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Sanger takes new punch at gangs (Sanger, CA): In Fresno County, the first gang injunction was passed that would keep a Sanger gang from associating. Prosecutors, working with Sanger police and other local enforcement officers, were successful in seeking the civil action to stop members of the "Chankla Bulldogs" from associating or engaging in a number of activities, including any contact with other gang members; intimidating or threatening witnesses or victims of the gang; possessing any guns or illegal weapons; selling or possessing illegal drugs; drinking in public; trespassing on private property; violating curfew laws; and breaking any law. The injunction names 22 individuals identified by Sanger police and other gang experts as members of the gang. "Through this action, we're sending a message to gang members or gang wannabes that we will not tolerate violence, and that we intend to make our neighborhoods safe," a district attorney said.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: September 13, 2003

Two Woodland men held in slaying (Woodland, CA): Two 21-year-old men were arrested in connection with the murder of a 24-year-old man, according to police. The victim was pronounced dead at a hospital after suffering multiple stab wounds. The two suspects were arrested on suspicion of murder and criminal street-gang activity.
Source: The Sacramento Bee    Date: September 13, 2003

Rash of shootings across city leaves 18-year-old dead (Salinas, CA): In Salinas, a string of five possibly gang-related shootings in six hours left one man dead and several others wounded. First, an argument broke out between people in a car and a truck. Shots were fired from the car, but no one was hurt. Minutes later, an 18-year-old man was shot several times and pronounced dead at Natividad Medical Center. A 20-year-old man was standing next to his car when he was shot. Two hours later, a 26-year-old man was shot several times while standing in a yard; his condition was unknown. Lastly, an 18-year-old was shot in the leg. No arrests have been made in any of the shootings. All of the shootings appear to be gang-related; police say it was not clear if they were connected. Investigators are looking into the possibility that the shootings are related to the ongoing turf battles between the Nortenos and Surenos.
Source: San Jose Mercury News    Date: September 12, 2003

Alleged gang member charged in drive-by shooting that killed girl and boy (Los Angeles, CA): An 18-year-old alleged gang member was charged with capital murder today for a drive-by attack in South Los Angeles that took the lives of a 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl. He also faces the special circumstance allegations that the killings were in connection with street gang activity, that the murders were committed during a drive-by shooting, and that multiple murders and street terrorism was involved, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Source: City News Service    Date: September 12, 2003

Task force nabs four suspects for South Bay gang attack (Union City, CA): Four alleged members of a South Bay youth gang were arrested today on charges of assaulting three people at a Union City fast food restaurant last month. The four members, ages 16, 18, and two 19-year-olds, were arrested by agents from the Southern Alameda County Gang Violence Suppression Task Force and charged with felony battery, with a gang enhancement. Agents also seized weapons and gang paraphernalia. The four suspects saw three men in the restaurant who they mistakenly thought were members of a rival gang and began assaulting them with metal pipes, bats, and nunchakus. Two of the victims suffered cuts that required stitches, and the third sustained broken bones.
Source: San Jose Mercury News    Date: September 12, 2003

Oakland man dies aiding shooting victim (Oakland, CA): A 25-year-old man who ran to the aid of a wounded 17-year-old boy was fatally shot by a group of alleged gang members. After shooting the 17-year-old from a stolen car, the assailants turned around at a dead end and crashed into a stolen minivan that was carrying their cohorts. The group got out of their cars and fired more shots, hitting the man and wounding his 21-year-old friend. The shootings apparently stemmed from a dispute at Fremont High School between members of rival Latino gangs, the Nortenos and Surenos. The intended target was not hit, police said. No arrests have been made.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle    Date: September 12, 2003

Gun battle breaks out in home invasion robbery (Hickman, CA): A gang of robbers was arrested after a gun battle with sheriff's deputies following a string of local home invasions, authorities said. Three of the five people arrested broke into a family's home and tied up and assaulted three victims. Those arrested, ages 20, 22, 54, and two age 29, face charges of attempted murder, criminal conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon, home invasion robbery, and being members of a criminal street gang.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: September 11, 2003

Suspected gang member heads to prison (Chino, CA): A 24-year-old man was arrested after violating parole and "gang terms" while being in the company of another alleged gang member. The man, also a suspected gang member, was a passenger in a car that was cruising the streets when it swerved into a bike lane. A sheriff's deputy stopped the car and recognized both men as alleged gang members. Under California law, a parolee cannot participate in, promote or assist in any criminal gang activity, or even associate with a gang or any members of a gang.
Source: The Orange County Register    Date: September 11, 2003

