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Four suspects nabbed for two drive-by shootings

POSTED October 27, 2009 11:08 p.m.
Four Delhi men were arrested Sunday on the suspicion that they shot at homes in Delhi and Turlock, according to the Merced County Sheriff’s Department.
It’s believed the house in Turlock was mistakenly targeted, while the Delhi residence has been shot at multiple times in the last two weeks, according to authorities.
The suspects arrested were: Gilbert Hermosillo, 20; Mark Clark, 18; Daniel Lopez, 18; and Estevan Carrillio, 21, all of Delhi. All the suspects were booked on charges of shooting at an inhabited dwelling and possession of a concealed handgun and remain jailed in Merced County in lieu of $250,000 bail each.
The shooting spree began around 3 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of Rosewood Drive in Turlock. According to the Turlock Police Department, someone inside a white compact car fired seven shots at the residence. The police department said the were no injuries at the Rosewood residence. The police department said the residents have no gang connections and it’s believed the suspects shot at the wrong house.
About 20 minutes after the Turlock shooting, a similar incident was reported in the 16000 block of W. Schendel Road.
Merced sheriff’s detectives respond to the scene and discovered that the house had two bricks thrown through the windows, a gun shot through the kitchen window and four more bullet holes in the outside walls, said sheriff spokesman Deputy Tom MacKenzie. None of the four residents of the house were injured during the shooting.
Detectives learned the same house had been shot at Saturday morning and on Oct. 17, MacKenzie said.
The bullet hole through the kitchen window from Sunday’s incident was next to the bullet hole from the previous night’s shooting. Investigators are looking into possible gang motives since all four suspects are gang members, MacKenzie said.
The white car was spotted shortly after the Delhi shooting, just a few blocks from the Schendel residence, MacKenzie said.
After making a vehicle stop and detaining the four occupants a small caliber revolver was located along with live and spent rounds of ammunition.
The investigation into the shootings is ongoing.
To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.
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