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Gang crime drop credited to program (Sun Valley, CA): A neighborhood prosecutor program and active citizen involvement are being credited for a 32 percent drop in the gang crime rate near Sun Valley Middle School. Between January and March 2003, there have been no homicides and a decrease of 38 serious crimes from last year. Part of the success of this program is residents doing their part by reporting suspicious activities so that local authorities can focus their patrol. Another asset has been a newly-installed surveillance camera to identify gang members spraying graffiti in alleys, dealing drugs on corners, and harassing students on sidewalks going to and from school.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: March 19, 2003

Gang shooting kills two, including a bystander (Los Angeles, CA): In a gang-related shooting on March 14, two men, including a bystander, were killed and a third was wounded. The three victims were standing streetside when a car pulled up; two men got out and started shooting at one of the men who police believe to be the intended target. The other two victims appeared to be bystanders and not gang members.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: March 18, 2003

Teen Killed (Long Beach, CA): A 14-year-old boy was fatally shot in a gang-related attack according to Long Beach police. The boy and his friends were walking down a local street when the shooting occurred. Police have no other details or descriptions of the suspects.
Source: City News Service    Date: March 18, 2003

One dead, one injured in drive-by shooting (San Francisco, CA): Three suspects allegedly killed one person and wounded another in a drive-by shooting that police suspect was gang-related. The shooting took place at a bus stop in the Mission District of San Francisco.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle    Date: March 17, 2003

Man Killed (Los Angeles, CA): In South Los Angeles, a 28-year-old man was shot and killed in the evening hours of March 16th in what police believed to be a gang-related attack. No arrests have been made and no description of the suspect or suspects were released.
Source: City News Service    Date: March 17, 2003

Hollenbeck shooting (Los Angeles, CA): Los Angeles police reported that a man was critically wounded in a gang-related drive-by shooting southeast of downtown, but would most likely survive. The victim was shot in the back and both legs.
Source: City News Service    Date: March 17, 2003

Police seek leads in two shootings (Van Nuys, CA): Two teenagers were wounded in separate and unconnected gang-related drive-by shootings. The shootings occurred 30 minutes apart, police said. Both teenagers are expected to recover.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: March 16, 2003

Police investigating possible gang assault (Thousand Oaks, CA): Police believe a man was the victim in a possible gang-related assault. The man suffered lacerations to his shoulder, side, and back. No arrests were made and no additional information was available.
Source: Ventura County Star    Date: March 16, 2003

Man pleads not guilty in gang-related killings (Los Angeles, CA): The suspected leader of a northeast Los Angeles gang pled not guilty to nine gang-related killings and six attempted murders. In the death penalty case, the gang leader is suspected of either killing or supervising the killing of five men and four women as part of a scheme to control narcotics trade in Atwater Village, a Los Angeles suburb.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: March 14, 2003

Athens Homicide (Los Angeles, CA): On March 12, a gunman in a gray car shot and killed a 19-year-old man and wounded two others in an unincorporated area of LA County, in what Sheriif's Department officials are terming a gang-related drive-by shooting.
Source: City News Service    Date: March 13, 2003

Shooting victim, brother involved in crash (Ivanhoe, CA): A 17-year-old boy crashed his car as he was driving his younger brother to a local hospital. The younger brother had been shot three times in an apparent gang-related shooting. The driver had hit speeds of up to 100 mph before he crashed. The two brothers were walking out of a local supermarket when they were approached by two boys. An argument preceded the actual shooting. The two suspects fled the scene on bicycles.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: March 13, 2003

Seven hurt in Fresno shooting - crash (Fresno, CA): A chaotic scene resulted March 11, when two rival groups sped through the streets of Fresno, California, while exchanging gunfire. Three people were shot, including two bystanders, while four others were injured in the car crash which ended the chase. Two shooting victims, a 20-year-old man and a 39-year-old man, were in critical, but stable condition. A 15-year-old boy who was shot in the stomach, is a possible suspect. A mother, her four-year-old boy, and two teenage siblings, were injured and hospitalized after their car was struck by one of the vehicles involved in the shooting. A white four-door car believed to be carrying four men, fled the scene immediately and police have no leads as to who the suspects are or the whereabouts of the car. Authorities do not know what prompted the shooting and have not stated whether this was gang-related or not.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: March 12, 2003

Street shooting (Los Angeles, CA): A young man was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in the southwest area of Los Angeles on the evening of March 11th. The victim was shot after he had left a parking lot where minutes earlier he had been arguing with an unidentified group of males. The group fled the scene by vehicle. It has not been determined whether this shooting was gang-related.
Source: City News Service    Date: March 12, 2003

Drugs, guns seized in Lancaster Raids (Lancaster, CA): Detectives in Lancaster, California, arrested six men, a woman, and teenager in an investigation that began with three San Fernando Valley shootings three months ago, involving two rival gangs. Police seized crack cocaine, two pounds of marijuana, weapons, and $13,000 in cash in gang members' homes. Police refused to comment on whether any of the eight arrested were involved in the shootings.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles     Date: March 12, 2003

Victim of gunshot walks into hospital (San Bernardino, CA): A man was shot on the evening of March 10, while standing near a phone booth, when a individual drove by asked him where he was from. Before he could answer, the unknown suspect opened fire. This may have been a gang-related attack. The victim's wound was not life-threatening.
Source: The Press-Enterprise    Date: March 11, 2003

Santa Paula Police Chief vows crackdown as homicides soar (Santa Paula, CA): Officials in Santa Paula, California, plan new strategies to stop gang violence. Homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, auto theft, and arson all increased in 2002 and resulted in the more proactive approach. Part of the plan calls for a redeployment of 29 officers in different areas of town to monitor any activity that may lead to gang violence. Two of the 29 officers will be in street clothes to better assess the gang problem.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: March 11, 2003

Gang crimes up in the Valley (San Fernando Valley, CA): Officials reported that homicide attempts by gang members in the San Fernando Valley increased 209 percent for January 2003; 34, compared to 11 in January 2002. Although attempts have increased, Los Angeles Police Department officials say that gang killings for the beginning of 2003 have actually dropped 44 percent in the Valley compared to the same time last year.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: March 11, 2003

Fatal shooting leaves two wounded (San Francisco, CA): San Francisco Police are still looking for the suspects who killed one and wounded two during a drive-by shooting on the evening of March 10th. Police believe the suspects could be three to four men.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle    Date: March 10, 2003

Three men shot dead within blocks of one another (Los Angeles, CA) : Investigation is underway for three gang-related homicides that occurred in the Wilshire Center area from the evening of March 7th into the early morning hours of March 8th. The killings all appeared to be gang-related, but have no connection to one another, said Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). According to LAPD, the first involved a man being shot in the back of the head. In a second incident, a man was shot in the chest by a suspect on a bicycle. The shooting was prefaced by an argument between the two individuals. In the third shooting, the victim was approached by a gunman and was shot in the chest. Police believe that there were two other men accompanying the gunman.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: March 9, 2003

Fillmore crime rose in 2002 amid gang battles (Ventura County, CA): The city of Fillmore has seen its crime rate increase 15% in the past year, with a jump in felony violence. Law enforcement attributes much of the increase to gang activity. Tactics being used by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department to combat the increase include: increased drug arrests, more patrolling in bars, and more searches of the homes of suspects on probation or parole. A special effort was also made to address the issue of youth gangs.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: March 8, 2003

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