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Fence shooting (Long Beach, CA): A 17-year-old boy was fatally shot as bullets came through a chain link fence, police said. Two others, ages 17 and 19, were wounded and expected to survive. Police say the two suspects fled on foot after the assault.
Source: City News Service Date: September 4, 2003
Permanent injunction sought against San Bernardino gang (San Bernardino, CA): San Bernardino's Superior Court Judge granted a temporary restraining order against the Delman Heights Bloods Gang. Members of the gang are barred from congregating, applying graffiti, and participating in other activities within a designated area while the city attorney's office seeks a permanent injunction against the group. Violating curfew or loitering together could net members as much as six months in jail, three years' probation, and a $1,000 fine, said the deputy city attorney. A preliminary injunction hearing will be held in October, and a permanent injunction is expected this winter.
Source: Press Enterprise Date: September 4, 2003
Elgin police, FBI arrest 10 after 2 1/2-year probe into drug sales (Elgin, IL): A 2 1/2-year investigation by Elgin police and the FBI led to the arrests of 10 alleged members of a street gang accused of peddling drugs in Elgin and the Northwest suburbs. A long list of felony charges were used to indict the 10 members. The charges included unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, compelling street-gang membership, and street-gang drug conspiracy, police said. About 500 Ecstasy pills, two handguns, and several hundred rounds of ammunition were confiscated. The investigation into the gang's activities began on November 11, 2000, when a 16-year-old alleged member of the street gang was shot in the head and his body dumped in a field in Cook County, police said. The street gang, which has about 30 members, has been active since the late '80s and early '90s.
Source: Daily Herald Date: September 4, 2003
Arrest first step in club deaths probe (Bridgeton, NJ): Police in Bridgeton arrested a 26-year-old man for attempted murder associated with the double murder of a 24- and 26-year-old man. The suspect held a gun to someone's head during the incident, but was unable to shoot as the would-be-victim moved his head before the trigger was pulled. Other suspects involved in the shootings are still at large. Police are not certain if the incident was gang-related, but say that some of the victims were gang members. Some reports say that a gang called 30 Deep may have been involved. Police have not determined whether 30 Deep is a gang or a loosely affiliated group of friends.
Source: The Daily Journal Date: September 4, 2003
Shot from SUV wounds man (Portland, OR): Portland police are investigating a possible gang-related shooting that wounded a 21-year-old man. The pedestrian was shot by someone in a passing SUV, police said. Investigators have not been able to determine a motive for the shooting, but gangs may have been a factor.
Source: The Oregonian Date: September 4, 2003
Teenager arrested in gang shooting (Fremont, CA): Police arrested an 18-year-old man and are searching for two other suspects in connection with a gang-related shooting that wounded a 17-year-old boy. The victim, who is a self-proclaimed gang member, did not suffer any life-threatening wounds. He was walking down the street when three men in a car approached him. One man got out of the car, chased him, and shot him once.
Source: Tri-Valley Herald Date: September 3, 2003
Gang member arrested (Arizona): A 23-year-old member of the Rollin' 60s Crips was arrested in Arizona and will be brought back to Los Angeles where he will face capital murder charges. The suspect allegedly committed a murder a month after being released from custody from an arrest related to carjacking charges. After disappearing, he was recently taken into custody in Arizona for an expired vehicle tag.
Source: City News Service Date: September 3, 2003
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
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