Three Taft students shot (Woodland Hills, CA): Three Taft High School students, ages 15, 16, and 17, were seriously injured in a drive-by shooting after school as they waited at a bus stop. Police say the gunman missed his intended target. "We have reason to believe this is gang-related, based on the words exchanged," the police chief said. Witnesses said they heard someone in the car shout, "Where you from?" and someone yelled back, "O.V.G. Gangster" and then ran. Most of the students said they thought it was all a joke until shots were fired directly into the crowd. Two of the victims were in stable condition and one was in critical condition. Police have no suspects.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: September 10, 2003

Two arrested in Richmond tied to injury (Richmond, CA): Two men arrested during a traffic stop were linked to a shooting in June that sent a 20-year-old to the hospital. Both suspects are members of a San Rafael street gang, but police do not know if the affiliation had anything to do with the shooting. Police are still searching for a man and a woman in connection to the shooting.
Source: Contra Costa Times    Date: September 10, 2003

Carlsbad mall homicide (Carlsbad, CA): A teenager the prosecutor contends is a gang member pleaded innocent to a murder charge for allegedly killing a man in the parking lot of a Carlsbad shopping mall on April 17. The teen is charged with murder, an allegation of gun use, and a gang enhancement for the shooting death of a 21-year-old male. The prosecutor claims the teen has affiliation with the Crips gang. If convicted, he faces 40 years to life in prison.
Source: City News Service    Date: September 10, 2003

Two men wounded in shooting (King City, CA): Two south Monterey County men, ages 27 and 20, were wounded in a shooting that may have been gang-related, police said. The two were sitting in a open area at San Antonio Garden Apartments when a gunman approached the two men and fired several shots at them. According to police, the two victims are gang members, but were not engaged in any criminal activity during the shooting. Both men remained in critical condition after being treated for their wounds. No arrests have been made, but police are saying that they have a pretty good motive nailed down.
Source: The Salinas Californian    Date: September 9, 2003

Suspect arrested in slaying at ATM (Fontana, CA): A 15-year-old suspected gang member was arrested in the slaying of a man who was shot to death after withdrawing money from an ATM. Police said the teenager was believed to be a member of a street gang in Fontana.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: September 8, 2003

Paramount homicide (Paramount, 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: City News Service    Date: September 8, 2003

One dead, four wounded in Venice shooting (Venice, CA): A 19-year-old man was killed and four others wounded in an apparent gang-related shooting outside a birthday party at the Venice Boys and Girls Club. The shooting occurred after a fight broke out between two gangs. None of the shooting victims were guests at the party, said the Boys and Girls Club's executive director. About 15 young men were denied entry to the gymnasium where the party was being held. After they were turned away, some in the group began harassing people leaving the party while others circled the block. Two men who police believe to be between 18-20 years old drove back in a vehicle and shot the victims.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: September 7, 2003

Drive-by shooting kills woman (Muscoy, CA): In Muscoy, sheriff's investigators reported a drive-by shooting that left a 22-year-old woman dead and a 24-year-old in critical condition. The two victims were sitting in an SUV when assailants drove past and fired more than a dozen bullets into their vehicle, authorities said. Police have made no arrests.
Source: Press Enterprise    Date: September 6, 2003

He won't let killers get away with murder (Santa Ana, CA): A detective from the Santa Ana Police Department has been working on gang murder cases that have been left unsolved, and one by one, individuals have been convicted of their crimes. Thirty-one cases that occurred five to 11 years ago have been revisited. Fifteen people have been convicted in seven of these cases, and suspects in five cases await trial. Seven cases have been cleared because the suspect was discovered to have been murdered or the district attorney's office determined the killing was self-defense.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: September 5, 2003

San Diego homicide (San Diego, CA): A 25-year-old woman who was sitting with a man on the steps of a Logan Heights building was shot to death by a walk-up killer, police said. Police believe that two men may have been involved, and they are investigating the possibility that the shooting was gang-related.
Source: City News Service    Date: September 5, 2003

City combats cycle of violence (Salinas, CA): In effort to reduce the recent flare-up of gang violence, police recently served warrants in two East Salinas neighborhoods. Three gang members were arrested including one man, age 21, on an attempted-murder charge for shooting at a carload of people. Also arrested was the first suspect's 22-year-old brother and a 19-year-old male, both for violating probation by associating with gang members.
Source: Monterey County Herald    Date: September 4, 2003

Fence shooting (Long Beach, CA): A 17-year-old boy was fatally shot as bullets came through a chain link fence, police said. Two others, ages 17 and 19, were wounded and expected to survive. Police say the two suspects fled on foot after the assault.
Source: City News Service    Date: September 4, 2003

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