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Schools step up anti-gang programs; violence, vandalism rise on campuses in Pittsburg district (Pittsburg, CA): Pittsburg area schools intend to counter increasing gang activity on campuses by educating parents and school staff about gang attire and graffiti. Hiring a former gang member to discuss the dangers of gang activity is another method being considered to prevent students from joining gangs.
Source: Contra Costa Times Date: March 28, 2003
Gun bill targets minors (Los Angeles, CA): City officials are seeking to pass a bill that would prohibit minors who are convicted of weapons possession from obtaining another gun until they turn 30. According to the Los Angeles Police Department Chief of Police, "Assembly Bill (AB) 319 would reduce gang crime by targeting young offenders who stay with gangs well into adulthood." "It would also punish the 500 youths in California who are arrested each year for bringing a weapon to school," he said. Under state law, juveniles convicted of murder, kidnapping, and rape are prohibited from possessing a weapon until they turn 30. AB 319 would add possession of a concealed or loaded weapon and keeping a weapon in one's car to that list of crimes.
Source: Copley News Service Date: March 28, 2003
Police seek leads in two Desert Hot Springs shootings (Desert Hot Springs, CA): Police are investigating a gang-related drive-by shooting that occurred on March 26th. Suspects have not been identified yet because of the victims' lack of cooperation. According to witnesses, the car involved had at least one gunman, and shots were fired at several people in two other cars.
Source: The Desert Sun Date: March 28, 2003
Michaux Bill aimed at gang activity (Durham, NC): A Durham lawyer filed a "Street Gang and Terrorism Prevention Act" (a.k.a. Michaux Bill) in the legislature that, according to the author and local officials, would give North Carolina its first meaningful statute for fighting gangs. Under the Bill, persons who violated the law as part of a "pattern of criminal gang activity" could be convicted of a separate felony. They could receive 10 additional years in prison, to begin at the end of any sentence imposed for the underlying offense and forfeit money and property acquired through gang activity. Also, the existence of a gang may be established "by evidence of a common name or common identifying signs, symbols, tattoos, graffiti, or attire, or other distinguishing characteristics." Lastly, recruiting people for gang membership would be considered a crime as well as threats and retaliation against anyone seeking to withdraw from a criminal street gang.
Source: The Herald-Sun Date: March 28, 2003
Crowd told gang activity down in Northeast (Richland County, SC): According to officials in Richland County, the rate of gang activity has decreased since October 2002, but according to a member of the Richland County Sheriff's Gang Task Force, the number of gangs in the area has increased from 24 to 27. The three newest gangs are Pretty Boy Lovers, Insane Crip Nation, and Insane Gangster Disciples. Parents, teachers, students and community residents have been instrumental in the decline in gang activity, but officials stressed that there is much work to be done. The summer months will be the real test for this community as young people have more free time, and gangs tend to add to their memberships, then bring their new allegiances to school when they return in the fall.
Source: The State Date: March 27, 2003
Two arrested in stabbing near Fullerton School (Fullerton, CA): A 21-year-old male and an unidentified teenager were arrested, suspected of stabbing a 17-year-old student during a gang-related fight. The victim was assaulted after leaving La Vista Continuation School. The two suspects fled the scene in a van after initiating the fight and stabbing the victim in the stomach. Authorities reported that the victim was in good condition at a local area hospital.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: March 27, 2003
Ardmore shooting (Hollywood, CA): Two men were hospitalized with non-life threatening wounds after a drive-by shooting in an area south of Hollywood. Los Angeles Police reported that the suspects pulled up to the two victims and opened fire. No other information was available.
Source: City News Service Date: March 27, 2003
Man shot as he lifts baby from car (Aurora, IL): A 20-year-old man was shot while getting his daughter out of his car. The daughter and other passengers of the vehicle were not injured. The man was treated and released from a local hospital, police said. A teenager was reported by police to have approached the man in his driveway and opened fire. Police believe it was a gang-related incident, but have no leads to a suspect yet.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: March 26, 2003
Hollywood Homicide (Hollywood, CA): An unidentified man, about 30 years old, was killed in a drive-by shooting, Los Angeles Police said. A description of the suspect vehicle was not available.
