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Shooting death (Los Angeles, CA): Officials say a drive-by shooting in West Los Angeles appears to be gang-related. Several shots were fired from a car occupied by three men. The victim died at a hospital.
Source: City News Service Date: July 14, 2003
Two players treated for minor gunshot wounds (Pauls Valley, OK): Two University of Oklahoma football players were shot in the leg at a party when a man fired two or three rounds with a handgun. Police say the incident was apparently gang related. A 23-year-old man was arrested in connection with the shooting, but had not been officially charged. The suspect is also believed to have set his house on fire while trying to destroy evidence. Both victims were treated and released from a hospital.
Source: The Associated Press Date: July 14, 2003
Shooting (Long Beach, CA): A 35-year-old man was killed and a 17-year-old girl and another man were wounded when someone in a truck fired shots into their car. Two other people were also in the car but were not hurt. Investigators have ruled out "road rage" and believe the shooting may have been gang-related.
Source: City News Service Date: July 14, 2003
Man critically hurt in drive-by shooting (Henrico County, Virginia): A man in his late teens or early 20s was shot and critically injured during a drive-by shooting in the Central Gardens neighborhood. The victim was standing with two other people in front of a house when at least one shot was fired from a passing car. Police are trying to establish a motive for the shooting.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch Date: July 13, 2003
2 seriously wounded in west-side drive-by (Baltimore, MD): Two men were seriously wounded in a drive-by shooting in West Baltimore. One victim was shot in the head, while the other victim was shot in the back. No other information was available.
Source: The Baltimore Sun Date: July 12, 2003
No longer blue, they're now ganging up on street violence (Los Angeles, CA): One of the original founders of the Crips and another former Crip leader have formed the Children with Wings Youth Foundation to help youths move away from gang involvement. They speak to young people about the perils of gang membership, tell them about the history of gangs, and apologize for having formed them. The gang was organized in 1971 to deal with racist law enforcement in South Los Angeles, and what started out as a positive plan turned negative. "We had issues and we saw certain things that we were not able to have because of our impoverished lifestyle. We sought comfort in each other. That's what they're doing now, basically. They're finding more comfort in the gangs than in their families," the founder said. Both leaders left the gang lifestyle when "it came to killing our own people." They have now dedicated their lives to helping youth stay away from gangs. "We're trying to tell the story of who we are and who we were because we know both sides of the fence. We created this institution and we're telling kids that we were wrong and we let them know what will happen if they continue to follow us."
Source: Wave Community Newspapers Date: July 12, 2003
Boy shot in hip (Maine Township, IL): Police are investigating a possible gang-related shooting that wounded a 15-year-old boy in Maine Township. The boy was sitting with two teenagers on the front porch of a town home when they began arguing with two pedestrians, authorities said. One of the pedestrians pulled out a handgun and fired an unknown number of shots at the group. The incident might be gang-related, according to authorities. A male suspect was caught about three blocks from the scene soon after the shooting, but has not been charged yet. Police have "solid leads" and hoped to arrest a second suspect. The shooter has yet to be determined.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: July 11, 2003
Two shot (Los Angeles, CA): Two men were wounded in a possible gang-related drive-by shooting in Sun Valley. Someone inside a minivan opened fire on a group of people standing in front of the house. No arrests have been made.
Source: City News Service Date: July 11, 2003
Gang links eyed in shooting death (Bexar County, TX): The body of a 33-year-old man was found in a pickup in South Bexar County with multiple gunshot wounds. Officials say the victim was a gang member and had a criminal history that included assault and drug possession. Police suspect the killing may have been gang-related.
