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Orange County gangs appear to dwindle (Orange County, CA): According to the ninth annual survey focusing on the Conditions of Children in Orange County in 2003, fewer youthful gang members are committing crimes and roaming local streets. The report, which covered a variety of issues concerning juveniles, was compiled by county agencies including the District Attorney's Office, Probation Department, and Juvenile Justice Commission. The number of known gang members between 8- and 17-year-olds is down 81 percent since 1995 from 4,326 to 830 in 2002. The number of offenses committed by juveniles fell 21 percent from a high of 19,164 in 1996 to 14,986 in 2001. Areas around the county have seen the long-term drop in gang membership and youth violence. The numbers dropped in part because of tougher sentences, including forfeiture of gang members' property. According to police, gang members seek to avoid stiffer prosecution by denying or concealing their affiliations. The Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act of 1989 stated that members of criminal street gangs could see as many as three years tacked onto their sentences when arrested on suspicion of a gang-related crime. Furthermore, government funded-intervention programs like the Youth and Family Resource Centers in Orange County are also helping.
Source: The Orange County Register    Date: September 24, 2003

Arrest made in stabbing of 15-year-old (Newark, CA): An 18-year-old man was arrested in connection with the possible gang-related stabbing of a 15-year-old boy. The victim was stabbed after getting into an altercation with the older man. The boy was in satisfactory condition, and investigation is continuing.
Source: Argus    Date: September 24, 2003

Gang stabbing (Burbank, CA): Two men, ages 18 and 21, were arrested in an apparent gang-related stabbing that wounded two boys, ages 14 and 16, a Burbank police sergeant said. The two victims were standing outside a residence when the two suspects picked them out of a group and stabbed them.
Source: City News Service    Date: September 23, 2003

Shooter wounds three girls in park (San Bernardino, CA): Three girls were injured when a gunman opened fire on them in a San Bernardino park, police said. The victims, ages 11, 13, and 18, were relaxing with three boys in the park when the suspect and his friend approached them. Before firing, the gunman reportedly said "Don't wear red in the park," according to an officer. The gunman's reference to the color red could be an indication of a gang-related motive.
Source: The Press-Enterprise     Date: September 23, 2003

Gang members suspected in knife attack on two men (Hayward, CA): In Hayward, two men, ages 23 and 25, were assaulted by suspected gang members, police said. The 23-year-old victim suffered critical stab wounds and was in stable condition; the other victim was treated at a hospital and released. Witnesses told investigators that gang terms were shouted by the assailants at the victims during the attack. There is no evidence that the victims are gang members, according to police. Information on the suspects was given to police, and investigation is continuing.
Source: The Daily Review    Date: September 23, 2003

San Diego shooting (San Diego, CA): In Mountain View, a 19-year-old man was grazed by a bullet during what may have been a gang-related shooting, police said. The shooting took place after a fight over a "road rage incident," according to police. The gunman fired six or seven shots wounding the victim, but he was not hospitalized. Both men knew each other and had violent contacts in the past over gang recruitment, an officer said. No arrests have been made.
Source: City News Service    Date: September 23, 2003

Gang homicide (Santa Ana, CA): An 18-year-old male was killed in a gang-related stabbing in the courtyard of a Santa Ana apartment building, police said. It was unclear what led police to believe the stabbing was gang related. No other information was available.
Source: City News Service    Date: September 22, 2003

Seven charged in murder-for-hire sting (El Centro, CA): Seven people, ranging from 21- to 38-years-old, accused of agreeing to be hired as killers in exchange for $80,000 were arraigned on federal charges. The suspects are believed to be part of a Logan Heights gang, authorities said. During the nine-month investigation led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the suspects told undercover agents they were hired to kill people.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: September 20, 2003

Two men sent to prison (Los Angeles, CA): Two reputed gang members, ages 25 and 28, convicted in a takeover-style bank robbery were sentenced to lengthy prison terms; 65 years and four months to life and 42 years and eight months to life in prison, respectively. The two men were convicted of 17 counts each, including kidnapping for purposes of robbery, robbery, assault with a firearm, and false imprisonment by violence.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: September 19, 2003

