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Teaming up to tackle L.A. Gangs (Los Angeles, CA): The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has established Gang Impact Teams (GIT) in each of its 18 divisions to combat the city's most notorious gangs. Begun in March 2003, the GIT integrates uniformed gang officers, gang detectives, and narcotics investigators under one command to eliminate past difficulties of gathering intelligence and case information from separate units. A lieutenant will command each team.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: April 6, 2003

Man Shot by unknown assailant dies (Ventura County, CA): A 22-year-old Santa Paula man died from a gunshot while standing outside a friend's apartment. The victim was shot right after he was asked where he was from. Police have not determined if the shooting was gang-related or not.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: April 4, 2003

Gang signs exchanged before shooting (Salinas, CA): A 27-year-old man was killed in a gang-related shooting that was preceded by an exchange of gang signs. The victim was driving with a passenger when another car pulled up beside them and fired multiple shots into their car, police said. Officials say that the victim was not a certified gang member, but he did associate with them. The gang signs that were used were possibly associated with Norteños. Norteños and Sureños are the Salinas Valley's two main gang factions. Witnesses are helping police with the investigation and one officer said, "We believe we are going to make some headway on this one."
Source: The Salinas Californian    Date: April 4, 2003

Shooting in southwest Los Angeles leaves three men dead (Los Angeles, CA): Police reported three men (ages 23, 22, 32) died in a gang-related drive-by shooting in southwest Los Angeles. The triple homicide took place on the evening of March 31st when men in a van fired shots into a house south of the Santa Monica Freeway. One man inside the house was struck and a second victim was hit while standing in the yard. Both died at the scene. Another man was wounded and released from a local hospital after being treated. Police believe that the third victim may have been one of the men in the van during the shooting. Suspects are still being sought, police said.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: April 2, 2003

Gang probe leads to arrest (Palm Springs, CA): Narcotics officers arrested three Gateway Posse gang members (ages 42, 33, and 21) on April 1 for alleged narcotics and weapons violations. Authorities reported that "the main place where drugs were sold" was in the north end of Palm Springs. An investigation by the Palm Springs and Coachella Valley narcotics task forces had been on-going for a month prior to the drug raid.
Source: The Desert Sun    Date: April 2, 2003

Seven shot to death in 30-hour period (Los Angeles, CA): Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers were alarmed when six shootings occurred throughout the Los Angeles area in a span of a little over 24 hours. Four of the shootings were either gang- or drug-related. In the first incident, a bicyclist was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting. Officials could not give any details as to why they thought it was gang-related. The second incident involved an 18-year-old male who was shot multiple times. No witnesses could be located by police. In the third incident, police found a man on a sidewalk bleeding from several gunshot wounds. Witnesses say they heard shots fired, then screeching tires. The last incident was a drive-by shooting in the LAPD's Southwest Division that left two males shot to death.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: April 1, 2003

Teen killed (Panorama City, CA): An 18-year-old man was fatally shot in Panorama City, in what is believed to be a gang-related attack, Los Angeles police said. The man died at the scene where the shooting took place. There was no other information on the shooting.
Source: City News Service    Date: April 1, 2003

Anti-gang effort nets four arrests in a week (Oxnard, CA): In a crackdown on violence, police in Oxnard, California, arrested four alleged gang members, ages 19, 21, 22, and 33, and confiscated four handguns.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: April 1, 2003

Brawl in La Habra injures seven or more (La Habra, CA): A suspected gang-related fight broke out on the streets of La Habra during the evening of March 30th, police reported. Officials reported seven people between the ages of 15 to 29 were injured, two severely. Police have not had any leads as to identity or number of suspects or the specific cause of the fight.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: March 31, 2003

Two killed (Los Angeles, CA): Two males were found dead at the scene of a gang-related drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles, police said. No other information was available.
Source: City News Service    Date: March 31, 2003

Killer sought in shooting of MTA mechanic (Los Angeles, CA): Police are seeking the suspect in the South Los Angeles slaying of a 28-year-old male. The victim was driving home when the suspect stepped into the middle of the road and began shooting. The motive of the shooting is unclear, but police said it appeared to be gang-related.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: March 31, 2003

Man killed (Van Nuys, CA): A young man, reported to be between 18 and 20 years old, was killed during what appeared to be a gang-related attack, police said. The young man was standing at a bus stop when the suspect shot him and fled. The police have a detailed description of the suspect, but have not yet made an arrest.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: March 31, 2003

Man wounded in drive-by shooting (National City, CA): Gang detectives are investigating a drive-by shooting that wounded an 18-year-old man. A car with three people pulled up alongside three men walking down a local street. Police said four shots were fired striking one man twice.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: March 31, 2003

Man arrested in gang shooting (Hemet, CA): A 25-year-old man was arrested for shooting at a 19 year-old woman on March 29th, and police are saying that it was gang-related. The woman was not injured, and the man was being held on a warrant for failing to comply with the conditions of his parole, according to police.
Source: Press Interprise     Date: March 30, 2003

Schools step up anti-gang programs; violence, vandalism rise on campuses in Pittsburg district (Pittsburg, CA): Pittsburg area schools intend to counter increasing gang activity on campuses by educating parents and school staff about gang attire and graffiti. Hiring a former gang member to discuss the dangers of gang activity is another method being considered to prevent students from joining gangs.
Source: Contra Costa Times    Date: March 28, 2003

Gun bill targets minors (Los Angeles, CA): City officials are seeking to pass a bill that would prohibit minors who are convicted of weapons possession from obtaining another gun until they turn 30. According to the Los Angeles Police Department Chief of Police, "Assembly Bill (AB) 319 would reduce gang crime by targeting young offenders who stay with gangs well into adulthood." "It would also punish the 500 youths in California who are arrested each year for bringing a weapon to school," he said. Under state law, juveniles convicted of murder, kidnapping, and rape are prohibited from possessing a weapon until they turn 30. AB 319 would add possession of a concealed or loaded weapon and keeping a weapon in one's car to that list of crimes.
Source: Copley News Service    Date: March 28, 2003

Police seek leads in two Desert Hot Springs shootings (Desert Hot Springs, CA): Police are investigating a gang-related drive-by shooting that occurred on March 26th. Suspects have not been identified yet because of the victims' lack of cooperation. According to witnesses, the car involved had at least one gunman, and shots were fired at several people in two other cars.
Source: The Desert Sun     Date: March 28, 2003

Two arrested in stabbing near Fullerton School (Fullerton, CA): A 21-year-old male and an unidentified teenager were arrested, suspected of stabbing a 17-year-old student during a gang-related fight. The victim was assaulted after leaving La Vista Continuation School. The two suspects fled the scene in a van after initiating the fight and stabbing the victim in the stomach. Authorities reported that the victim was in good condition at a local area hospital.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: March 27, 2003

Ardmore shooting (Hollywood, CA): Two men were hospitalized with non-life threatening wounds after a drive-by shooting in an area south of Hollywood. Los Angeles Police reported that the suspects pulled up to the two victims and opened fire. No other information was available.
Source: City News Service    Date: March 27, 2003

Hollywood Homicide (Hollywood, CA): An unidentified man, about 30 years old, was killed in a drive-by shooting, Los Angeles Police said. A description of the suspect vehicle was not available.
Source: City News Service    Date: March 26, 2003

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