mickey Cobras, said he was on his way to turn himself in on a traffic warrant when he was spotted near the Hennepin County jail. The victim, a 31-year-old man, was killed by shots fired from a passing vehicle as he attended a vigil for a friend who had died a few days prior in a drive-by shooting. Both victims were affiliated with the Shotgun Crips.
Source: Star Tribune Date: March 18, 2004
Teens face prison time for graffiti (Sheboygan, WI): Two 19-year-old men will face trial on charges of criminal damage to religious property for allegedly writing graffiti on a north-side church building. The two are charged with spray-painting graffiti indicating ties to the Mexican Posse street gang on Evangelical Free Church. Other nearby businesses in the vicinity were also hit with graffiti, but the property damage to the church is a felony offense, punishable by up to 3 1/2 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Source: Sheboygan Press Date: March 18, 2004
Man stabbed in fight outside apartment (San Diego, CA): A 19-year-old man was stabbed in a fight after he and his friends drove up to an apartment in Mount Hope, police said. As the man and his three friends got out of their car, three or four men approached them making comments related to a street gang. The two groups began fighting, and the 19-year-old was stabbed. The wound did not appear to be life-threatening.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: March 17, 2004
Five held, one sought in teen's murder (Cook County, IL): Five teens, ranging in age from 16 to 18, were arrested and charged in the stabbing and murder of a 16-year-old teen. All five suspects will face one charge of first-degree murder and one charge of aggravated battery. Law enforcement officials say the motive for the attack was a feud between rival street gangs in the Maine Township area.
Source: Daily Herald Date: March 17, 2004
Gunshot an unsettling wake-up call (Lowell, MA): Police are investigating two shootings in Lowell that are believed to be gang-related. In both shootings, houses were fired upon, but no one was injured. Police arrested a 22-year-old man for his involvement in the first shooting. He was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, armed assault with intent to murder, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building. The suspect is said to be a member of a street gang, and police believe the shooting may have stemmed from a dispute with another group. There have been no arrests in connection with the second shooting. However, police did arrest a 17-year-old boy, also a member of a street gang, who repeatedly used vulgar language toward an officer who ordered him to stop for questioning.
Source: The Lowell Sun Date: March 17, 2004
Police think deadly shoot-out gang-related (San Antonio, TX): A 15-year-old boy was fatally shot, and a 17-year-old boy was wounded in what police say was likely a gang-related shoot-out. The shooting occurred in the parking lot of Mittman Fine Foods when the 15-year-old and a friend were confronted by a group of seven or eight young men. The groups exchanged words, and guns were drawn. The 15-year-old victim had a small-caliber weapon, police said. After several shots were fired, someone pulled out a shotgun and ended the gunfight. Police said the boy likely injured the 17-year-old with a gunshot wound. Police have not made any arrests.
Source: San Antonio Express-News Date: March 17, 2004
Police break up DC's largest PCP ring (Washington, DC): Law enforcement officials have dismantled the largest PCP ring in DC after a two-year investigation that targeted a Northeast Washington gang and its suppliers in New York. Twenty-six people face charges in the case, but authorities only have 20 suspects in custody at this point. The drug ring allegedly distributed PCP to customers from DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Source: The Washington Post Date: March 17, 2004
Police investigate stabbing deaths (Las Vegas, NV): Police are investigating whether gang members are responsible for two separate stabbing deaths. A 24-year-old man was stabbed to death after fighting with a group of people in an apartment complex parking lot. The victim, who was sitting with three other men, was approached by a group of young adults, and a confrontation ensued, police said. Another man was also stabbed, but his wounds were not life-threatening. Police believe the group that stabbed the men may have been involved in another fatal stabbing that occurred only a few hours later. In that incident, gang members exchanged words with members of another gang. Two men and one woman were wounded during the stabbing. According to police, an 18-year-old man died from his wounds.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: March 16, 2004
Three men injured in two shootings (San Diego, CA): In San Diego, three young men were injured in two separate gang-related shootings, which occurred 15 minutes apart, police said. In the first shooting, two 18-year-old men were standing at an intersection in the Mountain View area when a car pulled up next to them and someone yelled out a gang name. Several shots were fired in their direction, striking one man three times and grazing the other man. The second shooting occurred when a 22-year-old man was crossing a street in Mount Hope. A car pulled up next to him, and someone yelled out a gang name. Several shots were fired at the man, striking him once, police said. The victims' injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: March 15, 2004
