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Violence spurs police crackdown on gangs (Fresno, CA): Fresno police are preparing to crack down on gangs after a recent surge of violence in which two men with gang connections were gunned down at an apartment complex. The two men, ages 26 and 30, were not active in a gang but associated with gang members. Family members believe there was an order put out to kill them after they refused to cover for gang members who were arrested on gun charges. The men are two of the 19 people killed in Fresno homicides this year. In 2003, there were 36 homicides. Eight of the 36 were gang-related, an officer said. A captain with the California Highway Patrol estimated there are 6,000 gang members in Fresno and another 6,000 throughout the rest of the county. The city is also seeking a civil injunction to prevent gang members from congregating in a neighborhood, on street corners, or in a car.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: April 27, 2004

Two sought in Oceanside killing of boy (Oceanside, CA): Police are looking for at least two people involved in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy and the wounding of two others. The 16-year-old victim was standing in front of an apartment complex when at least two people fired at him from across the street. A 15-year-old boy was also struck, and a woman inside the apartment complex was wounded, police said. Police are uncertain about the motive for the attack but believe it was gang-related.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: April 27, 2004

Inland teen charged with killing officer (Pomona, CA): A 16-year-old boy was charged as an adult in the shooting death of a 35-year-old California Highway Patrol officer outside a Pomona courthouse. The boy was charged with first-degree murder, along with sentencing enhancements for use of a firearm and committing the crime in furtherance of a criminal street gang. The gang enhancement alleges the boy shot the officer "for the benefit of, at the direction of, and in association with a criminal street gang with the specific intent to promote, further and assist in criminal conduct by gang members." The boy could be imprisoned for life without parole if convicted. The officer was in uniform at the courthouse to testify in a series of traffic ticket hearings when he was shot.
Source: Press Enterprise    Date: April 24, 2004

An hour makes a big difference in a graffiti bust (Tustin, CA): In Tustin, police arrested an 18-year-old on vandalism charges. The suspect, who turned 18 an hour before being arrested, faces three felony charges including vandalism, being a member of a criminal street gang, and violating probation from a juvenile court sentence over previous vandalism charges. Had he been caught before midnight, when he was still 17, it is possible police would have let him go under the supervision of his parents. Police believe he is responsible for graffiti in several locations.
Source: The Orange County Register    Date: April 19, 2004

Judge puts restrictions on 86 Skyline gang members (San Diego, CA): A judge ordered numerous restrictions against 86 documented members of a Skyline street gang, barring them from hanging out together in public, wearing gang colors, and flashing gang hand signs in their neighborhood. Other restrictions include fighting, trespassing, littering, or acting as lookouts to warn of police in the area. Violations of the order can be prosecuted as misdemeanors and result in up to 180 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine, according to a deputy district attorney.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: April 17, 2004

Cops on high alert as gang feud heats up (Oakland and Berkeley, CA): Police in Oakland and Berkeley are concerned with the possible resurgence of a gang rivalry. It was only seven months ago when the feud between the two rivals from South Berkeley and North Oakland was quelled, but since it was never resolved, police feel the potential for violence is high. Recently, a key member of the Berkeley crew scuffled with members of the Oakland gang. In retaliation, members of the Oakland gang beat a Berkeley man at a location known to police as a heavy drug-dealing spot.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle    Date: April 16, 2004

Two Oxnard men shot in alleged gang retaliation (Oxnard, CA): Two 23-year-old men were shot outside a Port Hueneme condo, allegedly in retaliation for a gang-related double homicide, police said. The two, who are believed to be gang members, were visiting a woman at the condo when three unidentified men walked up, and one fired several rounds at them. They were in serious but stable condition. Police said the victims may have been involved in a double killing on April 7, in which two rival gang members, a 19- and 21-year-old man, were fatally shot. No arrests have been made.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: April 14, 2004

Gang tie suspected in killing (Yuba City, CA): Detectives believe the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy may be related to a dispute between two Latino gangs. "We believe the victim in this case to be connected with the Sureno street gang. The suspects are believed to be Nortenos. Over the last three years, violence between the two gangs has increased in frequency and seriousness," an officer said.
Source: The Sacramento Bee    Date: April 7, 2004

Shooting victim had hoped to leave gangs (Madera, CA): Police have arrested two men and are seeking three others in a gang-related shooting that left a 22-year-old man dead. The suspects allegedly shot the victim from a car and then fled the scene. California Highway Patrol officers chased them briefly and arrested a 23-year-old man and another man, who was later released. Three others jumped out and ran before authorities could arrest them. The 23-year-old man was charged with suspicion of conspiracy to commit homicide with a gang enhancement.
Source: Fresno Bee     Date: April 7, 2004

Lincoln Park area injunction is expanded (San Diego, CA): At a recent meeting, town leaders decided to modify an injunction by adding 21 gang members who are barred from a variety of activities within a roughly two-square-mile section of southeastern San Diego, including gathering or appearing in public with any member of the gang they claim. Some of the other 37 prohibited activities are approaching or signaling any moving vehicles on any street unless required by a legitimate emergency, littering in any public place, wearing gang clothing, and making or encouraging others to make loud noise. According to police, the members listed in the injunction are considered the leaders and the most violent of the estimated 140 members of the particular gang.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: April 6, 2004

