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Homicides (Los Angeles, CA): The homicide rate in Los Angeles fell 22.6 percent this year as a result of the new anti-gang offensive started by the Los Angeles Police Department's chief. With two days remaining in 2003, the city recorded 490 homicides, down from 633 last year. Those statistics put Los Angeles in third place behind New York City, with 578 homicides, and Chicago, with 560. Last year's spike in homicides was blamed on gang violence, prompting the police chief to declare war against street gangs.
Source: City News Service    Date: December 30, 2003

Three hurt in separate drive-by shootings (Fresno, CA): Two drive-by shootings are being investigated by the Fresno Police Department for possible gang ties. The first shooting sent two girls, ages 14 and 17, to the hospital with gunshot wounds. Police said their wounds were not serious. In the second shooting, a 21-year-old man suffered life-threatening wounds after being shot multiple times from occupants of a vehicle. Police had no evidence that the shootings were related but have not discounted the possibility.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: December 26, 2003

One killed, one wounded in Long Beach shootings (Long Beach, CA): Police say a pair of shootings in central Long Beach that occurred 35 minutes apart appeared to be unrelated attacks. The first shooting occurred as one of two men in a car shot a 15-year-old teen as he was walking down the street with friends. Before the victim was shot, the occupants in the car asked him where he was from, which is typically a code for asking someone's gang affiliation, police said. Detectives found no sign that the victim was a gang member but suspected that his assailants might be. The second shooting happened a few miles away. A 21-year-old Long Beach man was standing in front of a house when a man on a bicycle pedaled up, words were exchanged, and the cyclist fired several shots. The victim later died at a nearby hospital. Police continue to investigate both shootings.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: December 25, 2003

Four held after shots fired into Bee carrier's vehicle (Placerville, CA): Four males, ages 17, 19, 21, and 22, were arrested after a drive-by shooting in which at least six shots were fired into the vehicle of a Sacramento Bee carrier. The carrier, who Placerville police said was mistaken for a gang member, was not injured. Placerville police and El Dorado County sheriff's deputies chased two vehicles until one was stopped. Four occupants were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and use of a weapon in the commission of a gang crime, officials said. Police were searching for the second vehicle and said a fifth arrest was expected.
Source: The Sacramento Bee    Date: December 25, 2003

Salinas police step up mall security (Salinas, CA): Salinas police stepped up its security at the Northridge Mall in Salinas after an apparent gang-related shooting outside the mall. Police said the shooting followed a confrontation inside the mall between a gang member and a group from a rival gang. It then moved to the parking lot where the group shot at the individual, an officer said. The man was shot at several times but was not hit. However, one of the bullets struck a woman who was inside the mall with her children. Police have no leads on the shooters.
Source: Monterey County Herald    Date: December 23, 2003

Police confirm fatal Sunnyvale shooting was gang-related (Sunnyvale, CA): Police are continuing a search for two suspects in the gang-related slaying of a 25-year-old man. Police believe the two men are ages 24 and 25 and of Vietnamese ethnicity. It is reported that two other victims were seriously wounded during the attack.
Source: San Jose Mercury News    Date: December 23, 2003

San Jose man killed by waiting gunman (San Jose, CA): Police are investigating whether the death of a man in San Jose was gang-related. The victim, a 22-year-old man, was walking home with his girlfriend when a gunman followed him up the stairs and shot him at least five times. Police have some leads on the suspect but have made no arrests.
Source: San Jose Mercury News    Date: December 23, 2003

Man killed, three injured in shooting (Bell Gardens, CA): One man was killed, and three others were injured in a gang-related shooting in Bell Gardens, authorities said. The men were shot in the street when a pickup truck stopped. Two men got out of the truck, approached the victims, and began shooting. The driver of the pickup and the two gunmen then fled. According to authorities, the victims were all in their 20s.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: December 21, 2003

Three to be tried in beating (Lancaster, CA): Three reputed street-gang members were ordered to stand trial on charges that they beat a Lancaster man who was attacked while picking up his children at a private school. The three men have pleaded not guilty to assault, vandalism, and making criminal threats. They are charged with committing the crimes to further the interests of a criminal street gang. A fourth defendant, a 14-year-old boy, is being handled in juvenile court.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: December 20, 2003

Shooting kills two men (Compton, CA): A man and teenage boy were fatally shot after having a conversation with two other men just north of Gonzales Park. "This incident is believed to have been gang-related," a deputy said. No arrests have been made, but witnesses were able to give authorities descriptions of the suspects.
Source: Press-Telegram    Date: December 20, 2003

Two alleged gang leaders arrested in carjacking (Palo Alto, CA): Authorities arrested two leaders of the Sac Street gang in East Palo Alto, according to San Mateo County sheriff's detectives. The two men, ages 20 and 23, allegedly kidnapped, carjacked, and robbed a 25-year-old man in August.
Source: San Jose Mercury News    Date: December 16, 2003