Source: City News Service Date: March 26, 2003
Family survives drive-by shooting (Oklahoma City, OK): A drive-by shooting in an Oklahoma City neighborhood left a family's house with 24 bullet holes, but apparently was not reported to Oklahoma City police. A case manager at a Latino Community Development Agency said that the shooting was more than likely gang-related. The official also went on to state that 79 percent of crimes in the area are gang-related, and that 60 percent of the teen-agers and children in the Latino neighborhood are affiliated with gangs.
Source: The Oklahoman Date: March 26, 2003
Boy killed in drive-by shooting (Los Angeles, CA): A 13-year-old boy was killed in a drive-by shooting on March 23rd. Police suspect two males to be involved.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: March 24, 2003
Teenager fatally shot blocks away from home (Chicago, IL): A 17-year-old male was fatally shot on the Northwest Side on March 23rd. The victim was shot in the back by someone in a car that had pulled up beside him as he was getting out of a vehicle. He was pronounced dead at a local area hospital. Police said no suspects were in custody.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: March 24, 2003
Man, 24, killed in drive-by attack (Aurora, IL): A 24-year-old man was killed, and police believe a second man was injured in a drive-by shooting on March 21st. Both men were in a group of people standing outside a grocery store when the shooting occurred. The 24-year-old appeared to be the target, police said. No arrests have been made.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: March 24, 2003
Gang Shooting (Los Angeles, CA): A gang-related walk-up attack in Pacoima left an 18-year-old man dead and two others injured. The two surviving victims were taken to local hospitals. Los Angeles Police Department has released no further details.
Source: City News Service Date: March 24, 2003
Peoria man killed in city's first 2003 homicide (Peoria, IL): A 26-year-old man was shot in the head while another man, a 22-year-old, was in serious condition at a local hospital in Peoria after being shot in the head also. Police said that the 26-year-old was affiliated with the Black P-Stones, a Chicago-area street gang that also has members throughout the Midwest, but it has not yet been determined whether the shooting was gang-related.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: March 24, 2003
Brothers killed near bar (Las Vegas, NV): Two brothers were fatally shot in the morning hours of March 22nd in the parking lot of a Las Vegas bar. One brother was found dead inside a car and the other just outside of the vehicle. At least two other gang-related slayings have occurred at the lounge or in its parking lot. Police have not named any suspects.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: March 23, 2003
Piru man dies after dispute (Fillmore, CA): In Fillmore, California, a 27-year-old man died during a gang-related confrontation, according to authorities. The victim may have been stabbed and beaten after he and another person were involved in a confrontation with two others. Police have no suspects yet, but were questioning a witness.
Source: Ventura County Star Date: March 23, 2003
Elgin man arrested for chain attack (Elgin, IL): Elgin police arrested and charged an 18-year-old male gang member for aggravated battery when he attacked another man with a chain. The victim suffered lacerations to his back and neck, according to the report.
Source: Daily Herald Date: March 22, 2003
Public Enemy No. 1 (Salt Lake City, UT): A 23-year-old member of an Asian gang is being sought by the Salt Lake area metro gang unit for attempted homicide during a drive-by shooting. The gang member was sitting in the passenger seat of a car that pulled up next to another car and fired several shots. No one was injured in this incident.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: March 21, 2003
Authorities seek three men in shooting death in Huron (Huron, CA): Fresno County sheriff's detectives are seeking three men who are believed to be involved with the shooting death of a 33-year-old man. The shooting was precipitated by a beer bottle and rock-throwing fight between the victim and suspects. Authorities say that this was a gang-related confrontation. They have made no arrests, and witnesses have only given them limited information.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: March 19, 2003
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