Investigators glean gang information from inmate birthday cards (Los Angeles, CA): Gang investigators in California prisons are finding that prisoners' birthday cards can help them attain valuable information. According to investigators, gang members will sign their nicknames and affiliations on the card, which allows for lifting an entire gang registry from one card. In addition, sometimes-cryptic information on the cards helps determine which inmates have moved on from membership in street gangs to more troublesome prison-based gangs, which are responsible for the bulk of the system's organized violence and drug trafficking.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: April 5, 2004

Student brawl disrupts bus trip (Visalia, CA): Nine students were suspended, and three boys, ages 13, 14, and 17, were arrested after a fight on a Visalia Unified School District bus, Tulare County sheriff's officials said. The students all attend Visalia's Charter Alternatives Academy, a school for students expelled from other campuses. According to authorities, three boys are part of an Asian street gang, and they started harassing a 15-year-old girl. The girl eventually went to the front of the bus to hide behind the bus driver, but the boys kept hitting her. The driver stopped the bus, tried to break up the fight, and radioed for help. Police said the fight was gang-related. The three boys were booked into Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility for battery, but gang-related offenses could be added after the investigation is complete.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: April 3, 2004

Valinda man injured in drive-by shooting (Valinda, CA): Sheriff's detectives are searching for two Latino men in their 20s who are suspected of shooting a Valinda man as he stood in his front yard talking to a friend. The suspects pulled up in a car, asked where the victim was from, and allegedly shot him. The victim's wounds are not life-threatening.
Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune    Date: April 3, 2004

Three arrested in weekend shootings (Oceanside, CA): Police have arrested a 20-year-old man and a pair of 16-year-olds in connection with two shootings that investigators believe are gang-related. In the first shooting, officers said numerous shots were fired into a home, but the shooter fled before they arrived. The second shooting occurred about a half-hour later when shots were fired from an SUV. Police arrested and charged the three suspects with suspicion of carjacking, conspiracy, and two counts of attempted murder.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: March 30, 2004

Three held in robbery attempt (Fresno, CA): Police arrested three men, ages 19, 23, and 26, on suspicion of armed robbery, attempted carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon, and involvement in a criminal street gang. The three men are accused of attempting to carjack a vehicle from a man in an apartment complex's carport. The car owner refused to give the men his car keys and was struck by a gun, an officer said. The man was treated and released from an area hospital. Two other victims reported that the three suspects held them at gunpoint in the carport and searched them for money.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: March 28, 2004

Officials seek injunction against Oxnard gang (Oxnard, CA): The Ventura County district attorney and Oxnard police are seeking a permanent injunction against the Colonia Chiques gang. "The Colonia Chiques is the largest and most violent criminal street gang in Ventura County," the district attorney said. The court order would be a shield for the community from ongoing violence, a tool for police to make more arrests, and a warning to gang members that "law-abiding residents are taking back the streets," he also added. The gang, which has terrorized the city for more than three decades, has a reported 1,000 members. If approved, the injunction will restrict the activities of gang members within a specified area, prohibiting them from congregating in public, flashing gang signs, violating a 10 p.m. curfew, and wearing gang attire, including Dallas Cowboys shirts, jackets, and bandannas.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: March 25, 2004

Fatal attack is gang-related (Garden Grove, CA): A 24-year-old man was killed in a shooting that police believe may be the work of rival gangs and retaliatory in nature. The victim was driving when someone fired a shot in the driver's side window, police said. The shooting appears to be in retaliation to a rival gang that had opened fire earlier on a crowd outside a Garden Grove cafe. In that incident, a man opened fire after an argument, injuring three people. Detectives later arrested a 22-year-old man, who is suspected of being the shooter in the cafe incident.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: March 25, 2004

Injunction (Los Angeles, CA): Officials in Los Angeles announced an effort to put a stop to the Mara Salvatrucha gang. "Today's gang injunction is another tool the department can use to provide relief from gang violence and assist us in reaching our crime reduction goals," a city attorney said. Upon approval, the injunction would restrict gang members from participating in gang-related activities inside "safety zones" in two areas west of downtown Los Angeles. The zones, which together encompass the largest geographic area of any of the 20 gang injunctions filed by the city attorney's office, are patrolled by officers in the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart, Hollywood, Northeast, and Wilshire divisions. The restrictions would prohibit gang members from publicly associating with other members, loitering, intimidating community members, and collecting extortion money, "rent," or "taxes" from residents and business owners trying to avoid harassment. Many of the original gang members have ties to gangs in El Salvador and use sophisticated and brutal guerrilla warfare tactics when dealing with the police, officials said. Los Angeles is home to 800 known gangs and more than 56,000 gang members, police said.
Source: City News Service    Date: March 24, 2004

San Diego shooting (San Diego, CA): A man was wounded in an apparent gang-related shooting in Logan Heights, police said. The victim and a friend had parked their car when two men pulled up next to them in another car. The passenger in the other car got out, pointed a handgun, and fired several shots at the victim, striking him twice. The assailants fled the scene. The victim did not suffer any life-threatening wounds. The shooting is under investigation.
Source: City News Service    Date: March 24, 2004

Boy arrested in Salinas shooting (Salinas, CA): A 16-year-old Salinas boy arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide is being held in connection with a gang-related shooting. The shooting occurred when a group of six teenagers were confronted by three other teenagers. The two groups exchanged words, and then the gunman fired several rounds.
Source: Monterey County Herald    Date: March 23, 2004

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