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Murder charges filed (Lancaster, CA): A 36-year-old ex-convict faces a possible death sentence after being charged with murder in the slayings of two 27-year-old men who were shot to death in a possible gang-related car-to-car shooting. He faces two counts of murder and one count each of attempted murder, burglary, and evading police. The attempted-murder charge refers to a woman in the victim's car who was wounded in the shooting.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: August 23, 2003

Harsh sentence necessary part of gang reduction (Salinas, CA): A Monterey County judge recently sentenced a 17-year-old male to 180 years to life in prison for murdering three Salinas teenagers in September 2002 as they were listening to music in a parked car. The boy was convicted in June of three counts of first-degree murder with gang and gun enhancements. He was tried as an adult under Proposition 21, a law passed in 2000 which gives local prosecutors the authority to determine if a juvenile should be tried as an adult, particularly in gang-related cases.
Source: The Salinas Californian    Date: August 23, 2003

Shootings of two men might be gang-related (Fillmore, CA): Authorities are investigating a possible gang-related double shooting that left two men wounded and in the hospital. Details are not being released and no arrests have been made.
Source: Ventura County Star    Date: August 22, 2003

Man shot in leg while working on car in front of home (Salinas, CA): Salinas police are investigating a shooting that wounded a 24-year-old man. The man was working on his car outside a house when two males in a car drove by and fired several shots. Police are unsure if the shooting was gang-related.
Source: Monterey County Herald    Date: August 21, 2003

Seized firearms linked to slaying in Vista Park (Vista, CA): Police are investigating an apparent gang-related shooting that left a 25-year-old dead and three others wounded. Witnesses said up to 25 bullets were fired from several guns at Brengle Terrace Park's parking lot. About 1,200 people were in the park at the time, including about 300 who were near the shooting scene, city officials said. Police have seized two guns believed to be used in the shooting and report that they have some promising leads.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: August 21, 2003

One person wounded at mall (Fairfield, CA): Police are investigating a possible gang-related shooting that wounded one person in the parking lot of the Westfield Shoppingtown Solano Mall. This is the second shooting at the mall since early 2002 and may have a connection to two similar incidents which occurred Sunday.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: August 20, 2003

Deaths of two men at party investigated (Fontana, CA): Police are investigating the shooting deaths of two men, ages 26 and 29, during a party in Fontana. The shootings are believed to be gang-related, authorities said. No suspects have been identified.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: August 19, 2003

Gang violence on the rise (San Fernando Valley, CA): The Los Angeles Police Department's Metro Squad has deployed officers to the Foothill Division to help quell an increase in gang-related violence across the San Fernando Valley. "There's been what I'd call a heating-up of gang activity," the commander of the Valley Bureau said. "It's probably a combination of hot weather and that gangs do get more active in the summertime. They've got more free time." Two gang-related killings were part of a recent string of nine homicides in eight days. First, a 28-year-old gang member was shot as he rode his bicycle. Police had no suspects or motive. In the second incident, police were able to arrest a gang member for the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: August 19, 2003

Man stabbed at park (Salinas, CA): A 23-year-old man was jumped and stabbed by three male gang members at Closer Park. The victim walked several blocks before calling a family member who transported him to the hospital. Police are considering this to be a gang-related attempted murder.
Source: Monterey County Herald    Date: August 19, 2003

Man dies in Fresno drive-by shooting (Fresno, CA): An 18-year-old Asian male was shot and killed in southeast Fresno in what police believe was a gang-related incident. Multiple witnesses have given police details on the shooting, but no arrests have been made. The suspect was last seen fleeing on foot from the scene. Furthermore, a series of apparent Asian gang-related shootings has continued since late December of 2002. A 23-year-old male fired a barrage of bullets outside the Hmong International New Year celebration in December that injured four people. The shooter was sentenced to 49 years in state prison. Also, a 14-year-old boy was fatally shot in January while attending a birthday party at a southeast Fresno apartment complex. A few days later, a 22-year-old man was critically injured when he was shot outside an apartment complex. A second man suffered minor injuries. Lastly, one man was killed and three were injured in a shooting on a Fresno Freeway in early February. Police said earlier that those four shootings appeared related.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: August 19, 2003

