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Link probed in gang feud (Washington, DC): Two gangs, La Mara R and the 1-5 Amigos, believed to be responsible for a fatal shooting in DC earlier this year, were involved in another shooting that left a 20-year-old man dead and a 50-year-old bus driver wounded in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood. The man who died was a 1-5 member, and authorities charged three La Mara R members, ages 16, 17, and 27, with the shooting. Latino gangs have made their presence known in DC in recent years by feuding and recruiting, while using violence as a tool for both. A series of five shootings tied to those feuds left four people dead and four wounded last summer. The feud between La Mara R and the 1-5 Amigos was blamed for two of the summer shootings, according to police and court documents. La Mara R is one of the city's four large, predominantly Latino street gangs, with membership of perhaps more than 100. The 1-5 Amigos are a few dozen, focusing on dealing cocaine and marijuana in Columbia Heights, police said.
Source: The Washington Post Date: October 11, 2003
One killed, one hurt in Visalia shooting (Visalia, CA): Visalia police arrested a 19-year-old man on suspicion of homicide, attempted homicide, and gang enhancements. The suspect allegedly killed a 19-year-old man and left a 26-year-old man in critical condition. Another 19-year-old man is being sought in connection with the shooting.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: October 11, 2003
More gang thugs are packin' heat (New York): During a Youth Services Committee hearing on gang violence, officials said that guns have become standard equipment for gang members. The NYPD, however, says that gang violence is on the decline, down 17.5 percent from 2001 to 2002. No police data was available on gang members' use of guns, but experts believe it is on the rise. A senior research associate at the Vera Institute of Justice reported that there is a generalized view that guns are an immediate way to gain respect and are used "as a deterrent to other gangs' potential use of violence." One councilman said part of the problem is that it is too easy to get a gun. As they become more available, gang members use them as standard equipment. "There needs to be a better understanding in Virginia and North Carolina. They need to know that their gun laws are killing people on the streets of New York," he said.
Source: New York Post Date: October 11, 2003
Charges filed in street gang assaults of students (Charlottesville, VA): A 27-year-old Charlottesville man and a 17-year-old boy have been charged with the gang-related assaults of two University of Virginia students coming home from a party, police said. The victims, ages 19 and 20, were leaving a fraternity party when they were struck in the head several times and fell down. Police also believe the attacks were possibly part of a gang initiation. The man was charged with two counts of mob assault, and the teenager faces one count. Both were also charged with active participation in a criminal street gang, and the man is charged with recruitment of a juvenile to join a street gang. Both suspects are allegedly members of a gang called "D-Block." Police are still looking for a third suspect.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: October 10, 2003
Suspect charged in ambush killing (St. Paul, MN): A 21-year-old man was charged with second-degree murder and committing a crime for the benefit of a gang in connection with the ambush killing of a 22-year-old man arriving at work in St. Paul. According to authorities, the suspect has ties to the Surenos 13 gang, and the victim was a known associate of the Latin Kings.
Source: Star Tribune Date: October 9, 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
Second arrest linked to killing of tennis stars' older sister (California): Authorities have arrested a second Southside Crips gang member they suspect may have been involved in the shooting of the half-sister of two tennis stars. The 38-year-old man has not been charged in connection with the killing of the 31-year-old victim but is being held on suspicion of violating his parole from previous convictions for robbery and drug offenses. Investigators suspect the man because his car was found parked in front of a reputed Compton drug house where the female victim and her male companion are believed to have argued with gang members moments before she was fatally shot. Investigation continues as police look for other members of the gang believed to be responsible for the killing.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: October 8, 2003
Series of gang fights (Newbury Park, CA): Two men and a teenage boy were arrested in connection with a series of gang-related street fights in Newbury Park, authorities say. According to reports, the initial confrontation occurred when the three males challenged a group of five people, including two females. Later, a confrontation between two groups of young men, including one group with strong ties to a local street gang, turned into a series of fistfights, pursuits, and vandalism. A 30-year-old man was booked on suspicion of challenging others to a fight, participation in a criminal street gang, felony vandalism, and possession of methamphetamine, deputies said. The other two males, ages 17 and 23, were booked for all of the same offenses, except possession of narcotics.
