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Three arrested in teen's slaying released (Richmond, CA): Police released three men, ages 19, 21, and 22, who were arrested on suspicion of killing a 15-year-old student. They were released after the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office would not prosecute for lack of evidence. The victim was killed during a shooting in which 14 bullets blasted through her family's home. Detectives say the killing was gang-related, and the girl's brother was the target. Two other men, ages 19 and 24, have already been charged with murder. Detectives say all five suspects are members of an Asian-American street gang feuding with a rival gang to which one or more of the girl's brothers belong.
Source: Contra Costa Times    Date: November 11, 2003

Judge extends order against Oceanside gang (Oceanside, CA): A judge extended a temporary order against an Oceanside street gang, barring its members from associating with one another, wearing gang clothes, and displaying gang hand signs within a specific area. This is a preliminary injunction against 21 members of the Varrio Posole Locos. The civil injunction, requested by the district attorney's office, makes it a misdemeanor for anyone named in the suit to carry weapons, sell drugs, paint graffiti, fight, trespass, litter, or harass anyone within the designated area. The injunction includes other prohibitions, such as blocking any person or vehicle from passing freely on the sidewalk or street and acting as a lookout to warn others of approaching police officers. Violators can be punished with jail terms, fines or both. This is the second civil injunction the district attorney's office has filed against the Varrio Posole Locos. The first complaint was filed in 1997 against 28 known gang members.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: November 8, 2003

Man slain, two others stabbed in separate attacks (Fillmore, CA): A 21-year-old man was fatally shot and two others were wounded in gang-related incidents, police said. The 21-year-old victim was a local gang member and was shot while standing in the carport area at his family's home in west Fillmore. Police suspect the killing was in retaliation for the stabbing of two rival gang members that occurred about 30 minutes earlier. Detectives are trying to determine if the man was involved in the stabbings or targeted because of his documented gang membership.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: November 8, 2003

Robberies may be related (Salinas, CA): Salinas police suspect that at least some of the recent string of robberies are part of an organized operation, possibly gang-related. There have been at least 20 robberies and attempted robberies since October 29, 2003. Targets have included banks, convenience stores, and people simply walking down the street. In some cases, the robbers have been armed, but no injuries were reported. Police have arrested a 29-year-old man, but the investigation continues.
Source: Monterey County Herald    Date: November 8, 2003

Drive-by shooting outside cybercafe injures boy (Garden Grove, CA): A 17-year-old boy suffered multiple wounds in a drive-by shooting outside the Net to Net cybercafe. According to police, the boy was standing outside the cybercafe when a vehicle drove up, and the passenger fired several shots. Police said the shooting may have been gang-related. Garden Grove has enacted stricter rules for cybercafes in response to complaints that they are gang hangouts and the scene of frequent violence. Calls to police regarding the cybercafes have dropped by at least half since 2001, and the number of cybercafes in Garden Grove has dropped from 22 a year ago to 16.
Source: The Orange County Register    Date: November 7, 2003

Neighbors watch as gang fight leaves three men bloodied (Fresno, CA): Three men were wounded after an apparent gang fight in southeast Fresno. The victims were attacked by a dozen members of a rival gang armed with crowbars, knives, bottles, and nunchucks. According to police, the fight began after the three gang members walked in front of a rival gang's hangout. Nine members of one gang were arrested on suspicion of assault with deadly weapons, police said. If convicted, they could face long prison sentences because officers filed gang enhancements with the arrests.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: November 7, 2003

Proposed court action designed to cut off gang's capital (Los Angeles, CA): A Los Angeles judge will be asked to cut a major revenue stream for the 18th Street Gang by barring members from selling drugs in Hollywood, city officials said. This action is a way to keep the gang from using illegal substance sales to finance its other activities. In August 2002, a permanent injunction against 18th Street was passed, which created a "safety zone" in the Rampart area, barring gang members from associating there.
Source: City News Service    Date: November 6, 2003

Teen admits assaulting boy in stabbing (Ventura County, CA): An 18-year-old man pleaded guilty to charges of assault with a deadly weapon in the gang-related stabbing of another youth outside a church in May, authorities said. The gang member faces up to nine years in state prison, prosecutors said. Furthermore, a special enhancement for a gang-related crime was tacked onto the existing charge.
Source: Ventura County Star    Date: November 6, 2003

Slaying suspect arrested in Fresno (Fresno, CA): Police arrested an Armenian gang member suspected of killing a rival at a Hollywood auto repair shop. The 44-year-old suspect was part of a group that had gathered at the auto shop to discuss a murder contract with another group. A struggle broke out, and gunfire ensued. Police are looking for at least three other men in connection with the shooting.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: November 5, 2003

