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Racial strife (Lynwood, CA): Three juveniles were arrested after a fight broke out on the last day of summer school at Lynwood High School. According to a deputy, tensions between two groups, black and Latino students, had been prevalent the last couple of weeks at the school. While "it seems to be racial," she said, "it could have had more to do with gang affiliations."
Source: City News Service Date: August 8, 2003
Two hurt in string of Des Moines shootings (Des Moines, IA): Two people were wounded in a string of Des Moines shootings that police describe as random and unconnected. In the first shooting, a 19-year-old pedestrian was wounded when the shooter yelled, "What's up cuz?" and opened fire. A 30-year-old woman was wounded in the second shooting. She was walking with her sister and daughter when two cars passed by and shots were fired. She was treated and released. The last shooting did not wound anyone. According to witnesses, several men were sitting in a car when someone started shooting. No arrests were reported in any of the incidents.
Source: The Des Moines Register Date: August 8, 2003
Bullets fired into car kill two men, wound woman (Lancaster, CA): Two men were killed and a woman was wounded after their car was hit by bullets from a car that pulled up alongside them at a stop sign. The wounded woman told people in the neighborhood that she didn't know why she and the men had been shot. The two men who died were said to be in their 30s and of Latin descent. No arrests have been made.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: August 8, 2003
Man shot to death on Fresno street (Fresno, CA): Fresno police are looking for suspects who fatally shot a male pedestrian in his 20s during an apparent drive-by shooting. Police were given details from witnesses, but have not made any arrests.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: August 8, 2003
Man shot in drive-by shooting (Tulare, CA): An 18-year-old man was shot and wounded during an apparent drive-by shooting in Tulare. The man was walking alone when suspects, riding in a station wagon and wearing red clothing, opened fire. Police do not know what led to the shooting. The victim was reported in stable condition.
Source: Tulare Advance-Register Date: August 8, 2003
Hayward shootings leave four wounded (Hayward, CA): Four men, ages ranging from mid-teens to 20, were injured in what authorities say may have been a gang-related drive-by shooting. Investigators think the four men were standing close to one another when they were shot with "birdshot" pellets. Three men suffered only minor wounds and the fourth was seriously injured, police said. The victims were wearing a lot of red, prompting police to investigate the shooting as a gang-related incident. One suspect was arrested in connection to the shooting and another man remains at large.
Source: The Argus Date: August 7, 2003
Anti-gang program expands to Eastside with federal funds (Los Angeles, CA): City and county officials are expanding an anti-gang program to the Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Hollenbeck Division and the East Los Angeles sheriff's station area. The program, which is designed to reduce crime by intervening before gang activity can escalate, has significantly reduced crime in at least six Los Angeles County neighborhoods. Officers on patrol collect intelligence; parole agents maintain pressure on parolees; and prosecutors can bring coordinated cases. Although LAPD's Pacific, Northeast, Foothill, Devonshire, and Newton Divisions have proven successful, the program has struggled to maintain its funding. The new expansion has received $2.5 million in federal funding.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: August 7, 2003
Man just released from prison killed at home (Anaheim, CA): A 27-year-old man was killed in a gang-related shooting after being released from prison just a few days earlier, police said. The man's girlfriend heard the shot and called police. He was found dead from a gunshot wound, authorities said.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: August 7, 2003
Gang violence rages across jurisdictions (DC and Virginia): In the District, a recent increase in gang violence has law enforcement agencies concerned that it may spread into the suburbs. Since July 26, four people have been killed and five others injured in the District in a series of shootings the Metropolitan Police Department has classified as gang related. According to police, the violence stems from two disputes between two Latino gangs based in the Hispanic communities of Northwest. One dispute involves a large Hispanic gang called La Mara R and the "1-5 Crew." The other dispute involves gangs called Street Thug Criminals, or STC, and Vatos Locos, which translates loosely to "crazy men." In addition to the District, some of the Latino communities have spread into the state of Virginia. The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office said the death of an 18-year-old female member of MS-13, whose body was found in the Shenandoah River's North Fork on July 17, appears to have been gang-related. 82 gangs have been identified in Fairfax County, but only two police supervisors and seven detectives work gang crimes in the county. Officials in Virginia and the District are quickly forming task forces or partnerships to combat gang violence. Furthermore, the Metropolitan Police Chief announced the formation of a gang-intervention partnership between government and community-based organizations to negotiate a truce to the gang violence.
Source: The Washington Times Date: August 7, 2003
Gang violence rages across jurisdictions (DC and Virginia): In the District, a recent increase in gang violence has law enforcement agencies concerned that it may spread into the suburbs. Since July 26, four people have been killed and five others injured in the District in a series of shootings that the Metropolitan Police Department has classified as gang-related. According to police, the violence stems from two disputes between two Latino gangs based in the Hispanic communities of Northwest. One dispute involves a large Hispanic gang called La Mara R and the "1-5 Crew." The other dispute involves gangs called Street Thug Criminals, or STC, and Vatos Locos, which translates loosely to "crazy men." In addition to the District, some of the Latino communities have spread into the state of Virginia. The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office said the death of an 18-year-old female member of MS-13, whose body was found in the Shenandoah River's North Fork on July 17, appears to have been gang-related. Eighty-two gangs have been identified in Fairfax County, but only two police supervisors and seven detectives work gang crimes in the county. Officials in Virginia and the District are quickly forming task forces or partnerships to combat gang violence. Furthermore, the Metropolitan Police Chief announced the formation of a gang-intervention partnership between government and community-based organizations to negotiate a truce to the gang violence.
