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Gang violence waning, but not gone (Bloomington and Normal, IL): In Bloomington and Normal, law enforcement and the community are keeping a close eye on the cities' gang activity to avoid the same level of violence that occurred in 2002 and early 2003. During the first half of 2003, there was steady gang activity. Although gang violence decreased in the second half of the year, police warn the public to not assume the worst is over. Through December 31, 2003, there were 36 gang-motivated crimes, 19 of which involved the possession or use of a firearm. That statistic is noticeably down from 2002, when 51 gang-motivated offenses were reported, including 29 gun crimes ranging from possession to murder. According to a Bloomington police criminal intelligence analyst, the recent drop-off in gang crime is due partly to more gang members being put in prison. Police estimate there are currently more than 500 gang members in the Twin Cities.
Source: The Pantagraph Date: March 13, 2004
Drive-by shootings suspect pursued (Bernalillo and Albuquerque, NM): Police are looking for a 25-year-old man they say is a local gang member responsible for five drive-by shootings and for threatening a woman. Police believe that the incidents are in retaliation for a February 20 shooting which involved two men belonging to rival gangs. One man was fatally shot in that incident. The suspect's cousin, 21, was arrested in connection to a drive-by shooting which occurred on March 4. Three homes have been the targets of the recent shootings, but no one has been injured.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: March 13, 2004
Police still seeking clues in teen's shooting death (Anaheim, CA): In Anaheim, police are investigating a gang-related shooting that left an 18-year-old woman dead. Police believe the woman was a bystander in the shooting, which was believed to be prompted by gang rivalry. The woman was shot by a gunman while talking to a group of friends, which included some suspected gang members.
Source: The Orange County Register Date: March 12, 2004
Teen held on suspicion of attempted homicide (Salinas, CA): A 17-year-old Salinas boy was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide during a gang-related shooting, police said. The teen shot at a 16-year-old boy, who was holding his niece in the parking lot of an apartment complex when the shots were fired. The victim was hit three times, but the wounds were not life-threatening, police said. The suspect was taken to Juvenile Hall.
Source: Monterey County Herald Date: March 12, 2004
Man slain outside Oxnard store (Oxnard, CA): A 28-year-old man was fatally shot in a gang-related attack outside an Oxnard liquor store, police said. According to a store employee, the victim walked out of the store and was shot several times. Two cars were seen leaving the scene. The killing is the fifth homicide in Oxnard this year.
Source: Ventura County Star Date: March 11, 2004
Teen hospitalized after stabbing (San Diego, CA): A 17-year-old boy was stabbed several times during a fight at a house in Grant Hill, police said. Police were looking for two men and a woman who left in a van after the fight. The victim is a gang member, but it was unclear if his gang affiliation had anything to do with the attack. The teen's condition was unavailable.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: March 11, 2004
Bernalillo home hit by gunfire once again (Albuquerque, NM): A third gang-related drive-by shooting has plagued a family's home in Bernalillo, police said. The home has been a target of gang violence since the shooting death of a known gang member on February 20. According to police and the family, the shooter was a known rival gang member and was a longtime friend who once lived at their house. Police responded to the first shooting at the home on February 22. A second shooting occurred on March 4 when the windows of the home were blasted out with a shotgun. In the most recent shooting, four rounds were fired. No one was injured. In addition, two drive-by shootings at other homes are under investigation. One man has been arrested so far in this case.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: March 10, 2004
Teen to be tried as adult in fatal stabbing at park (Chula Vista, CA): A 16-year-old boy, who police say is a gang member, will be tried as an adult in the stabbing death of an 18-year-old man, a judge ruled. The victim and two friends were going to Eucalyptus Park to play with a paintball gun when they saw the suspect and his friends spray-painting graffiti near a baseball field. One of the suspect's friends, age 20, walked up to them and asked the victim's friend, "Where are you from?" After the friend said he did not belong to a gang, he was struck in the face, police said. The victim and his friends ran away and called for help outside an apartment. The victim had suffered stab wounds and died before the police and paramedics arrived. Police found graffiti identifying individual gang members at the park.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: March 10, 2004
Broadview teen on bike slain by shooter in car (Cicero, IL): A 17-year-old boy was killed in an apparent gang-related shooting in Cicero, police said. The boy was riding his bicycle through an intersection when someone in a passing car fired shots at him. It is unclear whether any words were exchanged before the shooting. No information was disclosed about why police believe the killing was gang-related.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: March 9, 2004
Partygoer killed in suspected drive-by (Anaheim, CA): An 18-year-old Anaheim woman was killed in an apparent gang-related drive-by shooting at a party. The woman, who police said was not a gang member, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: March 9, 2004
Men approach, shoot teenager (Salinas, CA): A 16-year-old boy walking in an apartment complex was shot several times in Salinas. According to police, the boy was approached by three to four men who asked questions about his gang affiliation and shot him. His wounds are considered non-life-threatening. No arrests have been made.
Source: Monterey County Herald Date: March 9, 2004
Clubbing death is city's first homicide (Santa Rosa, CA): In Santa Rosa, an 18-year-old man was clubbed to death in an incident that appeared to be gang-related, police said. The man was killed after he approached an unidentified pedestrian and displayed a handgun, an officer said. The pedestrian repeatedly clubbed the man and fled. The suspect is still at large.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle Date: March 9, 2004
16-year-old shot after argument (Gwinnett County, GA): A 16-year-old boy was shot by another teen after what police believe was a gang-related argument outside a flea market. The victim was taken to an area hospital and is expected to live.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Date: March 8, 2004
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
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