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August 22, 1991
A feud between two rival gangs from Bell Gardens ended in a shooting in San Pedro that killed one 16-year-old gang member, Los Angeles police said this week. Miguel Rosas Ramos died from several shotgun wounds after he and other members of the Bell Gardens gang were confronted by a rival gang shortly before midnight last Friday at Point Fermin Park, homicide Detective Larry Kallestad said.
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April 19, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes
A man convicted of attempted murder for opening fire on a rival gang member on the USC campus sobbed in court Friday as he was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison. At one point, sheriff's deputies had to calm Brandon Spencer as he banged his head on the defense table. He was convicted in February on four counts of attempted murder for the 2012 shooting, the first on the campus in decades. Four people were shot and injured. Nearly 50 friends and family members sat behind Spencer as he tried to compose himself and ask the judge for a second chance.
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June 5, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Scores of residents fled the western area of Kingston, the Jamaican capital, as gunfire between rival gangs linked to political parties erupted anew, killing one man and wounding two, police said. Five houses were firebombed. Gunfire and small explosions rocked the area over the weekend in fighting between factions supporting the ruling Peoples National Party and the opposition Jamaica Labor Party. The latest victims brought the death toll in the sporadic violence to at least seven.
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January 22, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A man accused of opening fire outside a Halloween party at USC in 2012, wounding four people, was retaliating for his being shot by a rival gang member, a prosecutor said Wednesday on the first day of his trial. Brandon Spencer, 21, is charged with four counts of attempted murder in the shooting amid a large crowd of people waiting to enter a Halloween night party at the USC student center's ballroom. Spencer believed a Crips-affiliated gang member had been responsible for shooting him in the stomach, Los Angeles County Deputy Dist.
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October 29, 1988
A federal grand jury in Portland, Ore., has indicted two members of rival street gangs, including a Compton man alleged to be one of the top Bloods members in Portland. The indictment charges Mario Lewis, 19, said by police to be from the West Side Pirus gang in Compton, with two counts of possessing cocaine with intent to distribute and one count of selling marijuana. Lewis, who has been accused of supervising operation of at least five "crack houses" in Portland, was arrested Oct.
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January 18, 1994 | THUAN LE
Three teen-age boys were arrested early Monday after rival gangs from Huntington Beach confronted each other and one of the youths opened fire with a handgun, police said. No one was injured. The dispute started about 11:30 p.m. Sunday as the two gangs traveled in four cars on Bristol Street in Santa Ana, Newport Beach Police Sgt. Andy Gonis said. One gang followed the other into Costa Mesa, Gonis said.
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March 6, 1988 | ADRIANNE GOODMAN, Times Staff Writer
Five suspected gang members have been charged with attempted murder after a gun battle between rival gangs near Gardena High School left four people injured, Gardena police said Saturday. The five suspects, all adults, were arrested along with five juveniles after the shoot-out last Thursday on Artesia Boulevard near Normandie Avenue, two blocks north of the high school, police said. The juveniles, whose names were not released, were taken into custody and face hearings in Juvenile Court.
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July 4, 1993 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man on the Riverside Freeway on Friday evening was gang-related and not random gunfire, police said Saturday. Police identified the victim as Oscar Garcia, a resident of Anaheim. Police also said that a woman and her 10-month-old daughter were passengers in Garcia's Volkswagen Rabbit. Both were unharmed.
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November 28, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
From a prison cell outside California, an inmate known as "Evil" was making himself known on Ventura County's streets. Martin Madrigal, 39, was squeezing drug profits from street gangs for the prison-based Mexican Mafia, according to a grand jury indictment released Tuesday. He was so feared that rival gangs cooperated on extortion schemes, drug deals and violent crimes, according to law enforcement officials. The 35-count indictment portrays Madrigal as a powerful figure representing an efficient and merciless organization that law enforcement officials believe has been operating for decades, largely from behind bars, calling shots among street gangs.
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March 28, 1994 | J. E. MITCHELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A fight erupted Sunday afternoon at a normally quiet Ventura park, sending dozens of people running for cover from gunfire and flying rocks. One youth was reported to be injured in the incident, and police detained one man for questioning. An argument between two groups believed to be rival gangs apparently sparked the violence, which broke out around 5 p.m. at Hobert Park near Petit Avenue and Telegraph Road, police said.
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December 18, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A 23-year-old man who police say was fatally shot by rival gang members in Pomona was first targeted last month in a shooting that wounded a 14-year-old girl, police said. Pomona police identified Tuesday night's victim as Fred Anthony Aguirre, of Pomona. Aguirre was killed about 6 p.m. when he was gunned down near the intersection of Rebecca and Center streets, about half a mile from the Pomona Police Department. “The preliminary investigation indicates that Aguirre was specifically targeted in this incident and this was not a random act of violence,” said Sgt. Patrick O'Malley in a news release.
