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Man killed in drive-by shooting (Hollywood, CA): A 21-year-old man was shot to death in North Hollywood early Sunday morning in a drive-by attack, police said. Dave Cortez of North Hollywood and his cousin were walking north on Fulton Avenue near Sherman Way when a vehicle pulled up next to them at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, said Lt. Brenda Crump of the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood station. Several shots fired from the vehicle hit Cortez, who was later pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: May 24, 2004

Ventura County builds case against gang (Ventura County, CA): Ventura County ranks as the most crime-free urban area in the West, but gang violence has spiraled so sharply upward in the last year that prosecutors want to ban the county's largest street gang from congregating in public. Invoking a strategy common in Los Angeles but unprecedented in Ventura County, prosecutors are set to ask a Superior Court judge Monday to prohibit at least 500 Colonia Chiques gang members from publicly hanging out together within a huge "safety zone" where about half of Oxnard's 186,000 residents live.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: May 23, 2004

Bringing it all back home: There was one distinguishing feature common to many of the 103 charred bodies of the victims of a fire that swept through a wing of an overcrowded prison in San Pedro Sula, in northern Honduras, on May 17th. Most of the bodies were heavily tattooed. The dead were all members of youth gangs, most imprisoned for the mere act of belonging.
Source: Economist    Date: May 21, 2004

Federal government grants $2.5 million for gang reduction (Los Angeles, CA): City officials announced Thursday a three-year, $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to reduce gangs in the city's Boyle Heights section. "The primary goal of this program is to take a comprehensive and collaborative approach to reducing youth gang crime and violence in targeted neighborhoods," Mayor Jim Hahn said. Milwaukee, Miami Beach, Fla., and Richmond, Va., were also chosen for the program.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: May 20, 2004

Shooting targets kids playing basketball (Palmdale, CA): Sheriff's detectives are searching for three men who opened fire with an assault rifle and a handgun on a group of young people playing basketball, hitting an 18-year-old in the hip and grazing a 10-year-old. The victims at first thought the gunfire was firecrackers, then one saw the muzzle flashes coming from a car, yelled "gun" and they all ran for cover, deputies said.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: May 19, 2004

Shots fired following altercation (Fremont, CA): A self-professed gang member fired several shots at a moving truck in Centerville on Monday morning, police said, one day after another man was stabbed in front of a nearby church. The truck, a late-1970s yellow Chevrolet truck with a bed full of black garbage bags, has not been found, so it was unknown if anyone was injured, said police Sgt. Sheila Tajima-Shadle.
Source: The Argus    Date: May 18, 2004

Thefts linked to gangs (Ivanhoe, CA): An Ivanhoe gang member sought in connection with two robberies managed to evade police for two days, shooting at them, possibly making threatening phone calls and attacking a police dog before his arrest, authorities say. Tulare County sheriff's Lt. Richard Matthews said deputies arrested Alejandro Ruiz, 19, and five juveniles who are either identified gang members or gang associates in connection with two robberies.
Source: Visalia Times-Delta    Date: May 18, 2004

Police say teen admitted shots (Pomona, CA): A police affidavit says a Fontana teenager charged with killing a highway patrolman outside a courthouse last month confessed to stealing a gun from his grandfather and opening fire on the officer in an effort to impress a street gang. Valentino Mitchell Arenas, 16, was arrested April 22 on suspicion of shooting CHP Officer Thomas Steiner to death the day before.
Source: The Press-Enterprise     Date: May 16, 2004

Police think man was killed tagging (Los Angeles, CA): Koreatown - Gunmen shot and killed a 30-year-old man in a drive-by shooting early Saturday, according to Los Angeles police officials. Police say the slaying was gang-related.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: May 16, 2004

Police detail gang's toll on hospital (Ventura County, CA): Colonia Chiques gang members and associates have assaulted a hospital worker, intimidated patients and staff members and are responsible for thousands of dollars worth of vandalism at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, according to court documents filed by police. The pattern of harassment and crime at the city's only hospital was detailed in a civil lawsuit filed last month by Ventura County authorities against the county's largest and most violent gang.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: May 14, 2004

