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RICO Act gets gang leader life prison sentence (Salt Lake City, UT): A gang leader, who was convicted of directing the King Mafia Disciples from behind bars in a series of violent crimes, is slated to spend the rest of his life in prison. The case marked the first attempt in Utah to use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, the federal racketeering law, to take down a street gang member. He was convicted in federal court in May of conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering activity, and use of a firearm in a murder aiding racketeering activity. Prosecutors claim that the man, who was in state prison for a 1993 drive-by shooting, ordered fellow King Mafia Disciples to kill a rival gang member. On February 22, 1996, his followers went to a home where they believed their target lived and mistakenly shot and killed a 19-year-old man as he slept.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: October 7, 2003
Madera drive-by leaves two injured (Madera, CA): A father and son were shot outside their home, and a group of children were shot at in a park during two separate drive-by shootings. Neither the father nor his son suffered life-threatening wounds. None of the children in the park were injured. Police have information on the suspects but have not made any arrests.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: October 6, 2003
Fatal shooting (Los Angeles, CA): A 25-year-old man was fatally shot in a possible gang-related, drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles, authorities said. The man was walking down the street with a friend when he was shot twice by someone in a vehicle. No further information was available.
Source: City News Service Date: October 6, 2003
Gunman in car kills man on far West Side (Chicago, IL): Police are investigating the death of a 24-year-old man after he was chased down and shot in a West Side parking lot. The victim and a 26-year-old woman were walking across a parking lot when a van approached them. Two masked men with guns got out of the van, confronted them, and began firing. Police said the crime could be gang-related.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: October 6, 2003
Gangs of Charlotte (Charlotte, NC): The Charlotte Observer ran a special series called "Gangs of Charlotte" in the beginning of October. Please visit the link below to access all of the articles. NOTE: Registration is required to read the articles, but there is no charge to sign up for an account.
Source: The Charlotte Observer Date: October 5, 2003
How cops pin on the gang label (Sacramento, CA): A 15-year-old boy was fatally shot near McClatchy High School in what police say was a gang-related incident. According to police, the boy was a confirmed member of the Norteno street gang. Family members disagree, but according to police, the boy clearly met two of the 10 criteria required to be a validated gang member in Sacramento. These criteria range from having a gang logo tattoo, wearing gang colors, or involvement in gang-related crimes. Statewide, police track gangs and their activities through a system using guidelines set by the California Department of Justice. In Sacramento, the police and sheriff's departments and the district attorney's office worked together to adapt the DOJ guidelines to their own criteria.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: October 4, 2003
Jail seeks to move inmates suspected of gang activity (Paducah, KY): Four inmates from the McCracken County jail may be moved into a prison system at the state's Corrections Department after their part in two gang-related incidents. In the first incident, an inmate was beaten by at least four other inmates. In the second incident, an inmate covered with a blanket suffered minor burns to his feet when another inmate set the blanket on fire. Both inmates were treated for their injuries and returned to their cells.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: October 4, 2003
Two men charged in slaying of boy waiting for bus (Minneapolis, MN): Two men, ages 19 and 23, were charged with murder in the April gang-related shooting death of a 16-year-old boy as he waited for a school bus in North Minneapolis. Both men are members of the Purple Brothers street gang and were charged with first-degree murder and crime committed for the benefit of a gang. The victim was a member of the rival Oroville Mono Boys gang.
Source: Pioneer Press Date: October 4, 2003
Two arrested and one sought in gang attack (Englewood, NJ): Two 18-year-old men were charged with attempted murder in connection with a gang attack that injured two men and sent a third to the hospital with stab wounds. According to the victims, they were walking down the street when they were approached by two men who asked if they belonged to the Bloods street gang. When they said they were not members, as many as eight other men approached, then kicked them, punched them, and hit them with bats.
Source: The Record Date: October 4, 2003
Three-year-old killed (Weslaco, TX): A 3-year-old girl was killed, and two relatives were injured in a drive-by shooting at a trailer park in Weslaco. The girl's uncle and aunt, ages 23 and 22, respectively, were in serious but stable condition. The family was outside their home when people in a car drove past and opened fire with a shotgun, police said. "We believe the target of the shooting was in fact a rival gang member," an officer said. "We do have suspects in mind."
