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Seven charged in murder-for-hire sting (El Centro, CA): Seven people, ranging from 21- to 38-years-old, accused of agreeing to be hired as killers in exchange for $80,000 were arraigned on federal charges. The suspects are believed to be part of a Logan Heights gang, authorities said. During the nine-month investigation led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the suspects told undercover agents they were hired to kill people.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: September 20, 2003
Long Island gang-slay shock (Long Island, NY): A 37-year-old man was brutally murdered by members of the 18th Street gang as he was walking home from work. Police say there may be a connection between the man's murder and an attack on a couple in their 30s hours earlier. The 18th Street gang is believed to be responsible for both attacks.
Source: New York Post Date: September 20, 2003
Nine busted in high school gang beating (Queens, NY): Nine teenagers were arrested for an alleged gang-related fight at Beach Channel High School that left multiple individuals with minor injuries, authorities said. Sources say the fight may have stemmed from an incident during the summer. Five teens, ages 17 and 18, were arrested for second-degree assault. Four minors were also charged.
Source: New York Post Date: September 20, 2003
Safety net will be cast at Crane (Chicago, IL): Chicago public schools are implementing a "safe passage" program to protect students traveling to and from school. The recent death of a 15-year-old teen, who police believe gang members mistook for a member of a rival gang, has prompted school officials to recruit 100 volunteers to stand on street corners around Crane High School for one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: September 20, 2003
Gang reportedly promoting unsafe sex (Worcester, MA): Two Worcester girls have been pressured into having unprotected sex with HIV-infected gang members as part of their initiation, executive director of the South Worcester Neighborhood Center said. He also went on to say that gangs in Worcester's Green Island and Main South neighborhoods have recently stepped up their recruitment efforts in an attempt to expand their turf. It was not confirmed if the girls had gone through with the initiation. No information on the gang was available. In response, local agencies are planning strategies to help inform people on the dangers of gangs and HIV.
Source: Telegram and Gazette Date: September 20, 2003
Shooting may leave Wichita man paralyzed (Wichita, KS): A gang-related shooting may have left a 27-year-old man paralyzed. The victim and the 29-year-old suspect, who are acquaintances, were allegedly arguing over a woman when the shot was fired. Police are searching for the suspect.
Source: The Wichita Eagle Date: September 20, 2003
Drive-by shooting leaves Shreveport man injured (Shreveport, LA): A 23-year-old man was injured during a drive-by shooting in which occupants of a home were the targets. As a car approached a house, its passengers began firing shots. The occupants of the house returned fire, a witness said. A second car came up as bullets began to fly, and the driver was unsuccessful at swerving around the first car. The two cars collided, and the first car struck a tree. Occupants of both vehicles and occupants of the house fled. The 23-year-old victim, who was a passenger in the first car, suffered a gunshot wound and fell on the grass. The man was in serious condition. Investigation is continuing.
Source: The Times Date: September 20, 2003
Gang member is charged in stepfather's killing (Aurora, IL): A 23-year-old man has been charged with recruiting a pair of teenagers to kill his stepfather during a staged home invasion in Aurora, west of Chicago. Police originally thought the stepfather died from a shooting during a home burglary but later found that the shooting was orchestrated by his 23-year-old stepson. The suspect and his younger brother were apparently upset about how the stepfather treated their late mother. The older brother recruited two 16-year-old boys to shoot his stepfather. All three are in the same street gang and charged with murder. A 17-year-old boy was also arrested for driving the two gunmen to the home.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Date: September 20, 2003
Tulsa program targets potential gang members (Tulsa, OK): The Oklahoma Board of Juvenile Affairs and Oklahoma Department of Central Services have approved an $80,000 contract with Youth Services of Tulsa for a new project designed to prevent north Tulsa youngsters from becoming gang members. According to the executive director of the Youth Services of Tulsa, a mentoring program will be used in conjunction with positive role models to keep youngsters in school and to prepare them for jobs that might keep them away from gangs. He also said the gang program will not target known, hard-core gang members. Instead, it will be looking at the younger brothers and sisters and young neighbors of those people. The program will measure its success by reporting how many of the targeted youngsters are participating and staying in school after six months, by the numbers of encounters with police the youngsters have, and by numbers of school offenses they receive.
Source: The Daily Oklahoman Date: September 20, 2003
Two men sent to prison (Los Angeles, CA): Two reputed gang members, ages 25 and 28, convicted in a takeover-style bank robbery were sentenced to lengthy prison terms; 65 years and four months to life and 42 years and eight months to life in prison, respectively. The two men were convicted of 17 counts each, including kidnapping for purposes of robbery, robbery, assault with a firearm, and false imprisonment by violence.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: September 19, 2003
Gang slay trio nailed (Massapequa, NY): Three members of the MS-13 gang were arraigned for the fatal shooting of a fellow 18-year-old member, whom they suspected was a snitch, police said. The three suspects, two 18-year-olds and a 29-year-old, believed that the victim cooperated with police on an MS-13 gang-related, drive-by murder that occurred last February. They are being charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon. Another MS-13 member was arrested last month for the February homicide.
