Examples: [Collected via e-mail, March 2008]
She heard this from several customers that came in the store and her assistant had received a phone call from her mother stating the same. She said that they had called a "radio station" and they had heard the same thing.
My boyfriend received 4 text messages from his friends that stated the
butterfli0729 (10:14:12 AM): i was at the game last night and during one of the intermissions, my friends boyfriend (a wilmington cop) got a call about gang initiation being in wilmington last night...where this hispanic gang rear ends cars and when the person gets out they shoot them
butterfli0729 (10:14:18 AM): and i was calling everyone...i called your sister too
butterfli0729 (10:14:25 AM): and now its rumored to happen here tonight
butterfli0729 (10:14:34 AM): it happened in charlotte a month ago and
We received a call from a Monmouth County Sheriff's Officer. There is an initiation tonight for a local gang. They have advised us to be aware when driving. The gang will bump your car from behind and once you stop and get out, they will shoot you. If you are bumped from behind tonight, keep driving. If they surround you from the front and back, keep driving and continually blow your horn.
Please be careful and let your family know of this as well.
LET ALL KNOW THAT THERE IS A MEXICAN GANG INITIATION GOING ON NOW, IF SOME ONE BUMP YOUR CAR DO NOT GET OUT, THEY WILL SHOOT YOU.
THIS IS WHAT I GOT IN A TEXT MESSAGE IN MEMPHIS...IS THIS TRUE!!!
I just thought I would pass this along. You can take the information and do what you want with it. My husband, Derek, just called me to warn me of a Gang, MS13, that has begun initiations. What they are doing is coming up behind you at a stop light or stop sign and bumping into the back of your car. When you get out to look at the damage, they are 'plowing' you over. His boss, who was head of Narcotics in Pender county, is the one that informed him of this and told him to please pass it on. His warning to me is very reliable since he does have an inside to the police department.
A Correctional Officer at one of the Northern California area's institutions intelligence division just intercepted a message from the national known South American gang "MS13". The gang is expanding into the Northern California region rapidly. The message to the members "outside" was to hold gang initiations tonight (Thursday 3/27/08). They plan to slightly "bump" cars from the rear or from the side. When the occupants get out of their cars to look at the damage and confront the offending car; they plan to shoot the individual. I certainly don't mean to cause you to panic or anything, but my nephew was told by his division officer to inform any and all his friends and family since they consider the threat very credible and likely to occur. I suggest that you email or call your friends and family in the area and inform them. Better to be a bit cautious, then to be sorry later.
Good morning everyone, please note this is not a forward, this is something I am sending out as a warning due to a phone call Shane and I received last night from a friend who is a Harris County Sheriff Deputy. We were informed that right now the MS13 gang is doing a lot of initiations this week and the next couple of weeks. What the Deputy and others have found out from arresting some of these low lives is that they are going around rear ending vehicles and then when you pull over and get out of your vehicle to check the damage they are shooting you.
This is especially taking place in Harris County but is also going on in the surrounding areas. So everyone please keep this in the back of your mind if you end up in a situation especially at night where you have been rear ended.
I'm giving you this little tid bit of info due to the gang involved is spreading to multiple counties and it can happen anywhere.
There is a new gang initiation going on this week into next week, what these jerks are doing is driving behind or beside people and then proceeding to hit your car, when you stop and get out to see what happened they shoot you in point blank range. These are the same people that killed those Delaware college kids, and they have so far, killed
Union and essex county are the worst spots, but from the meeting the county police gang task force had they are going out of the county to have a better chance of not getting caught.
The Tucson Police Department contacted Security with the following information:
A new gang calling themselves the MS13 is now active in the Tucson area and are recruiting new members. Gang intelligence has discovered information that this gang will be starting an initiation process for future members. This initiation includes causing a minor accident to any of our citizens and when the unsuspecting person exits their vehicle, these gang members will shoot them.
This gang has an extremely violent past and has been in California for some time.
If you are in an accident and feel at all uncomfortable with the occupants of the other vehicle, remain in your vehicle and call 911 if possible.
Origins: The above-quoted warning about an imminent "car bump" gang initiation began
Many different police departments around the country approached the rumor with skepticism, issuing disclaimers that they had not confirmed any such gang activity was taking place and that they did not have any credible information that activities are being planned. For example, the police in Tallahassee, Florida, said:
The message reads: "The gang MS 13 here in tally is having initiation that starts tonight they bump your car and then when you get out they shoot you please pass this on."
Spokesmen from both the Tallahassee Police Department and the Leon County Sheriff's Office call this an "urban legend" and say they have no credible information or reason to believe that any such gang activity will occur tonight.
Word was that those wanting to join gangs would cause a rear-end collision with another car and then attack that driver, said Jamie Smith, Fayetteville police spokeswoman.
The rumor was spread by text messaging and e-mail, Smith said.
Lawmen investigated the claims but found nothing to substantiate them, Smith said.
Police believe it was merely an urban legend, Smith said.
Gipson says part of that initiation is staging rear-end collisions. Gipson warns if this happens to you as you drive, don't get out of the vehicle. Instead, he suggests calling 911 and asking for a uniformed officer response, or you can drive to the nearest police station.
Gipson says the gang is making its first stop in Western
The alert was issued after the Buffalo Police Department says it received credible information that a dangerous street gang may have come into the Western
The threat of gang initiation has been circulated on the internet, and discounted in other areas, but Buffalo Police Spokesman Mike DeGeorge tells us the department would not have put drivers on alert without credible information.
Gipson revealed that this shooting involved a man driving his car in Buffalo, who pulled over when a vehicle behind him, occupied by at least three men, began flashing its lights at him.
When the man got out of his car, one of the men inside the other vehicle opened fire, striking him, according to Gipson. The victim sought medical treatment and has survived his injuries.
Gipson said this incident, along with "credible information" from street informants, was the reason why he chose to issue a public alert.
"It appears that he could have been the innocent victim of a gang initiation rite," Gipson said of the motorist. "We have factual evidence that led me to make the determination to issue that alert, so we're not dealing with an urban myth here.
"Individuals from this group are in Western New York," Gipson said of the violent Central American gang. "I'd rather that the public be made aware than to have an incident of that type occur."
"They were well-intentioned, and they took this information on good faith," the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "They issued the alert out of caution, and now they’re in a tough position. They may be embarrassed."
Police sources also say the street informants who sparked the public alert may be "wannabe" or "copycat" gang members, who are not connected to
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