Suspects in traffic slaying arraigned (Hayward, CA): Four men were arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court in connection with a traffic-lane slaying of a 19-year-old man. A 23-year-old man was charged with the actual murder as he allegedly fired the shots that killed the victim. All four men were charged with shooting into an occupied motor vehicle. In addition, the charges for all four defendants include a street terrorism clause, namely that the alleged crimes were committed for the benefit of, or in association with, a gang. The men are members of DGF, a local incarnation of the Norteo street gang. Police do not believe the victim or his passenger, who was shot in the leg, had any gang connections.
Source: Alameda Times-Star    Date: September 19, 2003

Two killed, five hurt as gunmen raid backyard birthday party (Oxnard, CA): Two men, ages 20 and 19, were killed and five others were wounded by gunmen who walked into a backyard birthday party in Oxnard and started shooting. Two or possibly three gunmen stepped through a side gate into the backyard of the house and fired several rounds at the crowd of people. Three bullets pierced the walls of a neighbor's living room and garage. Police said the shooting was unprovoked but gang-related. The five wounded, four men and a woman, were treated for minor to moderate injuries.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: September 18, 2003

Homicide investigation (Los Angeles, CA): In southeast Los Angeles, two boys, ages 14 and 16, were arrested in connection with a gang-related shooting that killed a 21-year-old man and left a 16-year-old boy wounded, police said. The two victims were sitting in a car when two suspects came to the car and began firing their handguns. Witnesses then assisted police in locating the suspects.
Source: City News Service    Date: September 18, 2003

Two teens shot at (Salinas, CA): Two teenagers were shot at while riding their bikes, police said. Although the bicyclists were not injured, a fence near them was damaged after they heard five or six shots as a car approached them. One teen, who admitted he had gang ties, believed the shooting was gang related.
Source: Monterey County Herald    Date: September 17, 2003

Police suspect gang in shooting of two men (San Diego, CA): In City Heights, two men were shot and wounded in a possible gang-related attack, police say. Both victims were taken to hospitals. No other information was available.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: September 17, 2003

Teen shot in hand in drive-by (Salinas, CA): A teenage boy was wounded in what authorities believe was a gang-related drive-by shooting. The victim and another boy were standing outside an apartment complex when a car passed them, made a U-turn, and passed them again. The boys told police they heard someone shout "Norte," so they turned around and began walking back toward the apartments. As they were walking away, witnesses said the vehicle's driver fired three or four shots, striking the teen. Police have limited information on the suspect's vehicle.
Source: The Californian    Date: September 17, 2003

Arrest made in shooting outside Los Angeles school (Los Angeles, CA): A teenager waiting at a bus stop was wounded as a man opened fire at a passing SUV near Duke Ellington Continuation School. The man was arrested, but police believe there may be other suspects involved.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: September 17, 2003

Arrest in slaying of tennis stars' sister (Corona, CA): A 24-year-old alleged member of the Southside Crips gang has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the fatal weekend shooting of the eldest sister of two tennis stars, authorities said. Officials say he is the suspected shooter, but that there may be additional suspects in the homicide. "This is a gang-related shooting because gang members are involved," a sheriff's captain said. "But the motive may not be gang rivalry." A man who was with the victim was also detained. He is a convicted felon and reputed gang member and currently is being held on a parole violation unrelated to the slaying.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: September 16, 2003

Oxnard man is fatally shot (Somis, CA): In Somis, police found the body of a 33-year-old man who was believed to have been shot execution-style. Police say the shooting may be gang-related because of the way the man was killed. Authorities have no suspect in the shooting.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: September 16, 2003

Fatal shooting (Los Angeles, CA): A 29-year-old man was killed in a gang-related drive-by shooting near Westlake, according to authorities. The victim was standing on a sidewalk when three suspects drove by and fired shots. The suspects continued driving and approached another pedestrian. One of the suspects got out of the rear of the car and fired at him, but missed. Police say both shootings were gang related.
Source: City News Service    Date: September 16, 2003

Drive-by shooting injures two teens (Hayward, CA): Two teens, ages 16 and 17, were wounded in a possible gang-related, drive-by shooting, police said. Police believe both victims have gang ties, but neither teen would provide investigators with any information on the incident.
Source: The Daily Review    Date: September 16, 2003

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