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Tragedy foiled in drive-by school shooting (San Antonio, TX): Police took five men and two women, all in their late teens, into custody minutes after a drive-by shooting in front of St. Francis Academy in San Antonio. No one was injured in the shooting. Police have determined that one teen fired the shots, and the rest were passengers in the car. Police said that the young men are known gang members to the police department, and the shooting was believed to be gang-related. Officials believe the targets were students, but it has not been determined if a boy who was shot at was an intended target.
Source: San Antonio Express-News    Date: December 6, 2003

More juvenile offenders being tried as adults (Texas): More juvenile offenders in Texas are being tried as adults because of a slight increase in major crimes and a scattering of highly publicized violent crimes involving young suspects. Texas Juvenile Probation Commission statistics show that statewide the number of juveniles certified to stand trial as adults increased from 141 in 2001 to 214 last year. A juvenile certified and convicted as an adult can face tougher sentences and be sent to a prison instead of a Texas Youth Commission facility. In Texas, a juvenile as young as 14 can be tried as an adult in a felony criminal case. In Fort Worth last year, a 16-year-old boy and three other gang members were charged in the stomping death of a homeless man outside the Ripley Arnold public housing complex over a $10 rock of crack cocaine, according to prosecutors. According to Texas Youth Commission statistics, an increase in gang crimes in the state pushed the number of certifications to 535 in 1995, one of the highest totals in recent years, but have decreased by 76 percent from 1996 to 2001. A drop in gang crimes and the use of determinate sentencing contributed to the reduction, prosecutors said. With determinate sentencing, which was enhanced in the late 1990s, a youth begins a sentence in a youth facility and completes it in an adult prison. The maximum sentence is 40 years.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Date: December 1, 2003

Police say attack may have been gang-related (Carrollton, TX): Two men were injured in a shooting that led to a standoff with police. Witnesses said they were returning to their home when a large group of people began throwing bottles at them, gunfire began, and two men, ages 19 and 23, were shot. An 18-year-old suspect ran into a nearby house, where the standoff with police occurred. He was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Both victims have been released from the hospital. Officials say the shootings appear to be gang-related. Investigation is ongoing.
Source: The Dallas Morning News    Date: November 24, 2003

Man shot three times while using pay phone (Fort Worth, TX): A 23-year-old man was shot three times as he used a pay phone in north Fort Worth, police say. Police have a lead on the suspects' vehicle and believe the shooting may have been gang-related.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Date: November 1, 2003

Drug gang member sentenced to life (Houston, TX): A 30-year-old ranking member of the Victoria branch of the Mexican Mafia drug gang was sentenced to life in prison without parole for drug dealing and participating in the killing of three men, the U.S. attorney's office said. The man was convicted in May of conspiracy and racketeering. According to testimony from the Assistant U.S. Attorney, the man was a sergeant, the second-highest rank in the prison-spawned Mexican Mafia's local branch.
Source: The Houston Chronicle    Date: October 20, 2003

Gang signs increase in South County (South County, TX): Montgomery County law enforcement authorities say they have noticed an increased gang presence in the South County area, as graffiti continues to crop up. "We're starting to see graffiti come back," a detective said. "It was real strong in the mid 1990s, then it died down for several years. A lot of these gangs are wanting to rekindle their dominance." Two types of gangs are responsible for the bulk of the graffiti, actual street gangs and bands of juveniles who fancy themselves as gangsters. Officials have said there is little they can do about the graffiti problem because it is nearly impossible to prove who is responsible unless the artist is caught in the act.
Source: The Houston Chronicle    Date: October 9, 2003

San Pat studies how to combat gang problems (San Patricio County, TX): Two Corpus Christi gang officers recently went on record saying that good documentation, evidence collection and research, and getting to know gang members will be the key to combating increasing gang problems in San Patricio County. This comes after a San Patricio County attorney recently discussed the prevalence of gangs recruiting juveniles in the county with law enforcement, city government leaders, and school officials. So far this year, four people have died in San Patricio County in homicides that authorities suspect are gang-related. Officials believe that Corpus Christi, Robstown, Alice, and Taft are hot spots for gangs because gang leadership operates from each city. Furthermore, drug sales controlled by gangs such as the Mexican Mafia, the Texas Syndicate, and La Raza Unida have contributed to murders, robberies, and violence. A district attorney said most of the cases prosecuted by his office are tied to substance abuse, which in turn is often tied to gangs.
Source: Corpus Christi Caller-Times    Date: October 8, 2003

Three-year-old killed (Weslaco, TX): A 3-year-old girl was killed, and two relatives were injured in a drive-by shooting at a trailer park in Weslaco. The girl's uncle and aunt, ages 23 and 22, respectively, were in serious but stable condition. The family was outside their home when people in a car drove past and opened fire with a shotgun, police said. "We believe the target of the shooting was in fact a rival gang member," an officer said. "We do have suspects in mind."
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: October 4, 2003

West Side drive-by shooting hurts four (San Antonio, TX): Four people were injured in what appears to be a gang-related, drive-by shooting on the West Side. According to witnesses and the victims, a group of people were talking in the front yard of a house when an SUV pulled up, and the driver and two passengers began yelling "RPK!" which, according to police, stands for Rosedale Park Kings. Shots were fired, and the suspects sped off. No arrests have been made.
Source: San Antonio Express-News    Date: October 2, 2003

