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Teen is shot to death (St. Louis, MO) : A 19-year-old male was killed and a 15-year-old was wounded in a possible gang-related shooting, police said. The 19-year-old was fatally shot as he was standing in a front yard, while the same gunfire wounded the 15-year-old in a nearby car. There was no information on the suspects.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Date: June 2, 2003
Man wounded in Southern California car-to-car freeway shootout (San Fernando, CA): A man was critically injured after being shot at by suspects in another vehicle on the Ronald Reagan Freeway in San Fernando. Four men fled from the second vehicle, which overturned after the shooting. Police used helicopters and dogs to search for the men, but no one was arrested. The victim is expected to survive, and his passenger was not hurt. Investigators found a trail of blood and a gun near the overturned vehicle.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: June 2, 2003
Venice shooting (Venice, CA): In Venice, a 19-year-old man was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting, police said. Detectives did not provide a motive for the shooting.
Source: City News Service Date: June 2, 2003
Florence shooting (Los Angeles, CA): A man and teenage boy were wounded in a drive-by shooting in the Hyde Park area, police said. The two are expected to survive. Police have a description of the vehicle used in the shooting.
Source: City News Service Date: June 2, 2003
Killings involving gang members on the rise (Aurora and Denver, CO): In Aurora and Denver, Colorado, officials have seen an increase in violence involving gang members, which have driven homicide rates up between 6 to 17 percent. According to the Aurora Police Department, out of nine homicides this year, four have involved at least one gang member. Gang activists, city officials, and officers from police departments in both cities have conflicting opinions on the severity of the recent rise in homicides. One issue being discussed is the distinction between gang-related crimes and gang-motivated crimes.
Source: Rocky Mountain News Date: June 2, 2003
Police to investigate trio of attacks (Salinas, CA): Investigation is ongoing in three unrelated attempted murders that occurred between early Saturday morning and early Sunday morning. In the first incident, after an argument began, a 21-year-old man was stabbed. In the second and third incidents, shots were fired between vehicles. Police are searching for suspects.
Source: The Salinas Californian Date: June 2, 2003
Teen, being sought for drive-by in Las Cruces, found in cabinet (Las Cruces, TX): Police arrested a 19-year-old man who allegedly shot three men in a drive-by shooting in Las Cruces. The three male victims, ages 19, 21, and 23, refused medical treatment, police said.
Source: El Paso Times Date: June 2, 2003
Two dead, two hurt in gang shooting (Phoenix, AZ): In Central Phoenix, police are investigating a gang shooting that left two dead and two injured. A 22-year-old man died from bullet wounds, and a 17-year-old boy was found dead in a back yard. According to reports, witnesses heard the gunshots, but some thought they were fireworks. Others say that gunfire in the neighborhood is typical. Police have no information about the assailants, and they have no one in custody.
Source: The Arizona Republic Date: June 2, 2003
Shooting leaves one dead, one injured (Annapolis, MD): A 21-year-old man was fatally shot and another man in his 20s was wounded when two, possibly three, suspects opened fire. The two victims were standing near the community mailboxes when a car pulled up. Words were exchanged, a verbal argument ensued, and then a series of shots were fired. Police do not know if the shooting was drug-related or gang-related. Information from witnesses is being gathered, and the investigation is continuing.
Source: The Capital Date: June 1, 2003
Roughest of toughs (New York): Cops and gang experts say the El Salvador gang, MS-13, has become the fastest-growing gang in the state of New York, especially in Long Island, Brooklyn, and Queens. The gang has also populated the suburbs, including Hempstead, Freeport, Glen Cove, Bay Shore, and Port Washington. Members have daytime jobs working as landscapers and bus boys, but become criminals at night, cops say. "The reason that they're such a threat is that they're violent for no reason," said an officer. "They'll fight over anything." An increase in the number of Central American immigrants has attributed to the growth. Heavy recruitment at schools has also played a part, as inductees are promised money, pot, and beer. In February, a mistaken-identity murder involved MS-13. Another individual was killed last October at a bar when three MS-13 members became enraged after getting tossed out of a club.
Source: New York Post Date: June 1, 2003
Lott links assault to gangs (Columbia, SC): Police have arrested a brother and sister (ages 21 and 23, respectively) for threatening and trying to kidnap a hospitalized witness to a gun shop robbery. The two are charged with tracking the witness down at the hospital and trying to intimidate him, Richland County Sheriff said. Another brother, 17, had already been arrested on charges that he was one of four people who broke into the gun store. The brother told deputies that he is a member of the Crips and that the guns stolen were to be used to protect them against retaliation from the rival Bloods gang. Revenge threats between rival gangs occurred the last week of school in Richland County and some Lexington County schools. The threats stemmed from a gang-related slaying on March 28, which killed an 18-year-old Bloods leader, police and gang members said.
