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Amid Violent Crime Wave, Sweden Takes Unusual Step

Military will be deployed to help police rein in gangs

(Newser) - Sweden's prime minister says the military will assist the police with some duties to help deal with an unprecedented crime wave that has shocked the Scandinavian country with almost daily shootings and bombings. Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said his center-right government will announce proposals this week for how the...

Gang Members Storm Hospital in Ecuador Looking for Rival

Seven men are arrested in brazen attack

(Newser) - The BBC reports that gang violence in Ecuador has been on the upswing in last few years, and a hospital in Chone got an unwanted demonstration of that. Seven members of a gang stormed the facility looking for a member of a rival gang named "Dirty Face." The...

In Ecuador, a 'Declaration of Open War'

Murders of 5 police officers on Tuesday attributed to criminal gangs

(Newser) - Five police officers were killed in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil on Tuesday, including two shot dead in their patrol car, in what some say is evidence of "criminal rule," per the Guardian . Officials described nine attacks in the city in apparent response to the transfer of hundreds...

Drug Gang Storms Mexican City Hall, Guns Down 20

Mayor and his father among the dead in ambush in San Miguel Totolapan, in Guerrero state

(Newser) - A drug gang shot to death 20 people, including a mayor and his father, in the mountains of southern Mexico, officials said Thursday. A video posted on social media showed men who identified themselves as the Tequileros gang claiming responsibility for the mass shooting in the state of Guerrero. The...

Prosecutors: Gang Targeting Celebs Set Its Sights on Mariah

26 are now facing charges related to the 'Drug Rich' gang

(Newser) - A violent street gang has been targeting the homes of the wealthy and famous in Atlanta, including pop star Mariah Carey, prosecutors said Monday. They announced a 220-count indictment alleging attempted murders, shootings, kidnappings, home invasions, armed robberies, and carjackings by 26 members of the "Drug Rich" gang, some...

Haiti in 'Grim' State a Year After President's Murder

Extreme gang violence, broken economy, kids out of school plague Caribbean island after Moise killing

(Newser) - It's been exactly a year since Haitian President Jovenel Moise was assassinated in his private residence, and the state of things in the Caribbean nation has only gotten worse, with a proliferation of gang violence, a despairing populace, and a "seeming state of lawlessness" in parts. That's...

Waco Biker Brawl: 9 Dead, 177 Charged, 0 Convictions, 1 Very Good Defense Team

It's fair to say justice was served, just not for any of the victims

(Newser) - The war between the Cossacks and Bandidos began with a disagreement over the right to wear a “Texas rocker” vest patch, and the 2015 climax outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco had everything: fists, chains, brass knuckles, clubs, knives, and copious gunfire. Nine bikers died (some by police...

Russian Cybercriminals and Miami Gangs Find Synergy
Miami Street Gangs 
Feed Off Russian Hackers 

Miami Street Gangs Feed Off Russian Hackers

For gangs, identity theft is an easy way to raise money, and Russian criminals are making it easy

(Newser) - "Fraud is the new dope." So says Armando Aguilar of the Miami Police, per a recent report by Thomas Brewster for Forbes about links between Miami street gangs and Russian cybercriminals. Gangs have always seen identity theft as a low-risk funding source. Crips from the East Coast to...

Mexican Politician Killed After Sharing Location on Facebook

Alma Barragan is reportedly the 34th candidate killed ahead of June 6 elections

(Newser) - A woman campaigning to be mayor of a city in Mexico's Guanajuato state invited voters to meet with her Tuesday, only to be murdered. Alma Barragan, a candidate for the Citizen's Movement party who hoped to lead the city of Moroleon, had posted a Facebook Live video from...

Man Guilty of Killing Chicago Boy Lured Into Alley

He bragged about killing 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee

(Newser) - A jury has convicted a man of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 9-year-old Chicago boy who was lured into an alley with the promise of a juice box. Prosecutors contended that Dwright Boone-Doty and fellow gang member Corey Morgan planned the November 2015 slaying of Tyshawn Lee...

A Gang Targeted the Wrong House. An 11-Year-Old Is Dead

Devastation in Las Vegas: 'No parent should have to deal with a tragedy like this'

(Newser) - Shooters intent on gang-related retaliation opened fire on the wrong house in suburban Las Vegas, killing an innocent 11-year-old girl in the kitchen, police said Friday. A neighbor on his way to work saw the gunfire late Thursday on a quiet residential street and shot with his legally owned handgun...

Cops Called Him a Runaway. He Was in the 'Killing Fields'
Cops Called Him a Runaway.
He Was in the 'Killing Fields'

Cops Called Him a Runaway. He Was in the 'Killing Fields'

ProPublica explores the murder of Miguel Garcia-Moran in Brentwood, NY

(Newser) - Nearly two months after her 15-year-old brother Miguel Garcia-Moran vanished in Suffolk County, Long Island, his older sister Lady discovered she could access his Facebook account. What she discovered were 84 text and voice messages exchanged with Alexander, a classmate of Miguel's at Brentwood High who pushed him to...

Chicago Has Brutally Violent Weekend

More than 60 are shot, and 10 are dead

(Newser) - Chicago might have been making headlines this weekend for the thousands of people who packed downtown for Lollapalooza. Instead, most of the attention is focused on the shooting violence that occurred elsewhere in the city, leaving more than 60 injured and 10 dead between Friday evening and Monday morning, reports...

Wife Warned He'd Be Murdered If Deported. He Was

Juan Coronilla-Guerrero's case isn't unique

(Newser) - Juan Coronilla-Guerrero's wife told a federal judge that her husband would be murdered if he was forced to return to Mexico, the birthplace he'd fled because of gang violence. And he was—perhaps by the very people he'd hoped to evade. Deported three months ago after federal...

4 Shot Dead in Car in Chicago, Including Pregnant Woman

'This is a blood sport for them,' says local politician of alleged gang violence

(Newser) - Chicago police say four people were shot and killed while sitting in a car, including a woman who investigators believe was pregnant. Police say the attack happened Friday night on the city's southwest side in Brighton Park, when one or more people in an SUV opened fire on the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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