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Arrests made in connection with fatal shooting (Salt Lake City, UT): Three men were arrested by police for their involvement in what was probably a gang-related shooting that left one man dead at a Kimball Junction nightclub. One suspect was a member of the Glendale Tongan Crip gang, while the other two were alleged rival members of the Baby Regulators gang. A deputy said that when the shots went off in the club, the music was so loud that nobody knew a gun was fired.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: October 17, 2003

Gangs Inc. (Utah): After reaching a four-year low in 2001, gangs in Utah have increased since 2002, and the trend seems to be continuing in 2003. This increase comes after a subdued period from the late '80s to the mid '90s, the Salt Lake Area Gang Project reported. There were 4,044 documented gang members in Utah in 2002, down from 1998 when the number of gang members peaked at 4,446 but up from 2001. According to the latest statistics from the Metro Gang Unit, the average gang member in Utah is 18 to 24 years old, although many gangs are starting to recruit 14- and 15-year-olds. About 45 percent of the documented gang members in the state are Hispanic, 30 percent are Caucasian, 9 percent are Pacific Islander, 6 percent are Asian, and 6 percent are black. Surenos 13 is one of the most violent and most active among Hispanic gangs. The Baby Regulators and the Tongan Crip Gang are among the largest and most violent of the Polynesian gangs. Of Asian gangs, the Tiny Oriental Posse and the Original Laotian Gangster have been the most active, mostly feuding with one another. In 2003, there were 60 documented gangs, and 35 to 40 of them were actively committing violent crimes. With the Utah population growing and the relocation of young men and women from Southern California and Chicago, officials fear they have a hard road ahead.
Source: Deseret News    Date: October 12, 2003

Boy shot in head (Clinton, UT): Police are investigating a possible drive-by shooting that wounded a 16-year-old boy. The teen was walking through Meadows Park in Clinton when he was shot. Police have no leads on suspects but said that they wanted to talk to the people that took the boy to the hospital. They are not considered suspects.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: October 11, 2003

RICO Act gets gang leader life prison sentence (Salt Lake City, UT): A gang leader, who was convicted of directing the King Mafia Disciples from behind bars in a series of violent crimes, is slated to spend the rest of his life in prison. The case marked the first attempt in Utah to use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, the federal racketeering law, to take down a street gang member. He was convicted in federal court in May of conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering activity, and use of a firearm in a murder aiding racketeering activity. Prosecutors claim that the man, who was in state prison for a 1993 drive-by shooting, ordered fellow King Mafia Disciples to kill a rival gang member. On February 22, 1996, his followers went to a home where they believed their target lived and mistakenly shot and killed a 19-year-old man as he slept.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: October 7, 2003

Two men stabbed in street fight (Salt Lake City, UT): Police are investigating a possible gang-related attack in which two young men were stabbed. The victims were in a car when they pulled over and got into a confrontation with passengers from another vehicle. Witnesses told police that four men in a car pulled over near the victims, but only one committed the stabbing.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: September 25, 2003

Drive-by shooting puts West Valley teen in hospital (West Valley City, UT): Police are searching for a group that may have been involved in wounding a 17-year-old boy during a possible gang-related, drive-by shooting. The boy was standing in front of a house when a car approached, and someone from inside fired multiple shots. The boy's injuries were not considered life threatening.
Source: Deseret News    Date: September 25, 2003

A bewildering night of violence leaves guard hurt at mall (West Valley City, UT): An apparent gang fight left a mall security guard injured, police said. The incident began as two officers were dealing with an intoxicated man on the east side of the Valley Fair Mall, said an officer. The officers saw a fight break out just outside the mall entrance and pursued those involved. Police believe the altercation began inside the mall, where a man claimed he was approached by another man who identified himself as a gang member and flashed a gun. The alleged gang member was among six or seven people detained by police.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: September 10, 2003

Man shot in head in critical condition (Salt Lake County, UT): A 21-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot near his Salt Lake County home, authorities said. The man and two other people, who are all believed to be affiliated with gangs, were in a car traveling toward his home. As they pulled into a driveway, another car that had been following them passed, and someone inside began firing. Investigation is continuing.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: September 5, 2003

