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Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2003 10:00 pm

A 19-year-old Lodi man was shot to death late Tuesday night after a fight broke out in the 400 block of East Walnut Street.

The victim was identified as Luis Eduardo Caracosa. An autopsy was conducted today, Sgt. Bill Fellers of the San Joaquin County Coroner's Office said. Results of the autopsy were not immediately released.

A second victim, Alex Tamez, 20, of Lodi, was hospitalized with a gunshot wound that went through his arm, Detective Sierra Brucia of the Lodi Police Department said. Tamez was treated and released from the hospital, hospital spokeswoman Carol Farron said.

The shooting happened at 10:41 p.m., when police received 911 calls about a fight outside a residence, Lodi police Sgt. Bill Barry said.

A Lodi resident, who declined to give his name, said the fight started with a "bad look of disrespect" from someone he had never seen before.

He and a friend stood around the corner from the crime scene today, waiting for police to release their vehicle.

They said Caracosa had been at the party only for a few minutes before the shooting.

It took several minutes for police to gain control of the chaotic scene, Barry said, and some people fled into the house.

Several people emerged within a half an hour, but when two remained in the house and refused to leave, the SWAT and Critical Incident Negotiations Teams were called in as police evacuated the house next door.

In the early morning hours, two people finally emerged from the home and they were arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, Barry said.

They were identified as 18-year-old Laura Barajas, 18, of Lodi, and Veasna Lee Rath, 18, of Stockton.

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