G-Shine

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{{Infobox criminal organization | name = G-Shine Bloods | image = | image_size = | caption = | founded = 1993 | founder = | named_after = | founding_location = Brooklyn, New York | years_active = 1993-present | territory = Atlantic Coast and Georgia[1] | ethnicity = | membership = | leaders = | activities = Drug trafficking, intimidation, gunrunning, and violence | allies =Bloods | rivals =

  • Grape Street CripsCite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag, are a set of the United Blood Nation street gang and one of the first Bloods sets to form on the East Coast of the United States.

Originally formed under the name Gangster Killer Bloods (GKB), the name allegedly changed upon the discovery of a crip-aligned gang on the west coast known as Gangstas Killin' Bloods.

Background[edit]

Formed in the late 1990s, the G-Shine Bloods were reportedly one of the first Blood sets (subgroups) to have been established on the east coast of the United States. According to the US Department of Justice, the gang originated in the New York/New Jersey area and migrated along the east coast to other states such as North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.[2][3]

G-Shine appears to primarily make its income off of drug trafficking but the gang has been known to engage in other profitable criminal activities as well. Countless acts of violence have been linked to G-Shine in addition to numerous gang-related murders that have been traced back to the group. Violence is utilized by the gang for the purpose of maintaining membership and discipline within the gang as well as against non-gang members.

Subsets[edit]

G-Shine is one of the many autonomous sets of the United Blood Nation. The gang has broken off into various different subsets since its creation, including:

  • Shine Money Gang - Based in the Longs, South Carolina area.[4]
  • Pretty Tony - A renegade faction of G-Shine based in North Carolina.[5]
  • Black Mob Gangstas - Based in Raleigh, North Carolina.[6]
  • Donald Gee Family[7]
  • Black Gangsta Bloods[8]

Criminal allegations and incidents[edit]

A 16-year-old rival gang member by the name of Adarius Fowler was shot dead in 2008 near an intersection in Raleigh, North Carolina. The slaying was ordered by G-Shine leader Demetrice Devine.[9]

Following a law enforcement operation known as Operation Capital City, several G-Shine members in Trenton, New Jersey were arrested in 2010 - 14 of which were Charged With first-degree racketeering and an additional 5 that were charged with murder.[10]

The killing of low-level drug dealer Quondell Pringle that occurred in Henrico, Virginia in 2011 was perpetuated by G-Shine member James B. Pryor after he and a fellow gang member robbed him on behalf of the gang.[11]

In 2016, Matthew Brown, a member of the G-Shine Bloods gang in Westchester, New York, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, and conspiracy. Brown had apparently been ordered by G-Shine Bloods gang leader Jason Garcia to shoot an individual who owed Garcia money for marijuana. The victim sustained gunshot wounds in his chest and neck while another innocent bystander was struck in the head with a bullet, both surviving the attack.[12] Garcia was sentenced to a maximum of 20 years to life in state prison for the shooting.[13]

Several South Carolinian members of the Shine Money Gang set of the G-Shine Bloods were indicted in 2019 based on a federal wiretap investigation into the organization.[14]

On January 30th of 2021, reputed G-Shine Bloods leader, Bayshine Leary, was shot and killed by a security guard at Q-Time 777 casino in Lake City, Florida after attempting to shoot a female employee at Point-blank range. Leary, who had an extensive criminal record, had apparently been involved in a dispute sometime earlier and had been asked to leave the premises. He later returned armed and proceeded to shoot the woman but the gun malfunctioned. Leary then pointed the gun randomly throughout the establishment and fired multiple rounds. A nearby security guard then confronted him and the two exchanged gunfire before Leary was shot dead.[15][16]

In popular culture[edit]

Floridian rapper YNW Melly makes mention of the G-Shine Bloods on many of his songs including "Inmate Stories" and "Red Eyes".[17][18] He openly claims to be affiliated with G-Shine on the song "Bompetition" as well as in interviews.[19][20] G-Shine is also referenced on the song "Game" by Only the Family, a song that YNW Melly is featured on.[21]

G-Shine is referenced on the song "Live By, Die By" by Trouble.[22]

The gang was featured as the Gangsta Killer Bloods on the Gangland episode "Bloody South" which examines the groups activities in Columbia, South Carolina.[23][better source needed]

References[edit]

  1. "Jurors hear testimonies in day three of lottery murder trial". www.walb.com.
  2. "Thirty-Three G-Shine Gang Members and Drug Trafficking Associates Plead Guilty in Federal Court". www.justice.gov. August 15, 2019.
  3. https://info.publicintelligence.net/BloodsStreetGangIntelligenceReport.pdf
  4. "Thirty-three 'G-Shine' gang members, associates enter guilty pleas in federal court". WMBF News. 2019-08-15. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. https://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Unpublished/144866.U.pdf
  6. "Two Raleigh Bloods gang leaders found guilty of murder, other charges". ABC11 Raleigh-Durham. October 25, 2019.
  7. https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/crime/article174922381.html
  8. "Barnett v. United States | 3:17-cv-477-FDW | W.D.N.C. | Judgment | Law | CaseMine". www.casemine.com.
  9. "Leaders of Bloods gang in Raleigh convicted of murder, racketeering". WRAL.com. October 24, 2019.
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  11. Williams, Reed. "Henrico jury find gang enforcer guilty of murder". Richmond Times-Dispatch.
  12. "Westchester Gang Member Sentenced For Attempted Murder, Conspiracy To Kill Witness". Tarrytown-SleepyHollow Daily Voice. March 12, 2020.
  13. "Sentence For Gang Leader Who Ordered Shooting". Mount Vernon, NY Patch. November 24, 2020.
  14. Gale, Heather (August 15, 2019). "G-Shine gang members plead guilty in federal court". WPDE.
  15. "Disgruntled patron opens fire, later killed by security guard inside Lake City casino, deputies say". firstcoastnews.com.
  16. Conneller, Philip (February 2, 2021). "G-Shine Gang Leader Killed After Shooting Up Florida Sweepstakes Parlor".
  17. "YNW Melly – Inmate Stories".
  18. "YNW Melly – Red Eyes".
  19. "YNW Melly – Bompetition".
  20. "YNW MELLY speaks his blood set and knowledge" – via www.youtube.com.
  21. "Only the Family (Ft. Lil Durk, Sada Baby, Tee Grizzley & YNW Melly) – Game".
  22. "Trouble (Ft. Bloody Jay) – Live By, Die By" – via genius.com.
  23. "Bloody South". January 15, 2010 – via IMDb.


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