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Hill Girls' gang preys on women (San Francisco, CA): The Hill Girls, a group of about 20 African-American women, have been attacking other women in San Francisco since the beginning of this year. The group, which police say is the first female gang in San Francisco, resides in Potrero Hill's public housing. So far all of the attacks have been on women of all ages who are either African American or Latino. In some cases, the gang members selectively singled out their victims for their connections or romantic involvement with men or boyfriends, police said. Others appear to be randomly selected, such as one woman who brushed up against one of the gang members on a bus. A gang member apparently used her cell phone to call other gang members to "jump" the victim after she got off the bus. San Francisco police say they will ask the district attorney to classify the group as a criminal street gang, a move that would stiffen the penalties for those arrested in connection with the attacks.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle Date: September 3, 2003
West Side teen found fatally shot after abduction (Chicago, IL): A 17-year-old West Side boy who was abducted on August 25 was found shot to death in what police believe was a gang-related incident. No arrests have been made.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: September 3, 2003
Rewards offered for Boot Camp members (Syracuse, NY): Seven members of the Syracuse Boot Camp gang are being sought by police after the arrests of 18 of their associates in June and July. Six of the seven are wanted on federal racketeering charges, and four of the six also are wanted for federal drug trafficking, said police. In June, a federal grand jury indicted 24 members of the gang, accusing members of using violence to protect its drug trade on the city's South Side during the past eight years. The members were indicted under the federal Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act, the first time the act has been used against a street gang in Syracuse, prosecutors said. The seven members remain at large and have been reported to be in and out of Syracuse; some even traveling out of state. Agencies involved in this investigation include: Syracuse police, Onondaga County sheriff's deputies, agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the U.S. Attorney's office.
Source: The Post-Standard Date: September 3, 2003
Two men injured in Santa Ana shooting (Santa Ana, CA): Two men were injured in a possible gang-related shooting in a commercial area of Santa Ana, police said. One man was in fair condition, and the second remained in serious condition. Police have no information on the shooter.
Source: The Orange County Register Date: September 2, 2003
Three sought in Ventura shooting (Ventura, CA): Police are searching for a gunman and two accomplices for the fatal shooting of a 28-year-old man and the wounding of his cousin outside a Red Barn liquor store. The suspects, two males and a female, were approached by the 28-year-old, and after words were exchanged, one of the suspects opened fire. The 23-year-old cousin was shot twice, but expected to survive. The three suspects fled in a vehicle from the parking lot.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: September 2, 2003
Gang rivalry cited in shooting (Denver, CO): Denver police say the wounding of five individuals and the death of a 28-year-old man are the result of gang rivalry. The victims were shot as they left a sports bar and grill. Police believe the shooter climbed a chain-link fence high enough to look over the wooden fence surrounding the bar and shot at the crowd. Investigators say it appears the shooting was planned. No one has been arrested in connection with the shooting.
Source: Rocky Mountain News Date: September 2, 2003
Two teenage boys injured in gang-related shooting (Chicago, IL): In South Side Chicago, two teenage boys, ages 16 and 17, were wounded when a male walked up to them, fired shots and left, police said. Both boys were taken to hospitals. Police say the shooting was gang related and that they had no one in custody.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: September 2, 2003
Brawl leads to one dead and two wounded (Paterson, NJ): A 20-year-old man was stabbed to death and two other people, ages 21 and 22, were wounded in what authorities believe was a gang-related brawl. The 20-year-old was stabbed multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene. The 22-year-old was treated at a hospital and released. The wounded 21-year-old and an 18-year-old were charged with murder and weapons offense. Police say that at least six gang members were involved in the brawl, but they were still trying to determine who killed the 20-year-old victim.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: September 2, 2003
Arrests of Juveniles in state down in '02 (Hawaii): The number of arrests of juveniles in connection with serious crime in Hawaii fell for the fifth year in a row in 2002, dropping more than 50 percent in the past decade from between 4,000 and 7,000 per year to fewer than 2,500, according to data released by the state attorney general's office. Of the arrests made in 2002, about 86 percent involved property crimes. Serious crimes are classified as murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. Statewide economic recovery, decreases in overall youth populations in Hawaii, and declining national crime rates were attributed to the decline, said the director of the University of Hawaii's Youth Gang Project.
Source: The Honolulu Advertiser Date: September 1, 2003
Suisun man killed in Fairfield shooting (Fairfield, CA): Police are investigating a possible gang-related shooting in Fairfield that left a 22-year-old man dead. The shooting occurred outside an apartment building after an argument. Witnesses reported that about six shots were fired. Police believe there may have been two or three assailants.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle Date: August 31, 2003
Man fatally shot (Buffalo, NY): A 27-year-old man was fatally shot, and his accused 22-year-old killer is in custody following a late-night attack in the Broadway-Fillmore area. The suspect was charged with second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to Buffalo police. Although detectives do not have a motive yet, shootings in the area have been on an upswing in recent months due to drug dealers trying to control neighborhood trade and street gangs protecting turf.
