One was occupied by Latino youths, the other was full of young Southeast Asians. Mortally wounded, he swerved into an intersection causing an accident. That was in October, The toll so far: nine deaths, more than 50 injuries and hundreds of arrests. The most recent death occurred last week when two suspected Latino gang members entered the upstairs balcony of an apartment building occupied by Cambodians and fired through a front window, killing a year-old boy and injuring three others as they watched the 10 p. The Cambodians say their young people have been victimized for years by Latino gang members who beat them up, stole their money and verbally harassed them.
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The back streets of this port city are the scene of a violent gang war between Hispanic and Cambodian residents, two immigrant cultures with almost nothing in common except their attempts to build a new life in the same neighborhood. In the long-established mostly Mexican barrios along Anaheim Street, where increasing numbers of shops now display pictures of the temple of Angkor Wat, residents take refuge in their homes after dark, some turning off their lights for safety, as carloads of young men with guns cruise the streets. Since tensions escalated into war 18 months ago, the police say, more than 55 drive-by shootings have claimed victims, including 10 people shot to death, in an alternating series of revenge attacks. The conflict here recalls earlier chapters in American immigrant history, but this time in the nation's new port of entry, Los Angeles County. It involves not the Irish, Italians or Poles, but the Hispanic and Asian cultures that are changing the face of the nation. And its young participants, adapting to American styles more readily than their parents, display modern manifestations of gang conflict: baggy clothing, graffiti and drive-by shootings. Fears of violence have nearly paralyzed the city's Cambodian population of about 45,, the largest in America.
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The two young gangsters have never met, and yet given the chance they would probably try to kill each other. Although they still have peach fuzz on their faces, the two are seasoned soldiers in a racially charged gang war pitting Latinos against Asians on the streets of central and northern Long Beach--a conflict that has claimed at least 36 lives in the five years that police have been documenting the killings. The death toll includes three innocent Latino victims--ages 15 to from Los Angeles who were gunned down May 15 in front of stunned witnesses, just moments after leaving a birthday party near MacArthur Park where they had gone to promote their dance club. Two teen-age Laotian gang members have been charged with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder in the incident, which left three other Latinos seriously wounded.
Most gang members are proud of their gang and freely admit their membership. Many display tattoos openly and dress in a style identifying their particular gang. Many individuals on the fringe of gang involvement are reluctant to identify themselves as gang members. They often state that their friends are gang members but they are not.