Source: New York Post Date: September 19, 2003
Suspects in traffic slaying arraigned (Hayward, CA): Four men were arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court in connection with a traffic-lane slaying of a 19-year-old man. A 23-year-old man was charged with the actual murder as he allegedly fired the shots that killed the victim. All four men were charged with shooting into an occupied motor vehicle. In addition, the charges for all four defendants include a street terrorism clause, namely that the alleged crimes were committed for the benefit of, or in association with, a gang. The men are members of DGF, a local incarnation of the Norteo street gang. Police do not believe the victim or his passenger, who was shot in the leg, had any gang connections.
Source: Alameda Times-Star Date: September 19, 2003
Gangs, pushers, johns busted in Chelsea raid (Chelsea, MA): In Chelsea, dozens of alleged dope pushers, gang members, and johns were arrested during operation "Clean the Clock," a citywide crackdown on drugs and prostitution. Suspects were arrested on heroin, crack cocaine, and marijuana charges, including some with suspected ties to the violent MS 13 gang. According to police, gang recruitment has been on the rise for MS 13, the 18th Street gang, and the Latin Kings in Chelsea and East Boston.
Source: Boston Herald Date: September 19, 2003
Gang-style shootings investigated (Las Vegas, NV): Police are searching for suspects in a gang-related shooting that wounded four people in Las Vegas. At least some of the victims and the suspects are believed to be gang members, police said.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: September 19, 2003
Lexington 2 considers policy to deter gangs (Columbia, SC): Schools in Lexington's District Two may soon implement a discipline policy aimed at students who are involved in gangs. Students targeted are ones who use gang-hand signals, draw gang graffiti, or wear jewelry, clothing, or other items that imply gang affiliation. Parents of students who violate the policy would be notified of their children's possible gang involvement. A second violation would result in a student's name and photo being given to the Lexington County Sheriff's Department, which has a list of possible gang members in the area. After a third violation, a student would appear before the district's hearing officer and could be suspended or expelled.
Source: The State Date: September 19, 2003
Two killed, five hurt as gunmen raid backyard birthday party (Oxnard, CA): Two men, ages 20 and 19, were killed and five others were wounded by gunmen who walked into a backyard birthday party in Oxnard and started shooting. Two or possibly three gunmen stepped through a side gate into the backyard of the house and fired several rounds at the crowd of people. Three bullets pierced the walls of a neighbor's living room and garage. Police said the shooting was unprovoked but gang-related. The five wounded, four men and a woman, were treated for minor to moderate injuries.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: September 18, 2003
Homicide investigation (Los Angeles, CA): In southeast Los Angeles, two boys, ages 14 and 16, were arrested in connection with a gang-related shooting that killed a 21-year-old man and left a 16-year-old boy wounded, police said. The two victims were sitting in a car when two suspects came to the car and began firing their handguns. Witnesses then assisted police in locating the suspects.
Source: City News Service Date: September 18, 2003
Slashings at two city high schools (Manhattan and Queens, NY): Three students suffered slash wounds at two different high schools; one of them gang-related, according to police. In the first incident, two students were slashed outside Brandeis High School after a gang-related, bottle-throwing fight. The second incident took place at Forest Hills High School when a student was slashed by another student after he refused to give him money. None of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries.
Source: New York Post Date: September 18, 2003
The return of the street gang (Prince George's County, DC): Authorities in Prince George's County are searching for ways to deal with emerging gangs and surges in organized gang activity. This past June, a 16-year-old boy was beaten and shot by a pair of suspected members of the MS-13 gang. The motive was traced back to a dispute over a girl that had attracted the victim and one of the attackers. This incident and subsequent statements to detectives highlight the growing problem of brutal gangs in Prince George's County. Officials have seen a change in the county's demographics as more and more Latino immigrants have moved into Prince George's communities near the DC border. According to authorities, recruitment into the gang has been noticeably heavy among middle and high school students. Some local factions of the gang include: Sailors Locos Salvatrucha West, Langley Park Salvatrucha, and Tec Las Locos Salvatrucha. While rivals of MS-13, DC-based Vatos Lacos and 18th Street gangs, have also surfaced in the county, authorities are mostly concerned with MS-13. Police in northern Virginia also report that MS-13 has become the most dangerous and fastest-growing gang.
Source: The Washington Post Date: September 18, 2003
Upsurge in gang violence worries police (Washington, DC): DC street gangs were the cause of four deaths this summer. Community leaders and police are seeking ways to stop the shootings. Based heavily in Latino neighborhoods, gangs have been recruiting heavily, marking turf, and feuding. In July, a feud began between the Mara R and the 1-5 Amigos in Columbia Heights, which eventually led to the deaths of one 1-5 Amigo member, a Mara R member, and the wounding of three others. In August, two separate rivalries led to shootings in areas of Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan. One incident between the Street Thug Criminals and Vatos Lacos left two men dead and two others injured. An anti-gang task force was created by DC police to counter the activity in Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, Petworth, and other areas. In addition, all-girl crews have been growing in number and engaging in their own feuds, gang experts say.
Source: The Washington Post Date: September 18, 2003
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