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Man pleads not guilty in gang-related killings (Los Angeles, CA): The suspected leader of a northeast Los Angeles gang pled not guilty to nine gang-related killings and six attempted murders. In the death penalty case, the gang leader is suspected of either killing or supervising the killing of five men and four women as part of a scheme to control narcotics trade in Atwater Village, a Los Angeles suburb.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: March 14, 2003
Suspect in shooting nabbed (Greensboro, NC): A 22-year-old man was arrested for the drive-by shooting death of a 16-year-old on March 8th. The shooting was related to an ongoing dispute between local Bloods and Crips, police said. On the night of the shooting, the victim was said to be flashing gang signs with the suspect, but it still is not clear whether the victim was a gang member.
Source: News and Record Date: March 14, 2003
County board okays unit to fight gang activities (Pontiac, IL) : Increased gang activity in Livingston County has prompted officials to approve a gang-suppression unit. A six-member unit will most likely be comprised of two deputies from the sheriff's department, two police officers from the Pontiac Police Department, and one officer each from the Dwight and Fairbury police departments. The approval by the county has now opened the doors for discussion of intergovernmental agreements to make arrests anywhere in the county. According to officials, gang activity has been on the rise in the Pontiac area due to police displacing gangs from other cities.
Source: The Pantagraph Date: March 14, 2003
Otero County authorities arrest five in Alamogordo shooting death (Alamogordo, NM): Five people have been arrested in Otero County for shooting a 22-year-old man to death. A local district attorney has said that the shooting was gang-related.
Source: The Associated Press & Local Wire Date: March 13, 2003
Athens Homicide (Los Angeles, CA): On March 12, a gunman in a gray car shot and killed a 19-year-old man and wounded two others in an unincorporated area of LA County, in what Sheriif's Department officials are terming a gang-related drive-by shooting.
Source: City News Service Date: March 13, 2003
Shooting victim, brother involved in crash (Ivanhoe, CA): A 17-year-old boy crashed his car as he was driving his younger brother to a local hospital. The younger brother had been shot three times in an apparent gang-related shooting. The driver had hit speeds of up to 100 mph before he crashed. The two brothers were walking out of a local supermarket when they were approached by two boys. An argument preceded the actual shooting. The two suspects fled the scene on bicycles.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: March 13, 2003
New charges in Aurora gang probe (Aurora, IL): According to Aurora police, a third man has been charged with murder in Operation Double Down, an ongoing federal, state and local investigation targeting an Aurora street gang. The man was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the October 16, 2002 shooting of a 24-year-old man. Operation Double Down has resulted in many arrests for state and federal gang-related drug and weapons charges.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: March 13, 2003
Suspect arrested in shooting (Oklahoma City, OK): An 18-year-old man was arrested March 11 on complaints of murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and using a motor vehicle to discharge a weapon. He is the suspect of a drive-by shooting that killed a 19-year-old man while wounding another 17-year-old man. An investigation is underway to see if there are any links between the shootings and an ongoing dispute between rival gangs. The shootings occurred in the 1500 block of SW 23, an area claimed by both the Grande Barrio Comitatus, commonly known as GBC, and the South Side Locos. Police say that there are no records of the suspect being a gang member, but they are not ruling out the possibility.
Source: The Oklahoman Date: March 12, 2003
Seven hurt in Fresno shooting - crash (Fresno, CA): A chaotic scene resulted March 11, when two rival groups sped through the streets of Fresno, California, while exchanging gunfire. Three people were shot, including two bystanders, while four others were injured in the car crash which ended the chase. Two shooting victims, a 20-year-old man and a 39-year-old man, were in critical, but stable condition. A 15-year-old boy who was shot in the stomach, is a possible suspect. A mother, her four-year-old boy, and two teenage siblings, were injured and hospitalized after their car was struck by one of the vehicles involved in the shooting. A white four-door car believed to be carrying four men, fled the scene immediately and police have no leads as to who the suspects are or the whereabouts of the car. Authorities do not know what prompted the shooting and have not stated whether this was gang-related or not.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: March 12, 2003
Four wounded in two separate shootings on South Side (Chicago, IL): A total of four men were wounded in two shootings March 11th. The first involved an unknown offender who walked up to a 19-year-old man, started a fight, and then shot the man in the neck and abdomen. The victim was in stable condition, police said. The second incident was a drive-by shooting that resulted in three males being shot. The suspect drove off without being identified. Two men were in critical condition while the third was in serious condition. Police have not announced whether any of these incidents were gang-related.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: March 12, 2003
Street shooting (Los Angeles, CA): A young man was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in the southwest area of Los Angeles on the evening of March 11th. The victim was shot after he had left a parking lot where minutes earlier he had been arguing with an unidentified group of males. The group fled the scene by vehicle. It has not been determined whether this shooting was gang-related.
