Latest Gang-related crime News

Kemp officials make case for stronger Georgia anti-gang law

Jan. 27, 2020 5:50 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp's administration is seeking to persuade lawmakers of the need to tighten Georgia's gang laws. Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vic Reynolds, Attorney General Chris Carr and others told a House-Senate panel Monday that gangs are a serious problem needing further...

Officers attend to one of several shooting victims, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Seattle, after a gunman opened fire in the heavily trafficked downtown area. (David Silver via AP)

Mayor, police pledge action after deadly Seattle shooting

Jan. 23, 2020 9:51 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A shootout in downtown Seattle that left a woman dead and a 9-year-old boy injured was the third violent incident this week in a part of the city long known for rampant drug use and street unrest. Business groups implored officials to improve public safety. And while crime rates in Seattle...

Vigilante group in Mexico presents armed troop of children

Jan. 22, 2020 10:03 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A vigilante group in southern Mexico publicly displayed a troop of 19 armed, masked children Wednesday who have been recruited to act as “community police”. The children appeared to range in age from about 8 to 15 and they carried shotguns and rifles. Some of the very...

Las Vegas Metro Police officers head into the Fashion Show Mall on the Las Vegas Strip after a shooting at the mall in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

Vegas police arrest 18-year-old in mall shooting that hurt 3

Jan. 22, 2020 9:06 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — An 18-year-old was arrested Wednesday on attempted murder charges, a day after a shooting triggered by a gang dispute wounded three people, sent shoppers scrambling and drew a massive police response to an upscale Las Vegas Strip mall, authorities said. Christopher Valenzuela-Olivas was...

More charges announced in gang drug, sex trafficking case

Jan. 22, 2020 1:18 PM EST

READING, Pa. (AP) — Federal authorities have announced more charges in an investigation of what they call a violent drug gang that engaged in sex trafficking, attempted murder and murder in eastern Pennsylvania. U.S. Attorney William McSwain said the racketeering conspiracy and other charges against 13...

Man gunned down after fight at Los Angeles mall restaurant

Jan. 21, 2020 1:31 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fatal shooting of a man outside a tony West Los Angeles mall was possibly gang-related, police said Tuesday. Officers called to the Westfield Century City mall late Monday night found the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, a police statement said. The man was taken to a...

Data: Gary's 2019 homicide count highest since 2007

Jan. 19, 2020 12:08 PM EST

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The northwest Indiana city of Gary reported 58 homicides in 2019, which is the highest since 2007 when there were 71, officials said. The murder count last year was up 45% from 40 in 2018, according to The (Northwest Indiana) Times, which cited FBI data. Domestic killings jumped by...

MS-13 inmates sent to restricted unit after prison stabbing

Jan. 18, 2020 4:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal Bureau of Prisons is moving some MS-13 gang members in its custody into more restricted housing at certain high-security facilities across the U.S. after a gang stabbing in a Virginia prison, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Saturday. A brawl...

The Virginia state Capitol building is surrounded by fencing, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 in Richmond, Va., in preparation for Monday's rally by gun rights advocates. Gun-rights groups are asking a judge to block the Virginia governor's ban on firearms at a massive pro-gun rally scheduled for next week. Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday, Jan. 15, announced a state of emergency and banned all weapons from the rally at the Capitol.  (Dean Hoffmeyer/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Virginia's highest court upholds weapons ban at gun rally

Jan. 17, 2020 9:01 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's highest court on Friday upheld a ban on firearms at an upcoming pro-gun rally in the state's capital, an event that authorities feared could erupt in violence at the hands of armed extremists. The Virginia Supreme Court's decision came a day after gun-rights groups sued to...

A bus driver peers from his window, which he said was shot a few weeks ago, as he drives slowly through a security checkpoint in the El Milagro area of the Mixco municipality on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Guatemala’s new president announced a state of alert for two municipalities with high crime rates to combat gang activity Friday, a measure that allows the deployment of military troops. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)

Guatemala sends troops to fight gangs in 2 high-crime areas

Jan. 17, 2020 2:26 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s new president announced a state of alert for two municipalities with high crime rates to combat gang activity Friday, a measure that allows the deployment of military troops. Alejandro Giammattei said it will remain in place for seven days in Mixco and San Juan...