STOCKTON – Investigators with the California Highway Patrol arrested a man suspected of being involved in a shooting that wounded a teen Monday afternoon.
The incident happened shortly after 3:00pm near the area of Highway 99 and Kettleman Lane in Lodi. According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver of a Nissan Altima fired a gun several times at the victim vehicle, striking a teenage passenger in the head. The driver of the victim vehicle drove the teen to Lodi Memorial Hospital for care. Valley Division CHP Investigators responded to work the case.
Moses Mercado, a 21 year old resident of Lodi, was identified as a suspect during the course of the investigation. Investigators located and arrested Mercado after a brief pursuit in South Stockton that ended on South California near Worth Street. A passenger of the Nissan Altima, 21 year old Bella Villanueva of Ripon, was also arrested. Villanueva faces charges of aiding and abetting, conspiracy, and concealing evidence.
Mercado was charged with attempted murder, carrying a loaded firearm with a previous felony conviction, being a felon in possession of a firearm, conspiracy to commit a crime, being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition, and shooting at an inhabited vehicle. He is in custody without bail and due in court on June 30th at 1:30pm.
A third suspect, 29 year old Edgar Hernandez of Stockton, was arrested and charged with carrying a loaded unregistered firearm concealed in a vehicle.
“We want to assure the public that these acts of violence are not random, but are often targeted attacks between parties that know each other,” said Commander Mel Hutsell of the Stockton CHP Office. “We take these types of incidents very seriously and are committed to ensuring public safety.”
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact CHP Investigations at (916) 731-6300.
Shooting Investigated on Pacific Avenue
STOCKTON – Officers with the Stockton Police Department investigated a report of a person shot late Thursday morning near Sherwood Mall.
The shooting happened at about 10:45am in the mall’s parking lot. Early reports indicate at least one person was struck by gunfire. The area was taped off and surrounding roadways were closed to traffic.
An alert from San Joaquin Delta College read as follows:
“Mustang Alert!: Police Activity at Mall – Shooting across from Stockton campus at the mall. Suspects fled away from campus. Delta is safe. Avoid Pacific Avenue.”
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.
Explosive Wildfire Burns Near Mariposa
MARIPOSA – A fast moving wildfire tore through a mountainous community just north of Mariposa Friday Afternoon, as firefighters scrambled resources to the area.
The Oak Fire was reported at about 2:10pm near the area of Highway 140 and Carstens Road in Midpines. Within a short amount of time, the fire grew to over 1,000 acres. By midnight, FIRIS (a wildfire mapping aircraft service) had mapped the fire to approximately 5,712 acres with zero containment.
At least 1,300 structures in the area were threatened, and a total of 383 personnel were working the incident. Several evacuation orders were issued for areas affected by the fire.
The cause and origin of the fire was under investigation.
Man, Woman Found Dead in South Modesto Home
MODESTO – Authorities closed a section of Inyo Avenue as they investigated the deaths of a man and a woman Thursday morning.
Authorities closed off Inyo Avenue between Gutherie and Tulsa Streets early Thursday morning for a report of a person shot in a home. A man ran across the street to a neighbor’s home for help shortly after 5:00am saying he had been injured in the shooting. According to Sergeant Luke Schwartz with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, the incident appeared domestic in nature.
Crisis negotiators and SWAT teams responded to assist in the incident, while several neighboring homes were evacuated out of an abundance of caution, Sergeant Schwartz said.
Upon making entry, authorities found a man and woman in the home deceased. The initial victim was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries and was said to be in critical condition.
Crimes against persons detectives and evidence technicians worked into the late morning to process the scene. Investigators were still working to positively identify the two deceased individuals located in the home.
Officials said there was no threat to public safety.
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