Salinas shootings leave one dead, three injured (Salinas, CA): Four Salinas-area shootings left one man dead and three others injured. Authorities did not know whether the incidents were linked, although it is reported that at least one incident appeared to be gang-related. In the first shooting, a man in his mid-20s was shot and killed as he stood in a parking lot. Another man ran up to him and shot him several times. About an hour later, a man was standing with four other people when a passenger from a passing car fired eight shots. One bullet hit the man. Shortly after, a 20-year-old man was with a friend when a van approached and its occupants shouted gang slogans and opened fire. The man's wound was not life-threatening. The last shooting left a 16-year-old boy with serious injuries. The boy was shot while standing in front of a car with his girlfriend. The shooter was across the street at a church parking lot.
Source: Monterey County Herald    Date: August 17, 2003

Drive-by shooting wounds two in car (Sylmar, CA): Two people were injured during a car-to-car shooting in Sylmar, police said. "Two people were in each vehicle, and for unknown reasons an occupant of one vehicle decided to start firing at the occupants of the other," an officer said. The victims' injuries were not life-threatening. No arrests have been made.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles     Date: August 17, 2003

Shooting leaves two wounded (Lake View Terrace, CA): A shooting in Lake View Terrace left two men wounded, police said. The victims were in a vehicle and "exchanged words" with two men in a pickup truck. One of the men in the truck fired one shot, hitting both victims. Both the suspects and the victims appeared to be in their 20s. The victims were in stable condition, and police were still searching for the suspects.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: August 17, 2003

LAPD detectives investigate string of valley slayings (North Hollywood, CA): The Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Division has seen an abnormal amount of violent deaths recently. Since August 7, six people have been killed. A North Hollywood sergeant said it has been the bloodiest period at the division since her transfer four years ago. The incidents include a man and woman, ages 38 and 18 respectively, who were shot and killed; a 32-year-old woman who was beaten to death by two other women; and three men, ages 24, 18, and 30, who were all fatally shot in separate incidents. Police believe that at least one of the incidents was gang-related.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: August 16, 2003

Boy sought in shooting (Newhall, CA): Police are investigating a possible gang-related shooting that left a man wounded in Newhall Park. Police detained one person, but a 14-year-old, who police believe to be the triggerman, remained at large.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: August 16, 2003

Authorities seek two men in shooting (Goshen, CA): Investigators are looking for two men in connection with a drive-by shooting of a 20-year-old Goshen man. The victim was outside his residence when two males drove up and shot him multiple times. He was listed in good condition.
Source: Visalia Times-Delta    Date: August 15, 2003

Three teens held in street slaying (Westminster, CA): Three teenagers have been arrested in the death of a 13-year-old Westminster boy during a car-to-car shooting that also wounded his brother and another relative. The victim and his family were in a car when people in two other cars fired shots at them. Police stopped one of the cars and arrested three suspects on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. Police report there are more suspects and that the investigation is ongoing. There is a possibility that the crime is gang-related.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: August 14, 2003

Juvenile killed (Boyle Heights, CA): A 16-year-old boy was fatally shot while walking with friends in Boyle Heights. Two cars pulled up, several suspects got out, and one of the drivers fired several shots at the boy, police said. The shooting was believed to be gang related, but no weapons were recovered and no suspects are in custody.
Source: City News Service    Date: August 14, 2003

Shooting suspects sought (Terra Bella, CA): Deputies are looking for two men who wounded a 21-year-old man in a drive-by shooting in Terra Bella. The pedestrian was confronted by two men and two women in a car. A male passenger asked the man whether he belonged to a gang before firing a shotgun, striking him several times. The man was in stable condition. No arrests have been made.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: August 13, 2003

Bratton wages war on gangs (Los Angeles, CA): The Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) recently declared war on street gangs in South Los Angeles. A task force of local and federal law enforcement officers were specifically assigned to South Los Angeles. The Chief said the South Bureau is receiving the bulk of the anti-gang focus because that is where much of the gang activity has been going on recently. However, there are other LAPD anti-gang efforts working on "whittling" down gang activity in other parts of the city, he said.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: August 12, 2003

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