Task force focuses on apartments (Lancaster, CA): Federal and local officials arrested 12 people and revoked housing subsidies from seven apartments in a crackdown on gang activity and other crimes in a Lancaster neighborhood. The arrests included a reputed street-gang member wanted in a recent Palmdale killing. The sweep, carried out by more than 50 federal, state, county, and local law enforcement officers, was part of Lancaster's new campaign against crime in apartment complexes and other rentals.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: December 12, 2003

Gang member to serve 12 years (Salinas, CA): A 20-year-old Soledad gang member was sentenced to 12 years in prison for being a driver in a 2002 Salinas crime spree that included robbery, assault, and a shooting. The man was punished for his part in the incident that injured a man after one of his accomplices shot him in the back. The gang was known for targeting people wearing red, which is the color worn by rival Norteno gang members. Pleading no contest to two counts of robbery with gang enhancements, he faced a maximum sentence of more than 30 years in prison, a deputy district attorney said.
Source: The Californian    Date: December 12, 2003

Three arrested in San Jose slayings (San Jose, CA): Police have arrested three gang members for their alleged connection with a violent shooting spree, which killed a 22-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man and wounded three others. Police say that in at least two of the shootings, the victims did not know the three suspected men and had no connection to the suspects' gang. Authorities declined to give a motive for the shootings but said they are looking into whether the shootings were part of a gang rite or related activity and are trying to determine whether there are other suspects or witnesses.
Source: San Jose Mercury News    Date: December 11, 2003

Innocent pleas in Mission killing (Hayward, CA): Four men charged in a September shooting that left a 19-year-old motorist dead and his passenger wounded will enter their hearings with not-guilty pleas. A 23-year-old suspected Norteo gang member is charged with murder with special circumstances in the fatal shooting of the 19-year-old Hayward man. Prosecutors alleged that the suspect gunned down the man during a drive-by shooting and for gang purposes, both special circumstances that could open up the possibility of a death penalty if he is convicted. The three other suspects, ages 20, 24, and 25, are charged with shooting into an occupied motor vehicle, though they are not alleged to have personally fired any shots. Gang enhancements filed against the men may lead to potential sentences of 32 years to life in prison.
Source: The Daily Review    Date: December 11, 2003

Gang arrests (Los Angeles, CA): Eight members tied to the 118th East Coast Crips, a Los Angeles-based street gang charged with selling cocaine nationwide, were named in a federal criminal complaint, according to the FBI. The complaint alleged that the defendants manufactured crack and controlled cocaine distribution in the Los Angeles area. The individuals, ages ranging between 30 and 50, used coded language during drug sales to elude detection by law enforcement. The investigation, which has been going on since March 2001, was conducted by the FBI, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, local Sheriff's Department, Los Angeles Police Department, County Probation Department, and Inglewood Police Department.
Source: City News Service    Date: December 10, 2003

Arrests made in Long Beach shooting (Long Beach, CA): A 19-year-old man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder for allegedly participating in a recent drive-by shooting that critically wounded a teenage boy. Police have also arrested two boys, ages 15 and 16, who may have been the shooters. Details of charges brought against them were unavailable. Detectives believe the shooting stemmed from an ongoing feud between members of two local Asian gangs.
Source: Press-Telegram    Date: December 8, 2003

Four arrested in Tustin mugging (Tustin, CA): Police arrested suspected members of a street gang from Orange, including three males, ages 20, 19, and a juvenile, and a juvenile girl, for robbery. A woman had been knocked down and robbed of her purse while walking home. She flagged down a patrol car to report the incident. The suspects were caught in a nearby shopping center after abandoning a vehicle.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: December 8, 2003

Two shot, four people arrested in downtown Monterey (Monterey, CA): Four people, ages 21 to 35, have been arrested in connection with a possible gang-related shooting in a downtown Monterey parking garage. Police said an argument broke out between young men in two cars and the shooting ensued. Two people, including one of the suspects, were shot, sustaining non-life threatening wounds. The suspects were arrested on a variety of charges including carrying a concealed weapon, attempted murder, resisting arrest, fighting in public, and violation of probation. All of the suspects are members of rival gangs. Investigation is ongoing.
Source: Monterey County Herald    Date: December 8, 2003

Manhunt hobbles gang activity (Sun Valley, CA): Police arrested a suspected police killer after a two-week manhunt in Sun Valley. During the search for the fugitive, police arrested more than 60 of the man's friends and family members which hobbled the Vineland Boyz, the gang the man was associated with. Out of the arrests made, police said about a third of them were helping the man evade police, and many of them were gang members. Police consider the gang to be one of the most dangerous in the working-class barrios of Sun Valley and North Hollywood. "This has definitely put a dent in their activity," an officer said.
Source:    Date: December 8, 2003

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