Asian gang homocides and weapons: criminalistics and criminology

Although the theoretical traditions of criminalistics and criminology differ, the two disciplines are interrelated. This paper examines the nature of this interrelationship in an analysis of Asian gang homicides. Using Uniform Crime Report data, type of weapon used in gang homicides by racial group is examined. Results indicate, controlling for firearms, adult Asian gang members prefer blunt objects while Whites and African Americans favor knives. The findings are addressed in the context of home invasion robberies committed by Asian gangs. In this discussion, the interrelationship of criminalistics and criminology is demonstrated.