SF Chinese Gang Wars worsen.
J.rg 13, lÂ»74-U.CnicÂ«.NtwMtxlco-SÂ»Â»-NcwÂ»-SÂ«tlQii I- Gang Wars Replace Tong Battles In San Francisco SAN.FRANCISCO (UPD-Gang battles reminiscent of the long wars of old have returned to Sin Franciaco'i Chinatown. . In recent years, Â«t least 21 murders have been linked to the picturesque community that has long been a major tourist attraction and until the recent outbreak was considered one of the most peaceful areas of San Francisco. Francisco. . . Investigator* attribute the violence to a power struggle between gaiigi of young Chinese, One of the group* Involved In the running battle hai been Identified ai the "Wah Ching 1 ' gang. It originated with the arrival during the past 10 years of thousands of new immigrants from Hong Kong: According to Chinatown experts, many of the newly arrived young Chinese rebelled against following the traditional pattern in Chinatown-washing dishes for very low pay and starting the climb upward. , At the same time, the native Chinese-American population of Chinatown had produced its own crop of rebellious youths, who are believed to make up the gang contending with the Wah Ching in the sometimes bloody battle for power. Early in May a slender, baby-faced 16-year-old Chinese youth was sent to prison for life as the youngest convict in the state's adult prison system. ChiKo Won was described as a "trained killer, a hit man." Police in Santa Monica, where he was convicted, said he was an assassin by profession. "Hewas specifically trained by older gang members as an assassin," prosecutor David Wells said. The Chinese- American gangs have a small cadre of '.such teen-age professional killers who ire moved around the country carry out "contract" killings, the prosecutor said. In San Francisco, the most recent gang victim was Lincoln Louie, IS, whose body, trussed and shell twice in the head, was found on a hillside. . ; .... . Eight Chinese youths, the oldest 18, were rounded up next day in connection with the killing. "We are Investigating Investigating the possibility that those arrested are members of Wah Chlng gang," a police spokesman said. The slaying was believed to be in retaliation for the slaying a week earlier of .Gene Fong, 26, a brother of Fong, 19, a Chinese^American who is serving a prison term for conspiracy in a previous laying. . in one of the boldest murders, a year ago, Anton 24, was ambushed on a busy corner in Chinatown at noon. A 15-year-old boy was accused of executing Wong the spot before a crowd of people with a .25 caliber automatic pistol. The Chinese Six Companies, a coalition of family leaders which used to run Chinatown, has largely lost its influence over the young, who either regard the generation of restaurant and curio-shop owners as "fat cats" or people to be exploited. Police inspector John McKenna says the 1960s saw the gradual "surging into power" of youth gangs who preyed on Chinatown merchants. . , . "They began falling out among themselves. There was a lot of jealousy and power struggles...If the member of one group dies,' then the group has to have revenged. sort of snowballed."