Man shot, killed at apartment (Las Vegas, NV): A man in his 30s was shot and killed at an apartment complex in Las Vegas. The victim was gunned down as he tried to enter his apartment, police said. Witnesses told police they believe the slaying may have been gang-related. No arrests have been made.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: March 15, 2004
Two slain, two hurt in shooting at midtown club (Sacramento, CA): Police are investigating a gang-related shooting outside a Sacramento nightclub that left two men dead and two men injured. Authorities said the violence occurred as two groups of men traded angry words over a "disrespect issue," and shots were fired. No arrests have been made.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: March 14, 2004
Two arrested in shooting (Fresno, CA): Police arrested two men, ages 19 and 30, in a drive-by shooting in southeast Fresno. Two men in an SUV pulled into an apartment complex, one of the men opened fire on a group of men there, and fled, police said. No one was hit by the gunfire. According to police, the vehicle was spotted a short time later, and the two men were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon with gang enhancements.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: March 14, 2004
Shooting at Cypress club leaves one dead (Cypress, CA): In Cypress, one woman was killed, and four people were wounded in a gang-related shooting at the Fifth Wave Cafe, police said. The club, which is frequented by many Korean Americans, had about 200 people there when the shooting occurred inside. The killers fled in a car and were believed to be members of Los Angeles County gangs, police said. Police are looking for three suspects.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: March 14, 2004
Deputies crack down on gang crime (Sacramento, CA): Sacramento authorities are cracking down on what has become a violent and gang-ridden beginning to 2004. Since January, there have been 19 homicides, following 38 in all of 2003. Recently, more than 40 officers were tasked with patrolling south Sacramento, an area with an unusual spike in shootings and attacks, looking for anything related to drug sales, illegal weapons, and gang activity. One night of patrolling brought several arrests, including a 27-year-old Norteno member who tried to avoid officers after they spotted him riding a bicycle without a headlight on a dark street. He was arrested on two warrants totaling $20,000. A 24-year-old Norteno member was arrested after officers pulled up to an illegally parked car with three occupants. Upon searching the car, an officer found crack cocaine paraphernalia in the man's pockets. The man also admitted to having a warrant out for his arrest for violating parole. A total of 22 arrests were made that night, with two more just after midnight. Most involved gun and drug charges.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: March 14, 2004
Riverhead acts to deter gang troubles (Riverhead, NY): The Riverhead school district launched a pilot program this semester aimed at discouraging gang violence. The program is modeled after a program, developed by the National Council for Unity, which focuses on reducing violence and gang activity in schools and communities. The program was adopted as a preventative measure since teen gangs have become a growing concern on Long Island. Nearly 40 upper-grade students are participating in the program. The techniques used range from "empowering" youngsters and building self-esteem through special programs, to establishing community partnerships that devise ways to deal with the threat of gang violence.
Source: Newsday Date: March 14, 2004
Suspects of gang-related shooting arrested (Pasadena, CA): In East Valinda, a man and woman, both 26, were arrested by deputies in the shooting death of a 19-year-old man on his front lawn. Gang experts at the sheriff's Industry Station say the shooting is gang-related because the individuals involved are known gang members.
Source: Pasadena Star-News Date: March 13, 2004
Gunman opens fire in tattoo parlor (North Hills, CA): Police are searching for a man who opened fire in a tattoo parlor, wounding three people. The gunman walked into the shop, opened fire, then fled in a car, police said. The shooting is believed to be gang-related.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: March 13, 2004
Teen stabbed, beaten to death (Park Ridge, IL): A 16-year-old male was stabbed and beaten to death near an apartment complex in Maine Township in what police believe was a gang-related attack, authorities said. The teenager was stabbed repeatedly and beaten with two-by-fours, according to authorities. A second victim was taken to a hospital. No arrests have been made.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: March 13, 2004
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