Source: San Antonio Express-News Date: July 11, 2003
Man hit 5 times in drive-by shooting (Encanto, CA): A 22-year-old man was wounded five times in a drive-by shooting. The man was leaning in the driver's side window of a car when shots were fired from another vehicle with three men inside. Another man and two women who were standing nearby were not hurt.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: July 11, 2003
Riverside County focusing on gangs (Riverside County, CA): Riverside County District Attorney is asking county and city leaders to pay for a special prosecutor to coordinate a crackdown on gangs. There are 233 active gangs with more than 8,000 members estimated in the county, according to the district attorney's office. An increased focus on intervention, prevention, and suppression is needed to contend with more mobile, powerful, and violent gangs, the Attorney General said. Funding the idea is a concern for the county finance director. He proposes that one of the current district attorney's 75 prosecutors be reassigned to give the idea an opportunity to prove its success. The Attorney General said that prosecutors are already overburdened and that he is seeking other new positions to address specific needs in the county.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: July 10, 2003
Gang injunction (Los Angeles, CA): In Los Angeles, the city attorney, police chief, and other officials said they will ask a judge to bar certain members of the Rolling 60s Crips from driving into rival turf. The injunction would prohibit two or more gang members in one vehicle from entering a neighborhood claimed by any of five named rival gangs: The Van Ness Gangsters, the Eight Trey Gangsters, the Crenshaw Mafia, the Inglewood Family and the 62 Brims. It also would place restrictions on certain Rolling 60s members, including setting a curfew and barring gang members from gathering in public.
Source: City News Service Date: July 10, 2003
Man slain while riding in car is identified (St. Louis, MO): Homicide detectives say the shooting death of a 21-year-old man may have been gang-related and in retaliation for an earlier shooting. The victim was riding in a car when the occupants of another car fired shots. The 24-year-old driver of the victim's car was also seriously wounded.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Date: July 10, 2003
Chicago to install video cameras in high-crime areas (Chicago, IL): Officials announced that portable surveillance cameras will be posted on light posts and telephone posts in Chicago neighborhoods to help fight the gang problem. This initiative is part of a new strategy called Operation Disruption, which was put in place to tackle drug dealing and gang violence. Video footage will be used for investigations and be recorded 24-hours-a-day. The mobility of the cameras will allow police to move them around the city, depending on criminal activity in different areas. A spokeswoman from the International Association of Chiefs of Police says, "The likelihood of a conviction with videotaped evidence increases. A person would be less likely to commit a crime if they're on camera."
Source: The Associated Press Date: July 10, 2003
New Bedford police seek drive-by slay suspects (New Bedford, MA): Police are looking for suspects involved in a drive-by shooting that left a 22-year-old man dead. The victim was found unconscious in the Navajo Court neighborhood and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Police are unsure if the victim was the intended target, and they have no motive for the killing.
Source: Boston Herald Date: July 10, 2003
Passenger in fatal crash shot (Central Florida): A male and female, both age 17, were injured in a drive-by shooting Tuesday night. Both were walking near their homes when a car pulled up behind them and fired several shots. The male, who was hit in the lower back, was in stable condition at a hospital. The female, who was hit in the lower leg, was treated and released. Investigators are looking for an identified car and two suspects. Seminole County sheriff's spokesman said they have not determined a motive for the shooting.
Source: Orlando Sentinel Date: July 10, 2003
Second arrest in gang-related slaying of honor student (Sacramento, CA): A second arrest has been made in what police are calling a gang-related slaying of a 15-year-old Florin High School student. A 23-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of the negligent discharge of a weapon and suspicion of murder. A week earlier, an 18-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. Witnesses told police that two or three people opened fire on a car in which the victim was one of several passengers. Investigators are uncertain who the intended target was.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: July 9, 2003
Man shot (Salt Lake City, UT) : Salt Lake City police are investigating a shooting in which a 27-year-old man was wounded. The pedestrian was approached by four men in a vehicle; all were wearing red clothing. He was harassed for wearing blue, police said. One man in the car pulled out a gun and began shooting, striking the victim once. Police say the incident is gang-related. The victim was treated at a hospital and released.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: July 9, 2003
Gunfire between cars leaves one man dead (St. Louis, MO): A 23-year-old man was killed and another man, also 23, was wounded when numerous shots were fired from one car into another, police said. Police believe the shooting was gang-related. The wounded driver was in serious condition.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Date: July 9, 2003
Murder charges certified to grand jury (Staunton, VA): Three suspects, ages 20, 21, and 24, facing the possibility of life in prison for the gang-related killing of a 19-year-old male, had their cases certified to the grand jury. The 24-year-old is charged with first-degree murder, while the other two defendants are charged with accessory to murder before the fact. An investigator reported that several Crip gang members met at an apartment to order the killing prior to the incident.
Source: The Daily News Leader Date: July 9, 2003
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