Gang-Related News Articles

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Welcome to the Gang-Related News Articles page. This page provides a list of articles pertaining to gangs and gang-related activities from various U.S. and Canadian news sources. A link to the source of each article is provided. The list of articles can be refined and filtered by date and limited to a specific state or Canadian province or territory.

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Westerville schools; Drive-by threat leads to four arrests (Westerville, OH): Police have arrested four teen-agers and recovered a weapon in connection with a threatened drive-by shooting that closed two schools. The incident allegedly grew out of a problem in the neighborhood that spread to the schools last week. Two of the teens were arrested for threatening a drive-by shooting of a student, and the other two were charged with carrying a deadly weapon on school property.
Source: The Columbus Dispatch    Date: April 1, 2003

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Country Club Hills man held in fatal shooting (Chicago, IL): A 27-year-old man, believed to have links to a Chicago street gang, allegedly fired multiple shots from his car that killed a 13-year-old boy. The boy was leaving the park with friends when he was shot. Police are not certain whether the boy or one of his companions was the intended victim.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: March 31, 2003

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Brawl in La Habra injures seven or more (La Habra, CA): A suspected gang-related fight broke out on the streets of La Habra during the evening of March 30th, police reported. Officials reported seven people between the ages of 15 to 29 were injured, two severely. Police have not had any leads as to identity or number of suspects or the specific cause of the fight.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: March 31, 2003

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Two killed (Los Angeles, CA): Two males were found dead at the scene of a gang-related drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles, police said. No other information was available.
Source: City News Service    Date: March 31, 2003

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Two boys, woman arrested in Fun Dome shooting (Murray, UT): Police have arrested two 16-year-old boys and a 19-year-old woman in connection with a shooting at the Utah Fun Dome. The three potentially face four counts of attempted criminal homicide, but formal charges may differ. Police believe that the incident was gang-related and that it stemmed from an earlier feud between two groups, which continued later at the Fun Dome.
Source: Deseret News     Date: March 31, 2003

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Killer sought in shooting of MTA mechanic (Los Angeles, CA): Police are seeking the suspect in the South Los Angeles slaying of a 28-year-old male. The victim was driving home when the suspect stepped into the middle of the road and began shooting. The motive of the shooting is unclear, but police said it appeared to be gang-related.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: March 31, 2003

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Man killed (Van Nuys, CA): A young man, reported to be between 18 and 20 years old, was killed during what appeared to be a gang-related attack, police said. The young man was standing at a bus stop when the suspect shot him and fled. The police have a detailed description of the suspect, but have not yet made an arrest.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: March 31, 2003

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Man wounded in drive-by shooting (National City, CA): Gang detectives are investigating a drive-by shooting that wounded an 18-year-old man. A car with three people pulled up alongside three men walking down a local street. Police said four shots were fired striking one man twice.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: March 31, 2003

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Arrest made in Yakima shooting (Yakima, WA): Police have arrested one of two 21-year-olds who are suspects in a fatal shooting of a 21-year-old and the wounding of a 24-year-old. The shooting, which is believed to be gang-related, took place at a local 7-11 store and was preceded by a fight between the four men, witnesses stated. Five people have been killed in gang shootings in Yakima since 1999.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: March 30, 2003

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Young boy injured in Fun Dome shooting (Murray, UT): Murray police reported a four-year-old boy was shot and four other persons were injured in what is believed to be a gang-related shooting. Two groups of people were reported arguing just before the shooting took place and then shots were fired at the entrance to the Fun Dome. Witnesses stated that teenagers ran to a nearby vehicle and drove wildly out of the parking lot immediately after the shooting. Investigation is undergoing.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: March 30, 2003

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Teen listed as stable after being shot at party (Ogden, UT): A 16-year-old boy was shot as he was standing in front of a home when seven shots were fired from a passing vehicle into a crowd. Six shots hit the house, and one hit the boy, police reported. Police believe the incident may have been gang-related, though it doesn't appear the victim is a gang member. The suspected shooter is possibly associated with the previous homeowner. It is unclear to police as to how many people were in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, and no arrests have been made.
Source: Deseret News    Date: March 30, 2003