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June 21, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
Sixteen-year-old Donald Ray Dokins' short stature and baby face belie the crime he committed: the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old boy in the arms of his proud and doting father. As he prepared to sentence the teenager, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Pat Connolly could barely contain his contempt. "You have no intestinal fortitude to sit up and look at me," Connolly said to Dokins, who was staring at the floor, avoiding the judge's gaze. "You have hatred in your heart that I can't understand.
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November 28, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
From a prison cell outside California, an inmate known as "Evil" was making himself known on Ventura County's streets. Martin Madrigal, 39, was squeezing drug profits from street gangs for the prison-based Mexican Mafia, according to a grand jury indictment released Tuesday. He was so feared that rival gangs cooperated on extortion schemes, drug deals and violent crimes, according to law enforcement officials. The 35-count indictment portrays Madrigal as a powerful figure representing an efficient and merciless organization that law enforcement officials believe has been operating for decades, largely from behind bars, calling shots among street gangs.
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May 24, 2012 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
A 23-year-old gang member who shot and killed a high school football star he mistook for a rival gangster in 2008 should be put to death, a Los Angeles jury decided Wednesday. Jurors reached the verdict after about a week of testimony in the penalty phase of the trial for Pedro Espinoza, a member of the 18th Street gang. The panel was asked to decide what punishment Espinoza should receive for the slaying of 17-year-old Jamiel Shaw II. Prosecutors said Shaw was killed execution-style because he was a young black male carrying a red Spider-Man backpack, which led Espinoza to believe he was a Bloods gang member.
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May 10, 2012 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
Several violent incidents, including the shooting of a 13-year-old boy, have sparked worries of renewed gang activity in a northeast Los Angeles neighborhood where city authorities have invested many resources to combat a notorious gang. Years after a largely successful effort to clear a subgroup of the Avenues gang from Drew Street in Glassell Park, authorities say it appears that rival gangs are looking to exact revenge on, or humiliate, a once powerful and predatory enemy. "I think there's payback a little bit there," said LAPD Lt. David Kowalski, supervisor of the Northeast Division's gang unit.
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October 31, 2011 | Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
A team of UCLA researchers has delved again into the world of crime fighting, this time developing a computer program capable of pointing police to potential suspects when feuds between rival gangs erupt into violence. The work is the latest contribution in the fast-emerging field of predictive policing — a broad area of study rooted in the notion that it is possible, through sophisticated computer analysis of information about previous crimes, to predict where and when crimes will occur or, in this case, to calculate the probability a certain gang committed a crime.
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August 17, 1990 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Members of two rival street gangs pummeled each other with fists, metal signposts and trash cans Thursday in the crowded lobby of the West Los Angeles Municipal Courthouse until law enforcement officers poured out of nearby courtrooms and broke up the fracas. No one was seriously hurt, but county Deputy Marshal Frank Gutierrez said he crashed through a plate glass window as he tried to separate two of the combatants.
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March 10, 1996 | NICK GREEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A sheriff's deputy was injured early Saturday during a melee between rival gangs that involved six separate fights and an estimated 150 onlookers, authorities said. The incident outside a Westlake Boulevard restaurant was quelled by 23 law officers, including two California Highway Patrol officers, said Senior Deputy Luis Obregon. "This is the biggest [such disturbance] I think we've had in a long time," Sgt. Claude Robillard said. "It was like a fever. . . .
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June 9, 2011 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Police have arrested 75 alleged gang leaders in a one-day sweep in the Central Valley for offenses including attempted murder and drug trafficking, Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris said Wednesday. The raids, which involved helicopters and canine units, occurred at 50 locations Tuesday in the cities of Madera, Los Banos, Livingston, Merced, Atwater and Dos Palos under "Operation Red Zone," Harris said. It was aimed at "ruthless" and "lethal" gang leaders associated with Nuestra Familia, which was started in Folsom Prison in 1968 and continues to be run out of the state prison system, Harris said.
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May 22, 2011 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
The North Facility of Pitchess Detention Center was once home to some 1,600 men. Now it holds just two. The lucky pair can choose from any of a hundred open beds for a nap. There's never a line to use the jailhouse pay phones. And come meal time, there's always enough for seconds. Amid steep budget cuts, L.A. County jails have been forced to shed inmates in droves, more than any other jail system in the nation. That drop is most striking at the Castaic facility, where the Sheriff's Department has cut the inmate count to the bare minimum needed to keep the lockup from falling into disrepair.
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