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Gang shooting (Fairfield, CA): An 18-year-old male wanted for a gang-related shooting in late March was shot and killed by police at a Fairfield motel. The suspect shot a 14-year-old boy with alleged gang ties as he sat in a car. The boy survived the shooting. Police said the suspect followed instructions as he exited his motel room. A handgun was tucked into his waistband or pocket, and while it was unclear if he tried to reach for the gun, a police officer opened fire. Police are investigating the shooting and the officer involved has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: May 28, 2003
Drive-by shooting (Los Angeles, CA): A man in his early 20s was wounded during an apparent gang-related drive-by shooting in Jefferson Park, police said. Witnesses gave the police details on the suspects' car.
Source: City News Service Date: May 28, 2003
Teen charged after gun found in backpack at school (Seattle, WA): A King County sheriff's deputy arrested a 17-year-old Evergreen High School student for carrying a pistol in his backpack at school. The boy said he was carrying the gun for protection after a drive-by shooting at his home. He was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. The boy denied any gang affiliation, but after a computer check, a sheriff's detective found him to be a known gang member.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: May 28, 2003
Shooting probe (Annapolis, MD): A 20-year-old was wounded during a drive-by shooting in the Clay Street neighborhood, police said. A witness reported that a small car pulled up, and a passenger with a small shotgun fired in his direction, but he was not injured. He then saw the car turn down the street and heard another shot fired. The wounded victim was treated and released. Police are not sure of the motive for the shooting.
Source: The Capital Date: May 28, 2003
Two shot in drive-by (Fresno, CA): Two people were shot in a drive-by shooting at Frank H. Ball Playground in southwest Fresno. The victims were at the park when people in a passing car yelled gang slogans, fired their handguns, and sped away, police said. Neither of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: May 28, 2003
Drive-by shooting kills one, wounds one (San Bernardino, CA): One man was killed and another man was wounded during a drive-by shooting in San Bernardino, police said. The two men, both in their early 20s, were in front of a house when shots were fired by someone passing by in a car. The surviving victim declined to give police any further information on the cause of the shooting.
Source: Press Enterprise Date: May 28, 2003
Three men killed in holiday violence (Oxnard, CA): Oxnard police are investigating a fatal stabbing and two possible gang-related shootings that occurred during Memorial Day weekend. A 28-year-old Oxnard man was arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing a 33-year-old man, but there were no traces of gang activity as all signs point to a neighborly feud, said a police spokesman. Two men, ages 36 and 29, were shot to death while attending a party. They both stepped outside to smoke cigarettes and were shot by a gunman who walked up, fired, and fled. Although neither of the victims were documented gang members, police say it appeared to be gang-related. The shooter is still being sought.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: May 27, 2003
Gang-related murder (Rohnert Park, CA): An 18-year-old male was fatally shot while playing basketball with friends at a Rohnert Park playground, police said. During the game, a carload of young men arrived and confronted the victim and his friends. Shots were fired, and the victim was hit. Police say the incident appeared to be gang-related, and some suspects have been identified. No arrests have been made.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: May 27, 2003
Car shooting (Los Angeles, CA): A gang-related, car-to-car shooting on the Hollywood Freeway left two men in their 20s with non-life-threatening wounds, police said. Three other other men were in the vehicle with the gunman at the time of the shooting, police said.
Source: City News Service Date: May 27, 2003
Man slain, three wounded in Compton (Compton, CA): Detectives are investigating whether two drive-by shootings in Compton that left one dead and three others wounded, were related. In the first shooting, a vehicle drove by firing shots at a home where a party was being held, killing a 24-year-old man and wounding a 13-year-old boy, authorities said. About three hours earlier, two men, ages 19 and 24, were wounded by shots fired from a passing vehicle, according to the Sheriff's Department.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: May 27, 2003
Man slain while sitting in car and eating Chinese food (Bronx, NY): A 32-year-old man sitting in his car was killed during a drive-by shooting in the Bronx, police said. The man's half brother told police they were eating when a sport-utility vehicle pulled up alongside their car, and an occupant opened fire, shooting the man three times. No information on the suspects was available.
Source: Daily News Date: May 27, 2003
Three hospitalized after fight in Sparks (Sparks, NV): Police are investigating a fight that left three people hospitalized. Residents reported shots fired, but police said a group of five to ten people who supposedly witnessed the fight, fled. Authorities are unsure if the fight was gang-related.