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Man arrested in gang shooting (Hemet, CA): A 25-year-old man was arrested for shooting at a 19 year-old woman on March 29th, and police are saying that it was gang-related. The woman was not injured, and the man was being held on a warrant for failing to comply with the conditions of his parole, according to police.
Source: Press Interprise     Date: March 30, 2003

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Shooting at city bus might be by gang (Durham, NC): Three alleged gang members opened fire on a Durham Area Transit Authority bus on the evening of March 27th. The three suspects were targeting three other possible gang members on the bus, police said. Nobody was injured on the bus, and the case remains under investigation.
Source: The Herald-Sun     Date: March 29, 2003

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Three suspects arrested in fatal southside shooting (Oklahoma City, OK): Oklahoma City Police made three arrests in connection with a shooting on February 21st that left a 19-year-old man dead and a 17-year-old man injured. According to police, the victims were believed to be members of a gang called South Side Locos, and the three suspects are Grande Barrio Centrale members.
Source: The Oklahoman    Date: March 28, 2003

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Schools step up anti-gang programs; violence, vandalism rise on campuses in Pittsburg district (Pittsburg, CA): Pittsburg area schools intend to counter increasing gang activity on campuses by educating parents and school staff about gang attire and graffiti. Hiring a former gang member to discuss the dangers of gang activity is another method being considered to prevent students from joining gangs.
Source: Contra Costa Times    Date: March 28, 2003

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Gun bill targets minors (Los Angeles, CA): City officials are seeking to pass a bill that would prohibit minors who are convicted of weapons possession from obtaining another gun until they turn 30. According to the Los Angeles Police Department Chief of Police, "Assembly Bill (AB) 319 would reduce gang crime by targeting young offenders who stay with gangs well into adulthood." "It would also punish the 500 youths in California who are arrested each year for bringing a weapon to school," he said. Under state law, juveniles convicted of murder, kidnapping, and rape are prohibited from possessing a weapon until they turn 30. AB 319 would add possession of a concealed or loaded weapon and keeping a weapon in one's car to that list of crimes.
Source: Copley News Service    Date: March 28, 2003

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Police seek leads in two Desert Hot Springs shootings (Desert Hot Springs, CA): Police are investigating a gang-related drive-by shooting that occurred on March 26th. Suspects have not been identified yet because of the victims' lack of cooperation. According to witnesses, the car involved had at least one gunman, and shots were fired at several people in two other cars.
Source: The Desert Sun     Date: March 28, 2003

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Michaux Bill aimed at gang activity (Durham, NC): A Durham lawyer filed a "Street Gang and Terrorism Prevention Act" (a.k.a. Michaux Bill) in the legislature that, according to the author and local officials, would give North Carolina its first meaningful statute for fighting gangs. Under the Bill, persons who violated the law as part of a "pattern of criminal gang activity" could be convicted of a separate felony. They could receive 10 additional years in prison, to begin at the end of any sentence imposed for the underlying offense and forfeit money and property acquired through gang activity. Also, the existence of a gang may be established "by evidence of a common name or common identifying signs, symbols, tattoos, graffiti, or attire, or other distinguishing characteristics." Lastly, recruiting people for gang membership would be considered a crime as well as threats and retaliation against anyone seeking to withdraw from a criminal street gang.
Source: The Herald-Sun     Date: March 28, 2003

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Crowd told gang activity down in Northeast (Richland County, SC): According to officials in Richland County, the rate of gang activity has decreased since October 2002, but according to a member of the Richland County Sheriff's Gang Task Force, the number of gangs in the area has increased from 24 to 27. The three newest gangs are Pretty Boy Lovers, Insane Crip Nation, and Insane Gangster Disciples. Parents, teachers, students and community residents have been instrumental in the decline in gang activity, but officials stressed that there is much work to be done. The summer months will be the real test for this community as young people have more free time, and gangs tend to add to their memberships, then bring their new allegiances to school when they return in the fall.
Source: The State    Date: March 27, 2003

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Two arrested in stabbing near Fullerton School (Fullerton, CA): A 21-year-old male and an unidentified teenager were arrested, suspected of stabbing a 17-year-old student during a gang-related fight. The victim was assaulted after leaving La Vista Continuation School. The two suspects fled the scene in a van after initiating the fight and stabbing the victim in the stomach. Authorities reported that the victim was in good condition at a local area hospital.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: March 27, 2003

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