18 girls suspended over anti-gang rule (Kaufman, TX): Eighteen girls received one-day suspensions from a Kaufman junior high school for wearing shirts that officials said violated dress-code provisions designed to prevent gang activity. Initially, nine girls were suspended for wearing shirts that had various shades of blue. Nine more girls were suspended later for violating the dress code in what the principal believed was done out of protest. A year ago, a group of mostly boys wore blue and called themselves by a gang name, so the suspension of the girls was done to prevent any potential gang activity at the school. Kaufman's dress code states in part, "Clothing items cannot be worn in any way that reflects gang affiliation, conceals contraband, or creates a distraction."
Source: The Dallas Morning News    Date: September 26, 2003

Forth Worth gang crimes up (Fort Worth, TX): Gang-related crime in Fort Worth has almost doubled in the past year, an increase police attribute partly to the parole of violent gang members. The parolees appear to be strengthening bonds between Fort Worth gangs and prison gangs and increasing recruitment, the report states. The problem seems to be mostly in Fort Worth and not in any other areas that have had problems in the past in Tarrant County. Over $80,000 has been approved for gang intervention, which includes the hiring of three officers and one corporal. Furthermore, mid-level gangs are moving into illegal, drug-dealing arenas previously controlled by the higher gang levels, sparking gang-on-gang violence. Lower-level gangs are also becoming more violent with rival gangs. According to the report, there have been 102 gang-related violent crimes from October 2002 through August 2003 and 55 gang-related crimes during fiscal year 2001-2002.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Date: September 23, 2003

Possible gang shooting kills one (Killeen, TX): A 19-year-old man died and a 20-year-old man was wounded in what police believe was a gang-related shooting. According to police, the shooting occurred after a dispute involving several people. Investigation is continuing.
Source: Austin American-Statesman    Date: September 23, 2003

Taft man is jailed in ranch killing (Taft, TX): A 35-year-old man was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of a 40-year-old man at a ranch bunkhouse near Taft. Police believe the shooting was probably a gang-related execution, as the victim had a criminal record involving gang activity. Three more suspects are being sought by sheriff's investigators. After the attackers followed the man into a house and found him in a closet, one man shot him several times. Two witnesses remained in protective custody.
Source: Corpus Christi Caller-Times    Date: September 11, 2003

Man injured in shooting (Corpus Christi, TX): Corpus Christi police are investigating a shooting incident that left one man with several pellet gun wounds to the face. No arrests or charges had been issued, but police did say that the incident could be gang related. The suspect or suspects could face aggravated assault charges.
Source: Corpus Christi Caller-Times    Date: September 8, 2003

West Side shooting (San Antonio, TX): A man was shot and killed as he broke into a West Side home. The homeowner and his son, ages 51 and 26 respectively, suffered wounds but were reported in good condition. Police are investigating whether or not the shooting was gang related.
Source: San Antonio Express-News    Date: August 27, 2003

Man killed in shootout between rival gangs (Houston, TX): A 22-year-old man was killed when feuding street gangs got into a shootout and car chase in southwest Houston, police said. The victim and three fellow gang members, who were riding in a van, were involved in a drive-by shooting which targeted rival gang members. After firing the shots, the four sped away, but rival gang members chased them, police said. The groups traded shots with each other during the pursuit, and the victim was hit. Survivors in the van were questioned and placed in the city jail for further investigation.
Source: The Houston Chronicle    Date: August 17, 2003

Inmates receive minor injuries during fight at Harris County Jail (Harris County, TX): Eleven inmates received minor injuries after a fight broke out among them in a cell block at the Harris County Jail. Eight of the inmates were treated at a jail clinic while three others were taken to a local hospital. No deputies were injured and no weapons were used by the inmates. Authorities are still investigating what caused the fight, but say it could be gang-related. Investigation of the incident is ongoing.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: August 14, 2003

Convicted killer gets life in slayings at video store (Houston, TX): A 24-year-old ex-gang member's life was spared when 10 out of 12 jurors decided that his troubled youth contributed to a double murder he committed while robbing a video store. Instead of the death penalty, the man was sentenced to life in prison for the slayings of a 26-year-old woman and an 18-year-old Nigerian immigrant.
Source: The Houston Chronicle    Date: August 8, 2003

Two sisters are wounded in apartment drive-by (Houston, TX): Two sisters, ages 20 and 14, were wounded in a drive-by shooting at a southeast Houston apartment complex. Police have a description of the car used in the shooting, but have no suspects.
Source: The Houston Chronicle    Date: August 7, 2003

Taft gang feud claims teen's life (Taft, TX): A 17-year-old male was fatally shot in a possible gang-related drive-by shooting, officials said. Law enforcement officers and the victim's family both say the shooting was a result of a feud between two gangs. San Patricio County sheriff's deputies arrested a 21-year-old and charged him with murder. Warrants were also issued for four other males, ages 18, 19, 20, and 21. All are charged with murder.
Source: Corpus Christi Caller-Times    Date: August 7, 2003

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