Source: Ventura County Star Date: October 8, 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
Boy hurt in two drive-by shootings (Hayward, CA): Police are looking for the suspects who targeted a teenage boy during a drive-by shooting. The boy, a suspected gang member, has been shot twice recently but has not suffered any life-threatening wounds. In the most recent shooting, the boy was walking down a driveway when he was shot. Witnesses say that five to six shots were fired from someone in a passing van. Almost a month prior, the boy was shot and wounded by three males in a car.
Source: Alameda Times-Star Date: October 7, 2003
Four charged in gang beating (Queens, NY): Four alleged members of a Queens street gang called the Little Neck Boys have been charged in a baseball bat attack that injured two 16-year-old boys and an 18-year-old man. Officials said the beating was motivated by a drug-turf battle. The suspects were charged with attempted murder, gang assault, assault, and weapon possession. The suspects, ranging in age from 15 to 20, got out of three cars, surrounded the victims, and swung bats repeatedly.
Source: Daily News Date: October 7, 2003
Suspect arrested in Main Street shooting (Poughkeepsie, NY): Police arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with a possible gang-related shooting. The man was charged with attempted murder and criminal use of a firearm. The 30-year-old victim remains in the hospital with gunshot wounds. The suspect is believed to be a member of the Bloods gang, while the victim may be connected to the Crips gang. According to reports, the shooting was in retaliation for a problem between the rival gangs.
Source: Poughkeepsie Journal Date: October 7, 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
Madera drive-by leaves two injured (Madera, CA): A father and son were shot outside their home, and a group of children were shot at in a park during two separate drive-by shootings. Neither the father nor his son suffered life-threatening wounds. None of the children in the park were injured. Police have information on the suspects but have not made any arrests.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: October 6, 2003
Fatal shooting (Los Angeles, CA): A 25-year-old man was fatally shot in a possible gang-related, drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles, authorities said. The man was walking down the street with a friend when he was shot twice by someone in a vehicle. No further information was available.
Source: City News Service Date: October 6, 2003
Gunman in car kills man on far West Side (Chicago, IL): Police are investigating the death of a 24-year-old man after he was chased down and shot in a West Side parking lot. The victim and a 26-year-old woman were walking across a parking lot when a van approached them. Two masked men with guns got out of the van, confronted them, and began firing. Police said the crime could be gang-related.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: October 6, 2003
Gangs of Charlotte (Charlotte, NC): The Charlotte Observer ran a special series called "Gangs of Charlotte" in the beginning of October. Please visit the link below to access all of the articles. NOTE: Registration is required to read the articles, but there is no charge to sign up for an account.
Source: The Charlotte Observer Date: October 5, 2003
How cops pin on the gang label (Sacramento, CA): A 15-year-old boy was fatally shot near McClatchy High School in what police say was a gang-related incident. According to police, the boy was a confirmed member of the Norteno street gang. Family members disagree, but according to police, the boy clearly met two of the 10 criteria required to be a validated gang member in Sacramento. These criteria range from having a gang logo tattoo, wearing gang colors, or involvement in gang-related crimes. Statewide, police track gangs and their activities through a system using guidelines set by the California Department of Justice. In Sacramento, the police and sheriff's departments and the district attorney's office worked together to adapt the DOJ guidelines to their own criteria.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: October 4, 2003
Jail seeks to move inmates suspected of gang activity (Paducah, KY): Four inmates from the McCracken County jail may be moved into a prison system at the state's Corrections Department after their part in two gang-related incidents. In the first incident, an inmate was beaten by at least four other inmates. In the second incident, an inmate covered with a blanket suffered minor burns to his feet when another inmate set the blanket on fire. Both inmates were treated for their injuries and returned to their cells.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: October 4, 2003
Two men charged in slaying of boy waiting for bus (Minneapolis, MN): Two men, ages 19 and 23, were charged with murder in the April gang-related shooting death of a 16-year-old boy as he waited for a school bus in North Minneapolis. Both men are members of the Purple Brothers street gang and were charged with first-degree murder and crime committed for the benefit of a gang. The victim was a member of the rival Oroville Mono Boys gang.
Source: Pioneer Press Date: October 4, 2003
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