Source: The State Date: May 31, 2003
Officials link gang to graffiti vandalism incident at Yosemite (California): Police detectives in the Central Valley and Southern California are assisting park rangers in the investigation of a graffiti vandalism incident at Yosemite National Park. The graffiti was spotted along a popular trail in the park over the Memorial Day weekend, and police are linking it to an active gang in Los Angeles and Fresno. It is the third tagging incident at the park in the last year.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: May 31, 2003
Ten people arrested in two drive-by shootings (St. Martin, MS): Ten men were arrested in connection with two gang-related drive-by shootings in the Porteaux Bay subdivision and Forest Cove subdivision in D'Iberville. The ages of the men ranged from 16 to 26 and were all charged with drive-by shooting. The men, in three different cars, fired into a home and were later arrested after a brief chase with police. "No one was hit in the shooting," said the Jackson County Sheriff. "We believe this involves two Vietnamese gangs with a vendetta trying to get back at one another."
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: May 30, 2003
Two charged in Northfield gang shooting (Northfield, MN): Two men (ages 21 and 19) have been charged in connection with a suspected gang-related shooting on May 24. Both were charged with felony assault, and the 21-year-old was also charged with attempted murder.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: May 30, 2003
Harbor shooting (Harbor City, CA): Two men were wounded in a possible gang-related shooting, police said. The shooting was reported by the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Station. No suspect description or further information was available.
Source: City News Service Date: May 30, 2003
More arrests may be coming, sheriff says (Staunton, VA): Two suspects, a 21-year-old male and 20-year-old female, are facing murder charges in connection with the gang-related killing of a 19-year-old Raphine teen. Both were charged with accessory to murder and face the possibility of life in prison if convicted. Authorities had already arrested and charged a 24 and 17-year-old with first-degree murder. There is indication that more arrests could be forthcoming. All four are members of a local Crip gang.
Source: The Daily News Leader Date: May 30, 2003
State's Gang Strike Force here for another year (Minneapolis, MN): The Minnesota Gang Strike Force has received enough funding to operate at least another year, according to officials in Minnesota. Extra money came from reallocating funds and various sources. Of the funding, just over $1 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1, nearly half will cover office expenses. The rest will go to reimburse law enforcement agencies that assign officers to the Strike Force.
Source: Star Tribune Date: May 30, 2003
Coble wants tougher laws for gang activity (Columbia, SC): The increasing threat of gangs has resulted in the mayor of Columbia lobbying for legislation that would better define gangs and provide extra punishments for crimes committed by gang members. "We've seen the last few weeks that the threat of gangs can intimidate and cause great concern to an entire city. That problem is likely to get worse, rather than better," he said. The legislation will define a gang as a group of three or more people gathered together with the purpose of committing repeated criminal acts.
Source: The State Date: May 30, 2003
Canby sees signs of gang activity (Canby, OR): Police in Canby, Oregon, are on alert for possible renewed interest in gang membership after a recent increase in gang graffiti around town. An officer said that gangs have always been a threat, and this time around the increase seems to be from young Latinos. Tracking down offenders is difficult, police say. They show up at night and know police patrol patterns to avoid being caught. "Wannabes are the worst kind," an officer said. "They will do drive-by shootings, they will do thefts, they will do anything to prove they can be a gang member."
Source: The Oregonian Date: May 30, 2003
Ten shot to death during weekend (Los Angeles, CA): Ten people were killed and 15 wounded in weekend violence that primarily involved gangs in South Los Angeles, police said. The first fatal shooting was reported when a group of people approached another group on the sidewalk and opened fire. A 20 year-old male was reported dead and three of his friends and a nearby woman were wounded. In the second incident, two males (ages 18 and 22) were killed by drive-by shooters in Hollywood. In Southwest Los Angeles, a man shot his 43-year-old girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself. Another shooting in South Los Angeles left two males (ages 16 and 18) dead, as someone on foot shot them multiple times. Just a few minutes later in the same area, a 19-year-old male was killed by a drive-by shooter, police said. A 20-year-old male and another man were in a home when a shotgun went off in the other man's hands. The shooter fled, police said. A 21-year-old Harbor City man died after a gang-related shooting, according to police. Lastly, a 25-year-old man was fatally shot when a carjacker tried to take his car in Hollywood.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: May 29, 2003
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