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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 According to the report there have been 10 different gangs over the years, some of which are no longer active.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
Gang injunction in Watts (Los Angeles, CA): Two district attorneys have joined forces against a gang that has been in the Watts area for more than three decades. The Bounty Hunters have been blamed for repeated assaults, robberies, and gunfire according to the filed civil complaint. The gang, according to the City Attorney's Office, is "engaged in criminal and nuisance activities that threaten the freedom, health, and safety" of the residents. The injunction would place severe restrictions on the Bounty Hunters' gang-related activities, including a ban on associating in public with other members, loitering, blocking traffic, and gambling in and around the Nickerson Gardens Public Housing Development.
Source: City News Service Date: August 28, 2003
Oak Park drive-by kills man (Oak Park, IL): A 28-year-old Chicago man was killed and two other men, ages 31 and 25, were wounded in a drive-by shooting as they stood on a sidewalk in Oak Park, police said. Police have not determined whether or not the shooting was gang-related. No arrests have been made.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: August 28, 2003
Teen killed in drive-by shooting (Milwaukee, WI): A 17-year-old Milwaukee boy was killed in a drive-by shooting on Milwaukee's northwest side, police said. The boy was socializing with a group of about seven people outside his cousin's house when an unidentified car with four occupants made a U-turn around the dead-end street. The car's driver yelled some words at the group and fired two or three shots, then sped off, police said. The boy was the only person hit. Police said the two groups had fought each other blocks away a short time before the shooting.
Source: Journal Sentinel Date: August 28, 2003
Shooting near school may be gang-related (La Canada Flintridge, CA): Investigators discovered the body of a 33-year-old man on a service road at La Canada High School. Residents in the area reported hearing numerous gunshots, and officials pronounced the victim dead at the scene. Authorities believe the killing could be gang-related.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: August 27, 2003
Funding for new gang task force (Temecula, CA): Temecula City Council agreed to spend about $5,000 a year to join a new Riverside County program aimed at fighting gang-related crimes and violence. Temecula is the seventh city to join the program. Norco, Hemet, Corona, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, and San Jacinto also are participating.
Source: The Press-Enterprise Date: August 27, 2003
Two men injured in drive-by shooting (Atlantic Beach, FL): Two men were injured during a drive-by shooting in Atlantic Beach, according to police. Both were treated for non-life threatening injuries. The first victim told police he was returning from his relatives' home when he saw a car and heard "popping noises." The man told police that a second man pushed him down and someone from the back seat of the car shot at them. The second victim told police he arrived at a home when he heard the gunshots. The man dropped to the floor but not before he was hit with a bullet, police said. No arrests have been made.
Source: The Florida Times-Union Date: August 27, 2003
Gang feud suspected (Clarkstown, NY): In Nanuet, police are searching for whoever shot two Spring Valley men, ages 18 and 23, in what may have been retaliation for a fight. Neither men suffered life-threatening wounds. Neighbors told police that there had been fights among men associated with different street groups in the area. "The complainants are not being that cooperative, but based on what neighbors have told me, I am leaning toward the shooting being in retaliation for a fight the night before," an officer said. Investigation is continuing.
Source: The Journal News Date: August 27, 2003
Man from Orange wanted in killings (East Orange, NJ): In East Orange, authorities are seeking a 21-year-old man for killing a four-year-old girl and a 21-year-old man in a drive-by shooting. The male victim was trying to protect the girl and her one-year-old playmate when the shots were fired. The suspect is being charged with two counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder, and a firearms charge.
Source: The Record Date: August 27, 2003
Man sentenced to 54 years to life in prison in baby shooting (Youngstown, OH): A 21-year-old man was sentenced to 54 years to life in prison for the drive-by shooting death of a three-month-old baby. The man drove a 25-year-old man to a Youngstown neighborhood and waited in his car while the other man got out and fired at least 10 shots. Bullets ripped through the house, killing the baby in the living room. The 25-year-old also faces aggravated murder charges in the shooting, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in his case. Police believe the shooting resulted from a gang rivalry.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: August 27, 2003
West Side shooting (San Antonio, TX): A man was shot and killed as he broke into a West Side home. The homeowner and his son, ages 51 and 26 respectively, suffered wounds but were reported in good condition. Police are investigating whether or not the shooting was gang related.
Source: San Antonio Express-News Date: August 27, 2003
Cyber slaying (Santa Ana, CA): A 22-year-old male member of the Power of Vietnamese gang was convicted of second-degree murder for supplying a screwdriver to an unknown killer who stabbed a 20-year-old college student outside a cyber cafe. During an earlier trial, his accomplice testified that the 22-year-old had stabbed the victim. That testimony, however, was not allowed in the case. Last month, the accomplice, also 22-years-old, was convicted of first-degree murder, active participation in a street gang, and gang enhancement. His role in the slaying, prosecutors said, was driving the getaway car. Due to his "second striker" status, he now faces a life term with eligibility for parole in about 43 years.
Source: City News Service Date: August 26, 2003
Two people shot, three beaten after weekend of violence (Oakland, CA): Authorities continued investigating a flurry of violent crimes that left two people shot and three beaten. After a fight outside the Woodfin Suites hotel in Emeryville, a man got into his car and chased another vehicle with three occupants down the freeway. One of the three occupants, a 24-year-old man, was shot during the chase while the other two were left unharmed. Authorities say the suspect is still at large and that the incident may have been gang-related.
Source: Alameda Times-Star Date: August 26, 2003
San Diego shooting (San Diego, CA): A 38-year-old man was shot while walking in Lincoln Park in what may have been a gang-related attack. According to police, a passenger in a car shot the victim. The victim's wounds are considered non-life threatening. San Diego gang units were assigned to the investigation.
Source: City News Service Date: August 26, 2003
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