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Homicides (Los Angeles, CA): The homicide rate in Los Angeles fell 22.6 percent this year as a result of the new anti-gang offensive started by the Los Angeles Police Department's chief. With two days remaining in 2003, the city recorded 490 homicides, down from 633 last year. Those statistics put Los Angeles in third place behind New York City, with 578 homicides, and Chicago, with 560. Last year's spike in homicides was blamed on gang violence, prompting the police chief to declare war against street gangs.
Source: City News Service Date: December 30, 2003
Judges say Durham courthouse needs more security (Durham, NC): Recent gang fights in the Durham County courthouse have raised concerns about security measures. "It's scary," the Chief District Court Judge said of gang fights between such rivals as the Bloods and the Crips. "Incidents of violence are increasing here. We always needed more security. Now, the problem has pretty much hit us in the face because of increasing gang activity. Times have changed. Security hasn't kept up. It's a big problem." County officials agree but have not determined how to pay for the changes.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: December 29, 2003
Man hit in drive-by shooting (Portland, OR): The Portland police gang unit is investigating a drive-by shooting in which a 20-year-old man was shot. The area in which the man was shot is known for its gang problems, according to police. The man's wounds were not life-threatening.
Source: The Oregonian Date: December 29, 2003
Street kill blood trail leads to four (Queens, NY): Police arrested four Mexican gang members, ages 19, 21, 22, and 24, in connection with an attack in Queens that left one man dead and two others wounded. After partying in a club, the gang members picked on two brothers and their friend, asking what Mexican town they were from. "They denied being from Mexico because they were afraid what was going to happen," a source said. The three were attacked anyway. The 24-year-old was stabbed numerous times and died at the scene. The two brothers, ages 19 and 22, were critically injured and rushed to a local hospital.
Source: Daily News Date: December 27, 2003
Gang ties at work in pair's shooting (Tulsa, OK): Police are investigating a Christmas Day apartment complex shooting as gang-related. Two victims were shot after a group at the apartment complex became angry that the two were "on their turf," police said. One victim was in critical condition and the other was believed to have been treated and released. A shooting that occurred at the same complex earlier in the week left a 26-year-old man dead. No arrests have been made in either shooting.
Source: Tulsa World Date: December 27, 2003
Three hurt in separate drive-by shootings (Fresno, CA): Two drive-by shootings are being investigated by the Fresno Police Department for possible gang ties. The first shooting sent two girls, ages 14 and 17, to the hospital with gunshot wounds. Police said their wounds were not serious. In the second shooting, a 21-year-old man suffered life-threatening wounds after being shot multiple times from occupants of a vehicle. Police had no evidence that the shootings were related but have not discounted the possibility.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: December 26, 2003
One killed, one wounded in Long Beach shootings (Long Beach, CA): Police say a pair of shootings in central Long Beach that occurred 35 minutes apart appeared to be unrelated attacks. The first shooting occurred as one of two men in a car shot a 15-year-old teen as he was walking down the street with friends. Before the victim was shot, the occupants in the car asked him where he was from, which is typically a code for asking someone's gang affiliation, police said. Detectives found no sign that the victim was a gang member but suspected that his assailants might be. The second shooting happened a few miles away. A 21-year-old Long Beach man was standing in front of a house when a man on a bicycle pedaled up, words were exchanged, and the cyclist fired several shots. The victim later died at a nearby hospital. Police continue to investigate both shootings.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: December 25, 2003
Four held after shots fired into Bee carrier's vehicle (Placerville, CA): Four males, ages 17, 19, 21, and 22, were arrested after a drive-by shooting in which at least six shots were fired into the vehicle of a Sacramento Bee carrier. The carrier, who Placerville police said was mistaken for a gang member, was not injured. Placerville police and El Dorado County sheriff's deputies chased two vehicles until one was stopped. Four occupants were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and use of a weapon in the commission of a gang crime, officials said. Police were searching for the second vehicle and said a fifth arrest was expected.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: December 25, 2003
Salinas police step up mall security (Salinas, CA): Salinas police stepped up its security at the Northridge Mall in Salinas after an apparent gang-related shooting outside the mall. Police said the shooting followed a confrontation inside the mall between a gang member and a group from a rival gang. It then moved to the parking lot where the group shot at the individual, an officer said. The man was shot at several times but was not hit. However, one of the bullets struck a woman who was inside the mall with her children. Police have no leads on the shooters.
Source: Monterey County Herald Date: December 23, 2003
Police confirm fatal Sunnyvale shooting was gang-related (Sunnyvale, CA): Police are continuing a search for two suspects in the gang-related slaying of a 25-year-old man. Police believe the two men are ages 24 and 25 and of Vietnamese ethnicity. It is reported that two other victims were seriously wounded during the attack.
Source: San Jose Mercury News Date: December 23, 2003
San Jose man killed by waiting gunman (San Jose, CA): Police are investigating whether the death of a man in San Jose was gang-related. The victim, a 22-year-old man, was walking home with his girlfriend when a gunman followed him up the stairs and shot him at least five times. Police have some leads on the suspect but have made no arrests.