Source: City News Service Date: March 12, 2003
Drugs, guns seized in Lancaster Raids (Lancaster, CA): Detectives in Lancaster, California, arrested six men, a woman, and teenager in an investigation that began with three San Fernando Valley shootings three months ago, involving two rival gangs. Police seized crack cocaine, two pounds of marijuana, weapons, and $13,000 in cash in gang members' homes. Police refused to comment on whether any of the eight arrested were involved in the shootings.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: March 12, 2003
Victim of gunshot walks into hospital (San Bernardino, CA): A man was shot on the evening of March 10, while standing near a phone booth, when a individual drove by asked him where he was from. Before he could answer, the unknown suspect opened fire. This may have been a gang-related attack. The victim's wound was not life-threatening.
Source: The Press-Enterprise Date: March 11, 2003
Times Square Dragnet - Hunt widens as cops eye two shooters in melee (New York, NY): Police are continuing their investigation in what is being labeled as the "Times Square" shooting. On the evening of March 9th, ten people were injured in a Times Square night club. Eight people were shot and two were stabbed. Four men are being questioned in this investigation at this point. Police believe that this was not a gang-related incident, while one witness states that the violence was indeed gang-related.
Source: New York Post Date: March 11, 2003
Santa Paula Police Chief vows crackdown as homicides soar (Santa Paula, CA): Officials in Santa Paula, California, plan new strategies to stop gang violence. Homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, auto theft, and arson all increased in 2002 and resulted in the more proactive approach. Part of the plan calls for a redeployment of 29 officers in different areas of town to monitor any activity that may lead to gang violence. Two of the 29 officers will be in street clothes to better assess the gang problem.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: March 11, 2003
Gang crimes up in the Valley (San Fernando Valley, CA): Officials reported that homicide attempts by gang members in the San Fernando Valley increased 209 percent for January 2003; 34, compared to 11 in January 2002. Although attempts have increased, Los Angeles Police Department officials say that gang killings for the beginning of 2003 have actually dropped 44 percent in the Valley compared to the same time last year.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: March 11, 2003
Family: Slain teen kept to himself (Greensboro, NC): A 16-year-old boy was fatally shot on the evening of March 8th. He was approaching an intersection with a group of other people when shots were fired from a four-door car. Police are still investigating the motive of this killing and have not made arrests. The boy's grandmother stated that he was not a gang member.
Source: News and Record Date: March 10, 2003
Fatal shooting leaves two wounded (San Francisco, CA): San Francisco Police are still looking for the suspects who killed one and wounded two during a drive-by shooting on the evening of March 10th. Police believe the suspects could be three to four men.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle Date: March 10, 2003
Churches aim to break gangs' hold (Bloomington, IN): Local church leaders in Bloomington, Indiana, are setting aside religious differences to fight a common enemy: gangs. After a series of gang-related shootings occurred in the fall of 2002, local police asked church leaders for help, leading to the formation of "Operation Impact." The members of Operation Impact now plan to educate themselves through gang trainings and youth activities to get a better feel of what areas they need to target. They want to gain the trust of kids and teens, and provide activities to keep them off the streets.
Source: The Pantagraph Date: March 10, 2003
Three men shot dead within blocks of one another (Los Angeles, CA) : Investigation is underway for three gang-related homicides that occurred in the Wilshire Center area from the evening of March 7th into the early morning hours of March 8th. The killings all appeared to be gang-related, but have no connection to one another, said Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). According to LAPD, the first involved a man being shot in the back of the head. In a second incident, a man was shot in the chest by a suspect on a bicycle. The shooting was prefaced by an argument between the two individuals. In the third shooting, the victim was approached by a gunman and was shot in the chest. Police believe that there were two other men accompanying the gunman.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: March 9, 2003
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