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Gang arrests (Garden Grove, CA): Two men were arrested after leading Garden Grove police on a car chase. A 30-year-old man was booked on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a handgun, being a gang member with a gun, illegally discharging a weapon, exhibiting a weapon with the intent to resist arrest, and being a member of a street gang. The second man, age 28, was booked for being a felon with a gun, allowing a firearm to be brought into a car, being a gang member, and being a gang member with a gun. Both men were arrested after their car crashed on a freeway ramp.
Source: City News Service    Date: October 28, 2003

Teens in robbery case will be tried as adults (Santa Rosa, CA): Two teens have been ordered to stand trial as adults for the beating and robbery of an 87-year-old woman at her home. The two boys have nine felony charges against them, and police believe they are active members of the Nortenos gang, based on their tattoos, red clothing, and haircuts. They are being tried as adults due to the severity of the crime, according to a Sonoma County prosecutor. The charges include burglary, residential robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, and gang-related enhancements.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle    Date: October 28, 2003

Homicide (Los Angeles, CA): A man was shot to death in South Los Angeles in what may have been a gang-related attack, authorities said. The man was riding his bike in a driveway when two males walked up to him and shot him several times. The assailants fled. No other information was available.
Source: City News Service    Date: October 28, 2003

Shots fired into group (Ontario, CA): Two men were killed, and four other people were injured after someone fired a gun into a group of partygoers in Ontario, officials said. Officials believe the incident was gang-related. Police arrested a 20- and 24-year-old on suspicion of attempted murder.
Source: The Press-Enterprise     Date: October 27, 2003

County-based drug ring crushed (Ventura County, CA): Members of a Ventura County-based drug ring, who were believed to have moved as much as $600 million of Mexican-grown marijuana through the county on its way to distributors from California to the East Coast, were arrested by federal and local narcotics agents. Four men, who have links to local street gangs, are facing federal narcotics trafficking charges. In addition to these charges, officials indicted the men on charges of money laundering. Officials expect to make additional arrests.
Source: Ventura County Star    Date: October 25, 2003

Boy wounded in drive-by shooting (Pittsburg, CA): Police are investigating a possible drive-by shooting that wounded a 14-year-old boy in Pittsburg. The shooting may have been a case of mistaken identity, though police suspect the victim had some gang affiliation. The victim was with two other people during the shooting, but they were not injured.
Source: Contra Costa Times    Date: October 24, 2003

Gang bill (Los Angeles, CA): A bill making certain gang activities federal crimes and allocating $650 million in federal funds to combat gang violence was introduced as the Gang Prevention and Effective Deterrence Act of 2003. The bill would make recruiting a member into a gang a federal offense, punishable with a maximum 10-year prison sentence. Certain crimes committed by three or more gang members would also be federal offenses.
Source: City News Service    Date: October 22, 2003

Gang unit nabs pair suspected of assaults (Ventura County, CA): Two teenagers, ages 14 and 15, were arrested in connection with a series of gang-related street fights, authorities said. They were charged with assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, and participation in a criminal street gang. In the first incident, the 15-year-old suspect tried to stab a 17-year-old boy as he was walking home. The victim fled with no injuries. Less than two weeks later, the suspects attacked the original victim and a 16-year-old boy with baseball bats, while yelling gang slogans and threats to kill the two older youths, authorities said.
Source: Ventura County Star    Date: October 21, 2003

Asian gang violence escalates in East Bay (San Francisco, CA): The recent killing of a 15-year-old Richmond girl has raised some concerns about Asian gang violence in the East Bay area. Police say members of one gang, known as the Sons of Death, fired more than a dozen rounds into the girl's home in an apparent effort to kill her older brother, who allegedly has ties to a rival gang, the Color of Blood. Police arrested two brothers two days after the shooting. One of the brothers was arrested in connection with the shooting, and the other was arrested for unrelated warrants but may be charged with the girl's slaying. The rivalry between the two gangs started so long ago that gang detectives are unclear of why they turned against each other. Both gangs are primarily made up of second-generation Laotian and Vietnamese immigrants whose parents came over from the mountain regions. Most criminal justice statistics show that Asian Americans as a whole are less likely to become involved in crime than virtually any other group. However, studies focusing on crime rates among specific Asian ethnic groups have found that young people of Laotian descent are more likely to commit crimes than whites or Latinos.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle    Date: October 19, 2003

