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Welcome to the Gang-Related News Articles page. This page provides a list of articles pertaining to gangs and gang-related activities from various U.S. and Canadian news sources. A link to the source of each article is provided. The list of articles can be refined and filtered by date and limited to a specific state or Canadian province or territory.

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Bill would raise sentences on gang crimes (Columbia, SC): With increasing gang problems in South Carolina, at least one lawmaker is making a bid for new legislation that would keep those convicted of gang-related crimes in prison longer. Some people oppose the notion and argue that it would infringe on civil liberties and duplicate existing laws, such as drug laws that call for harsher penalties for possession of crack cocaine compared with powdered cocaine. Supporters of the legislation, including law enforcement officials, said gang-related crime is different because the activity often benefits the group as a whole. The legislation calls for an additional five years in prison for a gang-related felony and an additional year on a misdemeanor. The sentencing guidelines would be at the judge's discretion.
Source: The Myrtle Beach Sun-News    Date: November 20, 2003

Lexington 2 considers policy to deter gangs (Columbia, SC): Schools in Lexington's District Two may soon implement a discipline policy aimed at students who are involved in gangs. Students targeted are ones who use gang-hand signals, draw gang graffiti, or wear jewelry, clothing, or other items that imply gang affiliation. Parents of students who violate the policy would be notified of their children's possible gang involvement. A second violation would result in a student's name and photo being given to the Lexington County Sheriff's Department, which has a list of possible gang members in the area. After a third violation, a student would appear before the district's hearing officer and could be suspended or expelled.
Source: The State    Date: September 19, 2003

Man injured in apparent drive-by shooting (Columbia, SC): A 19-year-old man was wounded in an apparent drive-by shooting in the Rosewood area. A car approached the man and three others while they were walking, and one of the passengers fired several shots at the group, striking the 19-year-old. No arrests have been made and investigation is continuing.
Source: The State    Date: August 23, 2003

Teenager killed in drive-by shooting (Sumter, SC): A 19-year-old man died from four gunshot wounds he received during a drive-by shooting in his mobile home, police said. Three men, ages 24, 23, and 21, were arrested. The 24-year-old was charged with murder while the other two were charged with accessory to murder. Authorities believe an altercation at a local nightclub may have led to the shooting, but the investigation is ongoing. Investigators are still interviewing possible witnesses and more arrests may come.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: August 11, 2003

Teen hit in shoulder in drive-by shooting (Charleston, SC): A 17-year-old male sustained non-life-threatening wounds during a drive-by shooting in North Charleston. The victim reported that the shooting was the result of a disturbance earlier in the evening when someone fired shots at a nearby home. Police are searching for suspects.
Source: The Post and Courier    Date: July 22, 2003

Shooting death may be gang-related (Fort Mill, SC): York County authorities are investigating a homicide that may have been gang-related. The victim, a 21-year-old male, was found in a grassy field east of Teca Cay where he had been shot several times, authorities said. He was wearing clothes that associated him with Latino gang activity and also had two tattoos linking him to the Salvadoran gang, Mara Salvatrucha 13. No arrests have been made.
Source: The Herald    Date: July 3, 2003

Lott links assault to gangs (Columbia, SC): Police have arrested a brother and sister (ages 21 and 23, respectively) for threatening and trying to kidnap a hospitalized witness to a gun shop robbery. The two are charged with tracking the witness down at the hospital and trying to intimidate him, Richland County Sheriff said. Another brother, 17, had already been arrested on charges that he was one of four people who broke into the gun store. The brother told deputies that he is a member of the Crips and that the guns stolen were to be used to protect them against retaliation from the rival Bloods gang. Revenge threats between rival gangs occurred the last week of school in Richland County and some Lexington County schools. The threats stemmed from a gang-related slaying on March 28, which killed an 18-year-old Bloods leader, police and gang members said.
Source: The State    Date: May 31, 2003

Coble wants tougher laws for gang activity (Columbia, SC): The increasing threat of gangs has resulted in the mayor of Columbia lobbying for legislation that would better define gangs and provide extra punishments for crimes committed by gang members. "We've seen the last few weeks that the threat of gangs can intimidate and cause great concern to an entire city. That problem is likely to get worse, rather than better," he said. The legislation will define a gang as a group of three or more people gathered together with the purpose of committing repeated criminal acts.
Source: The State    Date: May 30, 2003

City police establish gang unit (Columbia, SC): Columbia police created a special gang unit to help prevent gang activity in the last days of school. Along with the gang unit, there are plans for programs to help students avoid gangs. "The issue is - whatever the level of gang activity - we're trying to do everything we can to combat and fight that activity," said the Mayor. "Gangs are all over the nation; we are not immune." A Gang Interdiction Unit is the "core" of the city's anti-gang initiative, a police department press release said. The unit won't cost additional tax dollars, an officer said, because two detectives in the car theft unit at department headquarters will be re-assigned to the gang unit. Car thefts will be handled by district investigators.
Source: The State    Date: May 22, 2003

Police act to counter gang threat at schools (Columbia, SC): Officials in the Columbia area are bracing for potential gang-related violence in the last few days of the school year. Members of the Bloods gang have said they are going to shoot rival gang (Folk Nation) members to avenge the March slaying of a fellow gang member. Fifty extra Richland County deputies and additional city police officers will patrol Richland Northeast, Spring Valley and Ridge View high schools, and Eau Claire middle and high schools.
Source: The State    Date: May 18, 2003

Drive-by shooting (Charleston, SC): A 19-year-old was wounded in a drive-by shooting south of Harmon Park, police said. Someone drove past the pedestrian and fired an undetermined number of shots at him. The victim was treated for non-life-threatening wounds. Police had no witnesses.
Source: The Post and Courier    Date: May 18, 2003

Crowd told gang activity down in Northeast (Richland County, SC): According to officials in Richland County, the rate of gang activity has decreased since October 2002, but according to a member of the Richland County Sheriff's Gang Task Force, the number of gangs in the area has increased from 24 to 27. The three newest gangs are Pretty Boy Lovers, Insane Crip Nation, and Insane Gangster Disciples. Parents, teachers, students and community residents have been instrumental in the decline in gang activity, but officials stressed that there is much work to be done. The summer months will be the real test for this community as young people have more free time, and gangs tend to add to their memberships, then bring their new allegiances to school when they return in the fall.
Source: The State    Date: March 27, 2003

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