Source: The Buffalo News Date: August 31, 2003
Man injured in shooting (Hempstead, NY): Police are investigating a possible gang-related shooting that left a 24-year-old Port Washington man wounded. The man was shot as he and a friend were in a apartment complex courtyard. Two men from across the street approached them, and shortly after, shots were fired. The victim is a former member of a local gang, police said. The shooters fled on foot, while the victim and his friend ran in the opposite direction. They were unable to describe their assailants to police.
Source: Newsday Date: August 31, 2003
Police seek three suspects in slaying (Richmond, CA): The Contra Costa District Attorney's Office has issued a criminal complaint against seven defendants, four of whom have already been arrested, in connection with the July 25 slaying of a 23-year-old man in a Richmond public housing project. The three remaining men are being sought on suspicion of murder, conspiracy, aggravated assault, and gang enhancement. The teenage suspects are all thought to be members of a local gang, police said.
Source: Contra Costa Times Date: August 30, 2003
Police hunt for suspects in Russian Jack drive-by shooting incident (Anchorage, AK): Anchorage police are looking for two young men who apparently shot a 20-year-old man from a moving car as the victim stood on an east-side street. The suspects are two black men in their late teens or early 20s. The victim was treated for his injuries.
Source: Anchorage Daily News Date: August 30, 2003
One-man unit up against Avondale gangs (Avondale, AZ): A detective from the Avondale Police Department is spearheading the local effort to keep a lid on gang-related crime. Being the lone member of the Gang Intelligence Unit, he has been able to bring awareness to Avondale's chief of police. Although gangs are no more prevalent in Avondale than in other surrounding areas, being proactive has certainly fared well with the community. A 40-page report by the detective included a proposal to keep the growing community safe from gang members. According to the report there have been 10 different gangs over the years, some of which are no longer active. There are currently six gangs in Avondale, four of which are labeled, "extremely active."
Source: The Arizona Republic Date: August 30, 2003
Complaints of gang activity lead to arrest of two teens (Fort Pierce, FL): Two male teenagers, ages 16 and 17, were arrested after being accused of carrying a gun and planning to shoot rival gang members, police said. The two boys face charges of possessing a firearm illegally, possessing a concealed firearm, armed trespass, and wearing a mask while committing a felony, according to reports. With neighbors complaining about gang activity, including a gang called "V" and another called "113," police were conducting undercover surveillance when three boys were caught walking and putting on bandanas and ski masks. After a brief chase, the boys were apprehended and questioned. They admitted to waiting for members of the 113 gang, who were rumored to be driving through the area. The third boy was released to his family.
Source: Fort Pierce Tribune Date: August 30, 2003
Drive-by leaves one dead, one wounded (San Bernardino, CA): A 42-year-old man was shot and killed during a drive-by shooting in San Bernardino, police said. Another man, age 37, was wounded and in serious condition. The two victims were in a car when another vehicle passed and someone inside began shooting. Police suspect gang members shot them because "they were not from the area," an officer said.
Source: Press Enterprise Date: August 29, 2003
Teen killed, another wounded in shooting (Redwood City, CA): A 16-year-old boy was shot and killed in what authorities are calling a gang-related confrontation in Redwood City. A 17-year-old boy is also in the hospital with gunshot wounds, according to a San Mateo County sheriff's spokeswoman. The 16-year-old was part of a small crowd of rival gang members when words were exchanged and someone from a passing vehicle opened fire at the group. The wounded victim is expected to recover from his injuries.
Source: San Jose Mercury News Date: August 29, 2003
Another man dies in gang drive-by (Cicero, IL): A 23-year-old Cicero man was killed in a drive-by shooting in what police believe is the latest death in a gang feud. The man was shot when someone in a passing car fired three or four shots on the block where he lived. A 22-year-old man who was standing with the victim was also shot and remains hospitalized. The 23-year-old victim is the fourth person killed over the last two months in the ongoing battle between gangs.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: August 29, 2003
Gang member gets probation (Durham, NC): A 16-year-old gang member received four years probation after pleading guilty to shooting into an occupied taxi in June. He was ordered to stay away from other gang members as a condition of probation. The boy was verified by police as a member of the 9 Trey Gangster Bloods, a branch of the United Blood Nation gang.
Source: The Herald-Sun Date: August 29, 2003
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