Ten arrested in gang slaying (Garden Grove, CA): Police have arrested 10 people for killing a man in March in what investigators described as the last episode in a series of attacks between rival Asian gangs. Nhan Thanh Chuong, 24, of Santa Ana was killed March 19 along the 10100 block of Crosby Avenue. A second man survived his wounds.
Source: The Orange County Register    Date: May 13, 2004

Shooting at Merced high school leaves two injured (Merced, CA): Three people were arrested after a late afternoon shootout in a Merced high school wounded two teenagers. Julio Najar, a 19-year-old from Merced, is in stable condition after being airlifted to a Modesto hospital on Tuesday after the 5:25 p.m. shooting.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: May 12, 2004

Injunction has Hollywood gang on the run (Hollywood, CA): Gang-related crime was cut in half so far this year in the Hollywood area after an aggressive injunction was used to target the city's largest gang. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and Police Chief William Bratton said the falling crime rate marks the revival of Hollywood and that they want to put similar gang injunctions in place across the city.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles     Date: May 12, 2004

Pixley teen's slaying linked to gang (Pixley, CA): A Pixley man was arraigned on murder charges this week in connection with the shooting death of 19-year-old Everado Marquez in the victim's home. A second suspect remains at large. Suspect Miguel Cisneros, 19, faces the special allegation that he used a firearm in the Thursday killing and that he committed a crime for the benefit of a street gang.
Source: Tulare Advance-Register    Date: May 12, 2004

The innocent pay (Sylmar, CA): Knowing the dangers of living in the northeast San Fernando Valley, Cecilia Cortez took precautions to ensure that her son's 16th birthday party would be safe. No alcohol was served. Plenty of adults served as chaperons, and security guards patted down guests for weapons at the door. But despite the family's efforts, at least a half-dozen suspected gang members forced their way into the Saturday night festivities and started a fight that ended in the shooting deaths of two innocent partygoers.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: May 11, 2004

Crackdown on gangs results in 41 arrests (San Diego, CA): San Diego police arrested 41 people during the weekend as part of a continued crackdown on gang crime, bringing to 87 the number of people arrested since the effort began May 1, authorities said. The effort against gang crime will continue indefinitely, police said. Officers assigned to specialized units, including narcotics and gangs, have been moved into areas where an increase in crime has occurred.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: May 11, 2004

Three arrested in slaying of Visalia teen (Visalia, CA): A man and two boys were arrested Saturday in connection with the Friday night shooting death of a Visalia teenager, police reported. Albert Meek, 19, and two 16-year-old boys were arrested on suspicion of murder after a traffic stop in the 800 block of South Santa Fe Avenue in Visalia.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: May 10, 2004

Boy killed (Los Angeles, CA): Authorities searched today for five young men, possibly teenagers, including one who fatally wounded a 14-year-old boy in a gang-related drive-by shooting in front of a South Los Angeles house. The boy was walking with two friends in the 1100 block of West 36th Place when a light-colored late-model sport utility vehicle pulled up next to them shortly before 8 p.m. yesterday, said Sgt. Stephen Faulk of the Los Angeles Police Department's Southwest Station.
Source: City News Service    Date: May 7, 2004

Teen pleads innocent in CHP slaying (Pomona, CA): A 16-year-old boy pleaded innocent Thursday to murdering a California Highway Patrol officer in what authorities called a "random assassination" linked to street gang activity. Valentino Mitchell Arenas III entered the plea through his attorney, Deputy Public Defender Kent Thomas. Arenas was arraigned in Superior Court at the Pomona courthouse where authorities allege he fatally shot CHP officer Thomas J. Steiner on April 21.
Source: Monterey County Herald    Date: May 7, 2004

Shooting incident stuns Fresno neighborhood (Fresno, CA): Hours after Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer spoke about a crackdown on gangs and violent parolees, about thirty rounds from an assault weapon ripped through an east-central neighborhood. Nineteen people, including children, were inside the targeted house. One adult was hit by either bullet fragments or flying pieces of broken glass, police reported.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: May 7, 2004

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