US: Guns most common cause of death in gang violence

Every year, armed gang-related violence leads to numerous, preventable deaths of young people. A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies 5 cities in the US with high levels of gang homicide: Los Angeles, California; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Long Beach, California; Oakland, California; and Newark, New Jersey in the period 2003-2008. They find that more than 90% of gang homicide victims were male, victims were more likely to be young, and 92-96% of gang homicides involved firearms, most often in drive-by shootings. They conclude that more systematic data collection is needed to better understand how to develop an effective approach to preventing gang homicide.