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Two shot (Long Beach, CA): In Long Beach, California, one man was killed and another wounded, when two people inside a vehicle opened fire on them. No arrests have been made, and police are seeking information on the killing.
Source: City News Service    Date: April 16, 2003

Shooting leaves two dead, two wounded (Pico Rivera, CA): Two men died and two others were wounded after a suspected gang member opened fire outside a local convenience store, police said. Police reported that the shooting took place after a confrontation between six suspected gang members and the four victims. The shooter and other suspects remain at large.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: April 14, 2003

Teen wounded in drive-by shooting (Memorial, CA): An 18-year-old male was wounded when someone drove by, yelled a gang name, and then opened fire at the van in which the victim was sitting. Local hospital staff said the wounds were not life-threatening. No other information was released.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: April 12, 2003

Teen-ager stabbed in gang fight (City Heights, CA): Police arrested a 20-year-old male after an alleged gang-related stabbing in the City Heights area in San Diego. Another suspect escaped. The victim, a 17-year-old male, suffered critical stab wounds. Police are trying to identify the gangs to which the individuals involved belonged.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune     Date: April 12, 2003

Man shot to death in Porterville (Porterville, CA): Porterville police are investigating a shooting in which a 25-year-old male, who may have been a gang member, was killed. The victim had the letters "VCP" tattooed on his back, an abbreviation of "Varrio Central Poros," a street gang. According to witnesses, four men were seen in an altercation in front of an auto-repair shop around the time of the shooting. No suspects have been arrested.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: April 10, 2003

Shooters kill two men in Van Nuys, North Hollywood (San Fernando Valley, CA): Los Angeles Police Departement are investigating two separate shootings that left two men dead. In the first incident, a 28-year-old man was shot to death while walking with a friend on a street in North Hollywood. Although the shooting occurred in a gang area, police cannot say that it is a gang crime. In the second incident which occurred only 90 minutes later in Van Nuys, a 36-year-old man was found dead in a gutter after being shot multiple times, police said. Police have not yet determined whether the second shooting was gang-related.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: April 9, 2003

Anti-gang officers arrest suspect only minutes after fatal shooting (Los Angeles, CA): In South Los Angeles, a 35-year-old male was arrested by anti-gang officers minutes after he allegedly fatally shot a 21-year-old male. Police were in the vicinity when they heard two shots. They chased the man until he eventually surrendered in the yard of a nearby home.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: April 8, 2003

Man shot dead at bowling alley (Salinas, CA): A 36-year-old Salinas man was fatally shot after a fight broke out at a local bowling alley, according to police. Investigation is underway, and it has yet to be determined whether this shooting was gang-related.
Source: Monterey County Herald    Date: April 6, 2003

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

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