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Anti-gang unit resumes active role (Bloomington, IL): In Bloomington, IL, the anti-gang unit is making a stand in what they call, "re-establishing the front line in a war against gangs." Some officers from the city of Normal reunited with their Bloomington counterparts following several years of independent agency operations. Lack of manpower disassembled what once was a five agency task force, but with a rejuvenated proactive approach on the streets, the city has seen results in the abating of gang crimes. Key arrests of gang members and drug dealers, confiscating of hand guns, and increased street pressure are just some of the successes. Their main goal is to minimize street-level crimes and gang violence. They hope that the message they have been conveying this past winter will be just as pronounced in the warmer months to come as, typically, people will be out and about more.
Source: The Pantagraph Date: March 9, 2003
Shooting of teens might be gang-related (Portland, OR): Three boys, ages 15, 16, and 17, were on the receiving end of what was believed to be a gang-related shooting. Details were sparse, no weapons were recovered, and it is not known if this was a drive-by shooting. Police said that if this incident proves to be gang-related, it will be a continuation of an ongoing problem of gang violence in the Portland area, noting at least three nonfatal shootings in the past week. Police have no leads or suspects, and it is not certain that or any proof that the victims were the intended targets.
Source: The Oregonian Date: March 9, 2003
Fillmore crime rose in 2002 amid gang battles (Ventura County, CA): The city of Fillmore has seen its crime rate increase 15% in the past year, with a jump in felony violence. Law enforcement attributes much of the increase to gang activity. Tactics being used by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department to combat the increase include: increased drug arrests, more patrolling in bars, and more searches of the homes of suspects on probation or parole. A special effort was also made to address the issue of youth gangs.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: March 8, 2003
Police seek help in shooting case (Salinas, CA): In Salinas, California, a 17-year-old boy was shot multiple times by someone police believe is a gang member. The teenager was driving in his car when the alleged gang member pulled up next to him and fired several shots. The victim, who was not believed to be a gang member, survived his injuries.
Source: The Salinas Californian Date: March 8, 2003
Slaying of ex-convict could be gang-related (Lancaster, CA): A man killed in an execution-style slaying is being identified as an ex-convict and is also believed by officials to be a Los Angeles gang member. The homicide has not yet been determined to be gang-related.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: March 8, 2003
Lockdown follows shots outside East High (Anchorage, AK): A group of students from East High School in Anchorage, Alaska, were attacked by a dozen young men while standing outside the school's pool parking lot. It was about 2:30 p.m. on March 7th; classes were out and buses had left, but several students were still on school grounds. The suspects rolled up to the East High students in three vehicles, got out, and started to swing bats and lead pipes. According to police, three gunshots were fired, but no one was seriously injured. One student was hit in the arm with a lead pipe while another was injured by a bat. The incident doesn't seem to be gang-related nor has there ever been a history of this kind of behavior, officials stated. But recent gang-related fights locally have raised more concern. Investigation is still underway.
Source: Anchorage Daily News Date: March 8, 2003
Teen boy charged in stabbing of student (El Paso, TX): In El Paso, Texas, a 15-year-old boy allegedly stabbed a 17-year-old student from El Paso High School. School officials believe that it was gang-related. The 15-year-old is being charged with attempted murder.
Source: El Paso Times Date: March 7, 2003
Police say fatal east side shooting likely gang-related (Tacoma, WA): A 19-year-old man was fatally shot in what police believe is a gang-related shooting. Several possible suspects were seen running from a parking lot outside a convenience store on the east side of Tacoma.
Source: The News Tribune Date: March 5, 2003
Man with gang links found shot to death (Tucson, AZ): The Tuscon Police Gang Unit is investigating the fatal shooting of a 32-year-old man said to be affiliated with a gang. Witnesses told police that they heard gunfire and saw men fleeing from the scene of the crime.
Source: Tucson Citizen Date: March 4, 2003
Gang activity suspected in boy's beating (Rockport, ME): Police arrested two males, ages 16 and 18, on charges of aggravated assault in connection with an attack on a 16-year-old boy behind the Penobscot Bay YMCA. The 18-year-old suspect was also charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon after allegedly waving a pistol around during the assault. Both suspects are believed to be members of a local gang known as the Underworld Outlaws, the police chief said. The boy was attacked after being asked by the suspects, "Are you one of us?" After saying no, he was assaulted.
Source: Bangor Daily News Date: February 2, 2003
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