Police seek gunmen in suspected gang shooting (Salt Lake City, UT): Salt Lake City police are seeking two suspects in a gang-related shooting. Two men were walking when one of them fired three rounds into a gang member's home, police said. The occupant of the home left the house to look for the two men who fled. He found the men in a park, and a confrontation occurred as one of the suspects pulled a gun and fired at the man. The man was not wounded, police said. The suspects ran to a car and fled.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: August 20, 2003

Shopping trip ends in homicide (Magna, UT): Detectives from the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office arrested four teenagers, whose ages range from 14 to 16, for an alleged gang-related shooting at an auto parts store. A 15-year-old suspect pulled out a handgun and fired multiple shots at two brothers after the feuding gang members exchanged gang signs. The 21-year-old brother died at a hospital from the gunshot wounds, while his younger brother, 18, was treated for similar injuries. At least two suspects are members of the King Mafia Disciples, authorities said. The gang affiliation of the other two suspects is unknown.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: August 9, 2003

Man shot (Salt Lake City, UT) : Salt Lake City police are investigating a shooting in which a 27-year-old man was wounded. The pedestrian was approached by four men in a vehicle; all were wearing red clothing. He was harassed for wearing blue, police said. One man in the car pulled out a gun and began shooting, striking the victim once. Police say the incident is gang-related. The victim was treated at a hospital and released.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: July 9, 2003

Shotgun pellets injure two (Utah): Two people were wounded from what police are calling a gang-related walk-by shooting. Officers were responding to a loud music call, when they heard three shots fired. The victims were helping someone move from an apartment when the shooting occurred. No further information was available.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: May 7, 2003

Man turns himself in to police after shooting (Midvale, UT): A suspect in a recent gang-related shooting in Midvale, Utah, turned himself in to police. The 21-year-old male allegedly shot and left one man in critical condition.
Source: Deseret News    Date: April 27, 2003

Police seek car, two men after drive-by shooting (Salt Lake City, UT): Two men are being sought by police following an alleged drive-by shooting. Two men in a vehicle pulled up beside two pedestrians. According to police, one of the suspects fired four shots through an open window of the car. Nobody was injured.
Source: Deseret News    Date: April 21, 2003

Asian gangs a scourge (Utah): A recent flurry of Asian gang-related activity has caused police to reassess their approach in thwarting future incidents involving the Tiny Oriental Posse (TOP) and Original Laotian Gangsters (OLG). The most recent violence occurred when members of OLG were shot at by two members of TOP, according to West Valley City police. A detective from the police gang unit says the violent nature of the decade-old feud between OLG and TOP is a major concern because battles between gang members occur in public places such as malls, major roadways, or the Utah Fun Dome in Murray.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: April 15, 2003

Police seeking gunman after Magna home hit (Magna, UT): Police are seeking a man they believe is responsible for a possible gang-related drive-by shooting. Several bullets hit a house, but the intended victim was not at home at the time of the shooting. No one was injured and police have recovered the car they believe was used in the shooting.
Source: Deseret News    Date: April 14, 2003

Man shot, hit by car (Ogden, UT): Ogden police are investigating a gang-related shooting that occurred after a man argued with two rival gang members. One of the the gang members pulled out a handgun and started firing, police said. The wounded victim was struck by a car while trying to get away. Two suspects are being sought.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: April 8, 2003

Four charged in home robbery (Sandy, UT): The Salt Lake District Attorney's Office has charged four known gang members following a home invasion robbery on March 26th. The men, ages 18 to 30, were originally charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, and theft, but they now face enhanced penalties because the crimes were gang-related.
Source: Deseret News    Date: April 3, 2003

Two boys, woman arrested in Fun Dome shooting (Murray, UT): Police have arrested two 16-year-old boys and a 19-year-old woman in connection with a shooting at the Utah Fun Dome. The three potentially face four counts of attempted criminal homicide, but formal charges may differ. Police believe that the incident was gang-related and that it stemmed from an earlier feud between two groups, which continued later at the Fun Dome.
Source: Deseret News     Date: March 31, 2003

Young boy injured in Fun Dome shooting (Murray, UT): Murray police reported a four-year-old boy was shot and four other persons were injured in what is believed to be a gang-related shooting. Two groups of people were reported arguing just before the shooting took place and then shots were fired at the entrance to the Fun Dome. Witnesses stated that teenagers ran to a nearby vehicle and drove wildly out of the parking lot immediately after the shooting. Investigation is undergoing.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: March 30, 2003

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