Two die in suspected gang shootings (San Bernardino, CA): Two men, ages 17 and 21, were found dead after a gang-related attack in the Highland-Guthrie area of San Bernardino, police reported. Police believe the 21-year-old man, who was a member of a Palmdale-based gang, may have been killed for encroaching on a local street gang's turf. Police believe the 17-year-old was not an intended target but may have seen too much of the first shooting and therefore was shot. "We get a big influx of transitory gang members, coming here from Pomona, Los Angeles, and Lancaster to visit their friends and family," an officer said. "While you see a lot of gang shootings in Los Angeles based on confrontations that start with, 'Hey, you're in our neighborhood,' here, it's, 'Hey, you're in our city.' The gang members here don't want others coming in taking their business." Earlier this year, police officials conducted a gang injunction program, issuing search warrants at troubled areas that netted an estimated 40 arrests, helped dismantle one gang's hierarchy, and resulted in the confiscation of 16 guns and 7 pounds of marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: October 17, 2003

Lancaster man killed, teen wounded in gang shootings (Lancaster and Palmdale, CA): In Palmdale and Lancaster, two unrelated gang shootings left a teen wounded and a man dead. In the Palmdale shooting, a teen was walking with a friend when a car drove up beside them, and someone in the back seat shot at them. The victim's friend recognized the assailants' car as belonging to local street-gang members, deputies said. In the Lancaster shooting, a man was fatally shot outside a house after he and an alleged gang member got into an argument. Officials believe that both men are affiliated with the same gang.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: October 17, 2003

Three arrested in shooting death of teen at March quinceañera (El Cajon, CA): Three gang members were arrested in connection with the March 30 shooting death of an 18-year-old student. The victim was leaving a party with alleged gang members when the three suspects, who are rival gang members and were unsuccessful at crashing the party earlier, got into a confrontation with them. Someone pulled out a gun and shot the 18-year-old. Police said the victim was not a gang member.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: October 17, 2003

Figueroa shooting (Los Angeles, CA): Two men, ages 31 and 35, were fatally shot, and a third victim was hospitalized in a gang-related attack in the city's Vermont Knolls area, according to police reports. No other information was available.
Source: City News Service    Date: October 15, 2003

Police probe drive-by shooting (Sacramento, CA): Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that left a 20-year-old man dead. The man was walking with a friend when two men in a car drove by and fired a gun. Authorities say the shooting may have been a retaliatory act in gang-related activity.
Source: The Sacramento Bee    Date: October 14, 2003

Gang link seen in drive-by slaying (Garden Grove, CA): A 19-year-old man was fatally shot in what Garden Grove police believe was a gang-related attack. The man was standing in front of a house when someone drove by and shot him several times, police said. No other information was available.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: October 13, 2003

One killed, one critically injured in shooting (Visalia, CA): A 19-year-old man was killed, and a 26-year-old man was left in critical condition after a shooting in front of a Visalia home. Police arrested a 19-year-old man on suspicion of homicide, attempted homicide, and gang enhancements. Police are searching for another 19-year-old in connection with the shooting.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: October 11, 2003

One killed, one hurt in Visalia shooting (Visalia, CA): Visalia police arrested a 19-year-old man on suspicion of homicide, attempted homicide, and gang enhancements. The suspect allegedly killed a 19-year-old man and left a 26-year-old man in critical condition. Another 19-year-old man is being sought in connection with the shooting.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: October 11, 2003

Second arrest linked to killing of tennis stars' older sister (California): Authorities have arrested a second Southside Crips gang member they suspect may have been involved in the shooting of the half-sister of two tennis stars. The 38-year-old man has not been charged in connection with the killing of the 31-year-old victim but is being held on suspicion of violating his parole from previous convictions for robbery and drug offenses. Investigators suspect the man because his car was found parked in front of a reputed Compton drug house where the female victim and her male companion are believed to have argued with gang members moments before she was fatally shot. Investigation continues as police look for other members of the gang believed to be responsible for the killing.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: October 8, 2003

Series of gang fights (Newbury Park, CA): Two men and a teenage boy were arrested in connection with a series of gang-related street fights in Newbury Park, authorities say. According to reports, the initial confrontation occurred when the three males challenged a group of five people, including two females. Later, a confrontation between two groups of young men, including one group with strong ties to a local street gang, turned into a series of fistfights, pursuits, and vandalism. A 30-year-old man was booked on suspicion of challenging others to a fight, participation in a criminal street gang, felony vandalism, and possession of methamphetamine, deputies said. The other two males, ages 17 and 23, were booked for all of the same offenses, except possession of narcotics.
Source: Ventura County Star    Date: October 8, 2003

Boy hurt in two drive-by shootings (Hayward, CA): Police are looking for the suspects who targeted a teenage boy during a drive-by shooting. The boy, a suspected gang member, has been shot twice recently but has not suffered any life-threatening wounds. In the most recent shooting, the boy was walking down a driveway when he was shot. Witnesses say that five to six shots were fired from someone in a passing van. Almost a month prior, the boy was shot and wounded by three males in a car.
Source: Alameda Times-Star    Date: October 7, 2003

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