Source: Reno Gazette-Journal Date: May 27, 2003
Northfield gangs brawl (Northfield, MN): Two men were wounded and three arrested after an apparent gang brawl between gangs in Northfield and Minneapolis, according to police. One man was shot and another was beaten in a mobile home park on the north side of Northfield. Police declined to indentify the three jailed men, but they are believed to be members from a Minneapolis gang. "There had been some taunting going on between these two (gangs); we don't know if it's over dope or if our guys went up there and did something wrong. We just know they're antagonistic toward each other," the Northfield police chief said.
Source: Pioneer Press Date: May 26, 2003
Compton drive-by (Compton, CA): A 26-year-old man was fatally shot in an apparent drive-by shooting in Compton, a sheriff's deputy said. The man was standing in front of a house, when a vehicle with two suspects drove by, and the passenger opened fire. Investigation is ongoing.
Source: City News Service Date: May 26, 2003
Shootings in Fresno injure five (Fresno, CA): Police are investigating three separate incidents that occurred in Fresno which wounded five people. One man was found by police in downtown Fresno with a head wound after being shot while sitting in his car. The suspect fled in a vehicle believed to be driven by a woman. Earlier in the day, a 15-year-old boy was arrested for allegedly shooting a 41-year-old woman. She was reported to be in stable condition. In the third incident, three men sitting in front of their vehicle were wounded in a drive-by shooting. They all suffered non-life-threatening wounds, police said. In a fourth shooting, in which no one was injured, gang-suppression officers arrested a 17-year-old after seeing the suspect toss a loaded handgun into an alley. Officers were responding to gunshots being fired in the area. The gun had been reported stolen and appeared to have been fired recently.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: May 26, 2003
Man fires gun twice at four cruising in car (Ventura, CA): Ventura police are investigating a possible gang-related shooting which involved a man in his 20s shooting at four people in a car. The suspect approached the victims and asked where they were from. When the man showed a handgun to the victims, they drove away. The suspect then fired the gun, hitting the trunk of the car. When the victims returned to the area, the gunman fired another round at them, hitting the car's rear window. Police declined to release any information on the victims.
Source: Ventura County Star Date: May 26, 2003
Gang activity, murders surging (Denver, CO): Denver officials have seen a rise of almost 50 percent in homicides this year. With three recent killings, ten of of the 31 homicides this year have been gang-related, police said. A 15-year-old girl was shot three times by a 29-year-old alleged gang member. While her wounds were non-life-threatning, a 19-year-old male was fatally shot during the shooting. Furthermore, a 27-year-old male was shot to death at a house party. The suspect is still at large. In the last shooting, an apparent gang gunfight left a 21-year-old male dead. Authorities note a difference between gang-related and gang-motivated killings. Killings are considered gang-related if either the victim or suspect had gang ties. Gang-motivated killings involve direct gang-versus-gang battles over turf, colors, or retaliation.
Source: The Denver Post Date: May 25, 2003
Kenner man killed in drive-by shooting (Kenner, LA): A 25-year-old Kenner man was fatally shot while standing on a sidewalk, police said. As a truck was passing the victim, someone lowered the rear window and opened fire. Police believe the shooting may have been drug-related. Investigation is continuing.
Source: The Times-Picayune Date: May 24, 2003
Hollenbeck shooting (Boyle Heights, CA): A man was killed in a gang-related, car-to-car attack in Boyle Heights when a gunman pulled alongside the man, asked his gang membership, and then opened fire, according to police. Two others in the victim's car were not injured. In another car-to-car shooting the same day, a gunman fired on a man stopped at an intersection in Mission Hills. The man was not hurt, but the windshield of his truck suffered bullet damage.
Source: City News Service Date: May 23, 2003
Minnesota Gang Strike Force's funds cut (Minneapolis, MN): Lawmakers are cutting most of the funding for the Minnesota Gang Task Force (MGTF), prompting the agency's commander to declare the alliance between state and local law enforcement agencies is dead. The MGTF was created in 1997 to bring together law officers from around Minnesota to work as one unit, in collaboration with local and state agencies, to fight gang crime.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: May 23, 2003
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