Source: San Jose Mercury News Date: December 23, 2003
Kids see mom slain at Brooklyn club (Brooklyn, NY): A 27-year-old Brooklyn mother was gunned down in front of her two young children during a gang-related triple shooting outside a nightclub, police and relatives said. The bullets were apparently intended for her brother and his friend, who were aspiring gang bangers. The 19-year-old brother and his 18-year-old friend were both shot and reported to be in stable condition. Police arrested two men, ages 18 and 26, and charged them with murder, weapons possession, assault, and reckless endangerment. The two victims were believed to be in the Chicano Nation gang, and the shooting suspects are believed to be members of a rival gang, the Ninos Malos (Bad Boys).
Source: Daily News Date: December 23, 2003
Drive-by shooting takes life of Kansas City youth (Kansas City, KS): A 16-year-old boy was killed while standing in the front yard of a house when one or more persons in a passing car fired several shots at him. Police were investigating whether the drive-by shooting was connected to another drive-by shooting that occurred an hour earlier. No information about possible suspects or vehicles was available.
Source: The Kansas City Star Date: December 22, 2003
Man killed, three injured in shooting (Bell Gardens, CA): One man was killed, and three others were injured in a gang-related shooting in Bell Gardens, authorities said. The men were shot in the street when a pickup truck stopped. Two men got out of the truck, approached the victims, and began shooting. The driver of the pickup and the two gunmen then fled. According to authorities, the victims were all in their 20s.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: December 21, 2003
Three to be tried in beating (Lancaster, CA): Three reputed street-gang members were ordered to stand trial on charges that they beat a Lancaster man who was attacked while picking up his children at a private school. The three men have pleaded not guilty to assault, vandalism, and making criminal threats. They are charged with committing the crimes to further the interests of a criminal street gang. A fourth defendant, a 14-year-old boy, is being handled in juvenile court.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: December 20, 2003
Shooting kills two men (Compton, CA): A man and teenage boy were fatally shot after having a conversation with two other men just north of Gonzales Park. "This incident is believed to have been gang-related," a deputy said. No arrests have been made, but witnesses were able to give authorities descriptions of the suspects.
Source: Press-Telegram Date: December 20, 2003
Gang violence suspected in fatal shooting (Albuquerque, NM): Three people, ages 16, 17, and 20, have been arrested on suspicion of shooting and killing an 18-year-old man. The shooting, which occurred in the South Valley, appears to be gang-related. The 16-year-old is charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, shooting from a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence, and criminal damage to property. The 17-year-old is charged with an open count of murder, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence, aggravated battery with a firearm enhancement, and conspiracy to commit murder. The 20-year-old is charged with an open count of murder. According to a police report, the incident was originally reported as a drive-by shooting by a 17-year-old male and 19-year-old female who transported the victim to the hospital. After police were unable find evidence consistent with a shooting at the reported location, the two admitted they made up the story for fear of retaliation from gang members. They then reported that the victim had been in a fight with several people who belonged to the gang. He apparently called his mother and girlfriend saying "he was going to take care of the problem with (the gang) once and for all." The 19-year-old then drove the victim to a local high school to meet up with the alleged gang members. After a car chase, shots were fired at the victim's car, and he was shot.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: December 20, 2003
Seven charged in federal gang case (Washington, DC): Seven members of an Asian street gang have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that include two murders, home invasions, and robberies. The indictments focused on a 26-year-old man who was charged in the slayings and was a fugitive for more than two years before being captured. The new charges filed invoke the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) arguing that those involved committed their crimes as part of an Asian racketeering organization known as the Oriental Playboys. The approach using RICO laws is also being used by the Justice Department nationwide, including the dismantling of street gangs such as the King Mafia Disciples in Utah, Las Vegas's Rolling 60s Crips, and Mara Salvatrucha in Northern Virginia. While officials would not provide details about the origins of the Oriental Playboys, court papers say their primary purpose was to make money through threats, acts of violence, and robberies that targeted primarily Asian businesses. Ten people have pleaded guilty in the two-year investigation.
Source: The Washington Post Date: December 20, 2003
Police raid nets six gang suspects (Fort Worth, TX): A raid in the area around Polytechnic High School that involved 30 officers resulted in the arrests of six suspected gang members. Five juveniles and one adult were taken into custody following several recent disputes between rival gangs at the high school. One fight led to gunfire off school grounds. Most of the suspects were wanted on warrants accusing them of assault or assault with a deadly weapon, with a secondary charge of engaging in organized crime, police said. The problems stem from a simmering feud between two rival gangs, an official said. Some of the students attend Polytechnic, but others attend other schools or are dropouts.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram Date: December 19, 2003
Police say gang crime on the rise (Houston, TX): Local law enforcement officials are warning residents in The Woodlands and surrounding areas of an increase in gang activity. Oak Ridge North's police chief said his department's officers have noticed gang "signs" and an increased presence of gangs, particularly the Greenspoint Posse. The Greenspoint Posse sports green and gold colors and wear name-brand jeans that signify Crip Killer, in reference to the notorious Los Angeles-based street gang, the Crips. Most gang members are reported to be high-school age, but can be older. In addition to the Greenspoint Posse, hard-core groups such as the Crazy Brown Clique, the 503, the Mexican Mafia, Bloods, Crips, and Latin Kings all maintain a presence in the area, an official said.
Source: The Houston Chronicle Date: December 18, 2003
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