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Teen arrested for Delhi drive-by shooting

POSTED October 2, 2010 12:47 a.m.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested Monday night in connection with a drive-by shooting in Delhi, the Merced County Sheriff’s Department reported.

No one was injured from the shooting, said sheriff spokesman Deputy Tom MacKenzie.

Around 7:30 p.m. Monday the sheriff’s department received reports of shots fired in the 13000 block of Davis Court in Delhi. A caller reported that someone fired several rounds from a handgun out of a car and then sped off. The caller was able to provide the sheriff’s department with a description of the vehicle and its direction of travel.

A short time later Deputy Kao Ly spotted a vehicle matching the witness’ description, driving with its lights off, MacKenzie said. Ly attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver failed to stop and a pursuit ensued.

The vehicle pursuit ended a few minutes later when the driver crashed the vehicle into an almond tree at August and Griffith avenues and the suspects took off running.

The driver of the vehicle, a 15-year-old boy was apprehended by Ly, but the passenger alluded capture, MacKenzie said.

“The driver claimed he didn’t know anything about a shooting, or that he was even involved in the pursuit even thought Deputy Ly recognized him behind the wheel,” Mackenzie said.

The teen was booked into Juvenile Hall for discharging a firearm and evading a peace officer.

The motive behind the shooting is believed to be gang related. 

The weapon has yet to be recovered.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Merced Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at 385-7472.

To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.


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