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35 Gang Members Arrested in Long Island Slayings

4 teens from same high school killed

(Newser) - Thirty-five suspected members of a Long Island gang have been arrested amid a string of brutal killings, including the discovery of a teenager's skeletal remains. Jose Pena-Hernandez, 18, was believed to be a member of the MS-13 gang with links to El Salvador and Los Angeles, police in Suffolk... More »

Chicago Cops: Murdered Boy's Dad Shot 3

Bullet grazed Tyshawn suspect's girlfriend

(Newser) - The father of a 9-year-old Chicago boy lured into an alley and killed shot three people, including a suspect's girlfriend, as payback, police say. Pierre Stokes, father of Tyshawn Lee, has been charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and one count of unlawful use of... More »

Chicago Off to Deadliest Start of This Century

95 homicides reported, up from 48 this time last year

(Newser) - After Chicago suffered its deadliest January in at least 16 years , two deaths in separate shootings over the weekend brought this year's homicide total to 95, giving the city its deadliest start to a year in almost two decades. The same number of homicides was recorded in January and... More »

El Salvador's Murderous Run Is Like a 'Low-Intensity War'

Bloodiest month in a decade saw 16 murders a day

(Newser) - El Salvador has just closed its deadliest month in a decade. The National Civil Police reported that 481 people were murdered last month for an average of 16 homicides per day in the country, which is approximately the size of Massachusetts, the Guardian reports. Though a truce between renowned gangs... More »

40 Shot, 4 Killed This Weekend in Chicago

11-year-old girl was shot in head while indoors at a sleepover

(Newser) - On Friday night, 11-year-old Shamiya Adams was prepping s'mores at a sleepover party at her friend's apartment in Chicago when, as the girls were about to put the s'mores in the microwave, a stray bullet flew across a vacant lot, through an open window, then through a... More »

Chicago Needs a Troop Surge

Obama should do same in his hometown as Afghanistan, pundits argue

(Newser) - Last weekend 84 Americans were shot in Chicago, 16 of them fatally. "If this happened in Kabul, Afghanistan, it would spark a change in policy," observes John Feehery at the Wall Street Journal . Instead, President Obama has barely acknowledged the wave of gang violence in his hometown. "... More »

Cops: Chicago Mass Shooting Was Revenge

4 have now been arrested, including gunmen

(Newser) - Police have now rounded up four suspects in the Chicago mass shooting that left 13 people injured , and they also think they have a motive. Bryon Champ, 21, and Kewane Gatewood, 20, were arrested earlier ; now the Chicago Tribune reports Tabari Young, 22, and Brad Jett, 22, have also been... More »

Teen Stabbed to Death, 3 Hurt in Texas School Fight

It may have been a knife fight

(Newser) - A 17-year-old student was stabbed to death and three others injured during a fight at a Texas high school today. Three "persons of interest" are in custody, KHOU reports. All of the victims are students. One 16-year-old was airlifted to a nearby hospital in critical condition, though his parents... More »

2nd Suspect Arrested in New Orleans Shooting

Police: They were after rival gang member

(Newser) - A second suspect has been arrested in the New Orleans shooting that injured 20 people at a parade on Mother's Day. Shawn Scott, 24, was nabbed today, said police Chief Ronal Serpas. He is the brother of 19-year-old Akein Scott , who was arrested last night in the shooting. Both... More »

Baby Shot, Dies as Dad Changes Diaper

Jonylah Watkins was just 6 months; dad is suspected target

(Newser) - Jonathan Watkins was changing his baby daughter's diaper in the front passenger seat of a minivan parked on a Chicago street yesterday when someone opened fire on them. Six-month-old Jonylah Watkins was shot five times, in the thigh, shoulder, lung, liver, and bowels, and "she didn't make... More »

Teen Trying to Leave Gang Is Shot 15 Times, Survives

Atlanta gang's motto: You stay in until you die

(Newser) - An Atlanta teen who wanted to leave a gang was shot 15 times—and survived. The 19-year-old "told the other members of the gang, 'Hey, look, I want to go straight, be law-abiding,' and they weren't happy with it," says a US marshal, adding, "... More »

Jackson Vows March for Slain Teen

Hadiya Pendleton was shot in Chicago park

(Newser) - Jesse Jackson is organizing a march this weekend in remembrance of Hadiya Pendleton, the Chicago teen who was killed just days after performing with her school band at President Obama's inauguration. Chicago already has some of the nation's strictest gun laws, but Jackson says he's hoping to... More »

Chicago Teen's Shooting Called Gang-War Mistake

Hadiya Pendleton was in 'wrong place at wrong time': police

(Newser) - The Chicago teen who was killed days after performing in President Obama's inauguration may have simply been in the "wrong place at the wrong time," Chicago's police superintendent says, calling the shooting a matter of "mistaken identity." The shooting, police believe, was part of... More »

NYPD Doubling Gang Unit, Thanks to Facebook Fights

Social media taunts leading to real turf war battles, says chief

(Newser) - The NYPD is doubling the size of its gang unit—not because of an increase in established gangs, but because of growing problems with "looser associations" of teens who engage in real violence after first sparring over Facebook and other social media, the AP reports. These groups "identify... More »

LA Man Cleared of Murder, Freed After 19 Years

Former gang member had been sentenced to life

(Newser) - A former gang member sentenced to life in prison for a murder he didn't commit walked out of prison yesterday after 19 years, reports NBC Los Angeles . John Edward Smith, now 37, had always maintained his innocence in the drive-by killing, but it wasn't until advocacy group Innocence... More »

'Horse-Riding' Dance-Off Sparks Gang Shootout

Thai gang members start fight by dancing

(Newser) - While South Korean pop star Psy shows the world his new "horse-riding" dance, Thai teens used it in a West Side Story-style standoff that escalated into a gunfight, the Guardian reports. Members of two gangs were eating at the same restaurant in Bangkok when younger gang-bangers began dancing Gangnam-style... More »

Chicago Girl, 7, Shot Dead at Mom's Candy Stand

Mayor slams gangs after Heaven Sutton murder

(Newser) - The latest victim of Chicago's surge in gang violence is just seven years old. Heaven Sutton died after being shot in the back at a candy stand her mom set up two weeks ago to help keep neighborhood kids close to home and away from gang crossfire, reports the... More »

Teen Arrested in Shooting of Hero Brooklyn Mom

Andrew Lopez admits to shooting spree

(Newser) - An 18-year-old gang member has confessed to killing a pregnant mom, who died on Friday as she shielded a group of children from bullets, but insisted he “did not mean to shoot the ladies,” sources tell the New York Daily News . In addition to Zurana Horton—who was... More »

Sign Language Triggers Gang Attack

Four deaf friends stabbed in Florida bar

(Newser) - A group of deaf friends partying in a Florida bar were stabbed by three gangsters who mistook sign language for gang signs, reports the New York Daily News . A female customer thought the group's signs were actually gang signals, so she flashed gang signs back at them. After the... More »

Rio Cops Try to Reclaim Gang-Ruled Slums

City begins long cleanup ahead of 2016 Olympics

(Newser) - Now that Brazil has won its bid for the 2016 Olympics, the housecleaning has begun. Police mounted intense raids on shantytowns that have been co-opted as operating bases by gangs. Ten suspected criminals were killed in gunfights with police, the AP reports. The overall plan is to push the gangs... More »

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