Four teenagers were arrested in Delhi for a shooting that wounded a 20-year-old man in the arm, the Merced County Sheriff’s Department reported.
The sheriff’s department said rival gang members shot the victim. He was taken to Emanuel Medical Center and is expected to make a full recovery, said sheriff spokesman deputy Tom MacKenzie.
The shooting happened around 1:15 p.m. Thursday in the 15000 block Shell Street in Delhi.
The victim was standing outside his home with his younger brother when a red Dodge Neon drove by, with someone yelling out at him. It’s not known what was said, but the victim told investigators he recognized at least one of the individuals as a member of a rival gang, MacKenzie said.
A few minutes after the Dodge drove by, an unknown male subject came walking up the street. The victim said the suspect was looking all around him and because of this suspicious behavior, he sent his younger brother inside the house. When the suspect reached the end of the street, he looked around once more, and then pulled out a black semi automatic handgun, MacKenzie said. He fired at least two rounds, one of which struck the victim in his left arm. The Dodge Neon immediately pulled up after the shots and the suspect jumped inside it and the driver sped off.
The suspects’ attempt to flee was a short endeavor when a deputy responding to the shooting spotted them headed in the opposite direction. MacKenzie said the deputy attempted to make a vehicle stop on the car, but that it sped off, with a short pursuit ensuing.
The chase came to an end at an orchard near Ballico Road and South Avenue. Two of the suspects were apprehended immediately, while a third took off running. He was spotted and detained a half-mile away at El Capitan and South avenues, MacKenzie said. The sheriff’s department did not release how or when the fourth suspect was apprehended. Sheriff’s deputies recovered the gun that was used in the shooting.
Arrested were: a 16-year-old girl; a 16-year-old boy; and two 17-year-old boys. All four teens were booked into the Merced County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Their names were not released because they are minors.
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