Source: The Washington Times Date: August 7, 2003
Two sisters are wounded in apartment drive-by (Houston, TX): Two sisters, ages 20 and 14, were wounded in a drive-by shooting at a southeast Houston apartment complex. Police have a description of the car used in the shooting, but have no suspects.
Source: The Houston Chronicle Date: August 7, 2003
Taft gang feud claims teen's life (Taft, TX): A 17-year-old male was fatally shot in a possible gang-related drive-by shooting, officials said. Law enforcement officers and the victim's family both say the shooting was a result of a feud between two gangs. San Patricio County sheriff's deputies arrested a 21-year-old and charged him with murder. Warrants were also issued for four other males, ages 18, 19, 20, and 21. All are charged with murder.
Source: Corpus Christi Caller-Times Date: August 7, 2003
Arrests made in Devine area slaying (Devine, TX): Authorities arrested three suspects, ages 22, 27, and 28, on capital murder charges in the May 4 ambush slaying of two Medina County men, ages 20 and 27. A 26-year-old man was jailed a week earlier on the same charges. Officials say the killings appeared to be payback for an earlier shooting of a man outside the Horseshoe Inn in Natalia.
Source: San Antonio Express-News Date: August 7, 2003
Clayton police efforts stemming gang activity (Clayton County, GA): Using a combination of high-visibility patrols and undercover work, Clayton police have suppressed gang activity from the Hit Squad gang at a pair of Riverdale area apartments. The gang, which is believed to have evolved from a group of rap star wannabes, is suspected of involvement in a shooting spree last month in which one person was injured. The shooter has not yet been arrested. Eight people have been arrested since the gunfire, but police report that the charges were mostly drug-related.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Date: August 7, 2003
Portland police on alert after shootings (Portland, OR): In a spate of recent shootings in North and Northeast Portland, police suspect many shooters have been associated with two local gangs, the Rolling 60s Crips and the Failing Bloc. While some of the shootings may be retaliatory strikes, gang enforcement team officers are trying to determine what's prompting the shootings, who is involved, and if there are links among them. Two cousins were seriously wounded in a July 26 shooting when a gunman who was hiding in the bushes fired on them, police said. That same night, a 24-year-old man was shot and killed while driving south on Interstate 205. Graffiti has also shown up in parks and other local establishments, including graffiti tied to an all-female gang called Latin Babies that was found at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center and 13th Street gang graffiti that was found spray-painted in McDonald's bathrooms.
Source: The Oregonian Date: August 6, 2003
Three charged in shooting of Minneapolis toddler (Jordan, MN): In Jordan, a 20-month-old girl was wounded during a gang-related shooting. Two men walked up to the duplex where the girl was staying and fired two shots. Bullet fragments hit the girl and left her in critical condition. Police say the shooting was gang-related since the intended target, a rival gang member and relative to the girl's mother, was in the living room a half-hour before the shooting. The two men were each charged with felony first-degree assault and committing a crime to benefit a gang. They are associated with the Young Thugs gang, an offshoot of the Gangster Disciples. Police say they appear to be feuding with the Mickey Cobras. A third man was arrested and charged with being an accomplice after the fact in a first-degree assault because he witnessed the shooting but didn't cooperate with police.
Source: Star Tribune Date: August 6, 2003
Man facing murder charges in shooting (Indio, CA): Indio Police Department arrested and charged a 20-year-old man for fatally shooting a 16-year-old boy and critically injuring his 19-year-old friend. The man is being charged with murder and attempted murder, officials say. Police do not know if the motive was gang-related or not. Investigation is continuing.
Source: The Desert Sun Date: August 5, 2003
Anti-gang program set to get $626,000 (Los Angeles, CA): City officials are recommending that the Central Recovery and Development Project (CRDP), a South Los Angeles gang intervention program, receive $626,000 in funding for the 2003-04 fiscal year. Although recent scores show that the CRDP is among the lowest in its effectiveness, officials with the Community Development Department say that the scores should not be used to determine whether they receive more money. CRDP merits another year of funding because it has years of experience working in South Los Angeles, providing such activities as midnight basketball and anti-violence marches, an official said.
Source: Copley News Service Date: August 5, 2003
Motorist killed (Compton, CA): Authorities have arrested a 17-year-old boy for his alleged involvement in a shooting that killed a 22-year-old woman in Compton. The woman, along with two male passengers, was driving when an SUV pulled in front of her and forced her to stop. Two armed men got out, approached the victim's car, and fired several shots. The gunmen then got back into the SUV, which was occupied by two other men, and sped off, police said. The teen was arrested after investigators found a vehicle abandoned near the crime scene that matched the description of the SUV used in the shooting. The attack was believed to be gang-related, an officer said.
Source: City News Service Date: August 5, 2003
Seven wounded in Southeast in drive-by attack (Washington, DC): Seven people were wounded during a drive-by shooting in far Southeast Washington, authorities said. It was unclear how many shots were fired, but one police officer said he counted almost four dozen shell casings from ammunition that is fired from assault rifles. Police have not determined a motive for the attack, but speculate that it may have stemmed from conflict between rival groups in the Garfield and Congress Heights areas. None of the victims, all believed to be young men in their teens or twenties, suffered life-threatening wounds.
Source: The Washington Post Date: August 5, 2003
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