Gang program (Los Angeles, CA): A gang intervention program pairing mentors with at-risk youth and gang members was unveiled in hopes of reducing the number of gang members in Los Angeles County from 96,000 to less than 10,000. The Sheriff's Department and the football coach of the University of Southern California are taking part in the program, which consists of 32 steps and will involve 200 mentors, 40 in law enforcement.
Source: City News Service    Date: November 5, 2003

Arrests total five in shooting of Richmond girl (Richmond, CA): Detectives arrested the final two of five alleged gang members they say shot and killed a 15-year-old girl last month as she answered a knock on the door of her family's home. All five men, ages ranging from 19 to 24, belong to a violent Asian-American street gang with roots in Richmond, San Pablo, and North Richmond, police said. Police do not believe the girl was the target of the attack, but they think a brother, who police say is affiliated with a rival gang and was not home during the shooting, was the likely target.
Source: Contra Costa Times    Date: November 5, 2003

Student arrested (Olivehurst, CA): Officials arrested a 13-year-old Yuba Gardens Intermediate School student after discovering a handgun and loaded ammunition clip in his backpack. The boy is suspected of being affiliated with the Nortenos street gang.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: November 4, 2003

Gang suppression (Los Angeles County, CA): The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors set aside $3.5 million for a sheriff's gang suppression program. The sheriff's department will use the money to hire 40 deputies and another six employees for the COPS program. Deputies will be assigned to five new teams and will target the most violent gangs and gang members. Other agencies involved are the county's Department of Children and Family Services and probation department, the District Attorney's Office, and the California State Parole.
Source: City News Service    Date: November 4, 2003

Two men wounded in drive-by shootings (Los Angeles, CA): Police are looking for two suspected gang members in connection with a shooting that wounded a 14-year-old boy and two men in separate, drive-by attacks in the Jefferson Park area. The boy was in stable condition. The condition of the two men was unknown. The suspects are still at large.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: November 3, 2003

Gang sweep nets arrests and drugs (Los Angeles and San Bernardino County, CA): An investigation by federal agents and the Sheriff's Department netted the arrests of 14 members of a Compton street gang. Reportedly found was millions of dollars worth of the illegal drug PCP and chemicals to manufacture it. Two drug laboratories were shut down, and 58 firearms were seized. The investigation began 18 months ago after a sharp increase in violence involving a Compton street gang and led to the formation of the Compton Violent Inner City Crime Initiative which involved the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Sheriff's Department.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: November 2, 2003

Three men wounded at party (Woodlake, CA): Three men attending a party in Woodlake were wounded in a possible gang-related, drive-by shooting. The men, two 20-year-olds and a 21-year-old, had an altercation with unknown suspects in the driveway. The suspects then fired a weapon from their car, striking the three men. No arrests have been made.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: November 2, 2003

Gang membership in Orange County still rising (Orange County, CA): According to a study released by the district attorney's office, street gang membership in Orange County continued to rise in 2002. The study also said that the district attorney has a conviction rate of 92.5% when prosecuting gang members, and there were 150 more gang members (for a total of 17,456) and eight more gangs at the end of 2002 compared to a year before. That translated into 36 gang-related homicides in Orange County, an overall increase from the previous four years. The study also reported that criminal charges were filed against 1,058 gang defendants and adult gang-related defendants, resulting in 59 trials at which 187 gang members were committed to state prison and 13 others sent to the California Youth Authority.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: November 1, 2003

Woman shot after street confrontation (Oxnard, CA): An 18-year-old woman was shot in Oxnard in what appears to have been a gang-related incident. She was walking with at least one other person when a car pulled up to the group and stopped. A man stepped out with a gun, the two groups exchanged words, and a gang slogan might have been yelled, police said. The man fired the gun at least twice, wounding the woman, police said. No arrests have been made.
Source: Ventura County Star    Date: October 30, 2003

Suspect arrested in stabbing death at mall (Buena Ventura, CA): A 22-year-old man is being held on suspicion of killing of a 21-year-old man at the Pacific View mall, police said. According to police, witnesses first saw the two men arguing. After a fight ensued, a stabbing occurred. The victim was taken to a hospital where he died. Detectives said the incident is gang-related, and the suspect is a documented Oxnard gang member. The victim's background is still under investigation to see if he had any gang ties.
Source: Ventura County Star    Date: October 30, 2003

Two men shot at funeral in stable condition (Los Angeles, CA): Two men were wounded in what police believe was a gang shooting at Inglewood Park Cemetery, while hundreds of mourners were caught in a cross fire. Officers who had been monitoring a large funeral shot at suspected gunmen after seeing them open fire on a crowd. Shortly after, an officer confronted a man fleeing from the cemetery with a gun. The man pointed the weapon at the officer, and the officer shot at him, officials said. The gunman then jumped into a waiting car and escaped.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: October 29, 2003

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