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: October 4, 2003
Bayview residents call for anti-gang initiatives (San Francisco, CA): Bayview-Hunters Point residents and city officials are seeking more government funding for anti-gang efforts after a seven-week-old boy was killed in an alleged gang-related shooting. The monies will go towards jobs and crime-fighting organizations for young people in the working class district, which has one of the highest rates of gang violence in the city.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle Date: October 3, 2003
Tucsonan sought in shooting death (Tucson, AZ): Tucson police have charged an 18-year-old man with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in a June 27 shooting. A 22-year-old man was killed, and a 23-year-old man was wounded in the gang-related shooting. Both the 22-year-old victim and the suspect are believed to be members of different Tucson street gangs.
Source: Tucson Citizen Date: October 3, 2003
San Diego stabbing (San Diego, CA): A 23-year-old man was stabbed and fired upon in what may have been a gang-related attack, police said. The victim was standing on a sidewalk when he was approached by two men who asked him where he was from. The two assailants stabbed the man after he denied any gang affiliation. As he ran away, several shots were fired at him, but he was not hit. Gang detectives are investigating the attack.
Source: City News Service Date: October 3, 2003
Boy will stand trial as adult in two shootings (Minneapolis, MN): A 15-year-old Minneapolis boy was certified to stand trial as an adult in connection with two unrelated shootings. One incident resulted in a man's death, and the other wounded a youth. The boy and a 20-year-old man were indicted in July in connection with the fatal May 16 shooting. Each was charged with first- and second-degree murder and with first-and second-degree murder for the benefit of a gang. The shooting was allegedly gang-related; however, the victim was not a gang member. In an incident less than two weeks prior to the fatal shooting, the teen was also charged for shooting a boy as he was riding his bicycle. The victim identified the assailant as a Bloods street gang member.
Source: Pioneer Press Date: October 3, 2003
Drive-by shooting injures teen (Salinas, CA): An 18-year-old man was shot while standing on a street corner, police said. The victim was talking to friends when a vehicle occupied by several males drove by and several shots were fired. The man's wounds were non-life threatening. No arrests have been made.
Source: Monterey County Herald Date: October 2, 2003
Teen held in killing at party (Citrus Heights, CA): Police arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old man at a party in Citrus Heights, authorities said. After an argument broke out, the victim was shot by someone in an SUV that had pulled up in front of the home. It has yet to be determined if the shooting was gang related or not.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: October 2, 2003
Freeway shooting (National City, CA): In a possible gang-related attack, a 23-year-old man was wounded while driving on Interstate 5 in National City, officials said. The victim was first approached by two men at a gas station when they asked him what gang he belonged to. As the victim later headed south on Interstate 5, the two men drove up to him in another vehicle and opened fire. The man was treated for a single shot wound. No arrests have been made.
Source: City News Service Date: October 2, 2003
Cartels linked to gangs in suburbs (Aurora, IL): Two men were arrested after police received a random tip leading to the biggest drug bust in Aurora history. Agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives have teamed up with local investigators in Aurora and elsewhere to set up stings to arrest drug traffickers in hopes that it could lead them to Mexican cartel bosses. In the last three years, the stings have led to the arrests of more than 100 gang members and associates on federal charges of drug trafficking, weapons possession, and other crimes. Although Chicago has been long monitored as a trading post for Mexican drug cartels, over the past five years, area suburbs such as Aurora, Addison, Elgin, and Glendale Heights have sparked investigators' interest. Violence between cartel-connected street gangs have caused an increase in homicides in the state. Last year, Aurora had 25 homicides, pushing the murder rate (killings per 100,000) to more than four times the national average. So far this year, Aurora has had 13 killings.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: October 2, 2003
Brewing Glades Central fight leads to ten arrests (Belle Glade, FL): Ten students from rival groups at Glades Central High School were arrested for attempting to start a fight. A boy who shoved the assistant principal was charged with battery on a school district employee, and others were charged with inciting a riot. In addition, all have been suspended and are being processed for expulsion from school. In another incident, a 19-year-old man was arrested in September when, according to deputies, he stabbed three other young men at a junior varsity football game between Glades Central and Pahokee High. Several authorities believe the recent fighting is gang-related and is a series of retaliations.
Source: The Palm Beach Post Date: October 2, 2003
West Side drive-by shooting hurts four (San Antonio, TX): Four people were injured in what appears to be a gang-related, drive-by shooting on the West Side. According to witnesses and the victims, a group of people were talking in the front yard of a house when an SUV pulled up, and the driver and two passengers began yelling "RPK!" which, according to police, stands for Rosedale Park Kings. Shots were fired, and the suspects sped off. No arrests have been made.
Source: San Antonio Express-News Date: October 2, 2003
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