A Stockton man was arrested Sunday night after a drive-by Lodi shooting in which his fellow passenger, as well as a Lodi teen, were injured, police said.
Victor Estrada Jr., 19, was jailed after police stopped two vehicles fleeing the shooting scene, then found bleeding victims in each car. The wounds were not life-threatening.
The shooting appeared to involve gang members of rival Sureno and Norteno gangs, said Lodi Police Sgt. Dale Miller. Investigators had not confirmed that those involved are actual gang members, so they have not confirmed it a gang-related shooting.
Officers were sent around 10:30 p.m. Sunday to the 400 block of East Locust Street, on a call of several shots being fired, according to Lodi Police Cpl. Dale Eubanks.
Police saw a Lincoln Navigator speeding from the scene, and they stopped the vehicle. One of the passengers, a 17-year-old Lodi boy, was suffering from a gunshot wound to the back, and an ambulance was called.
Meanwhile, other officers saw a Chevrolet Astro van also fleeing the scene, and they stopped that vehicle, too. A passenger in the van, 18-year-old Jorge Luis Garcia Sanchez, of Stockton, had a gunshot wound to the right arm, Eubanks said.
Estrada was riding as a passenger in the van along with Sanchez, and police believe that he shot the Lodi teen, Eubanks said. Officers recovered what they believe was a firearm Estrada had used.
Estrada is being held on $10,000 bail in the Lodi jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, and he is expected to be arraigned in court today.
A number of other people were arrested on misdemeanor offenses, Detective Eric Bradley said. Those crimes included contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and being a minor in possession of alcohol.
The gunshot victims were both taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital.
The 17-year-old victim, who police did not name because he is a minor, was soon released from the hospital, police said. Sanchez was released three hours after the shooting, said hospital spokesman Carol Farron.
The shooting is the latest in a series of such incidents involving suspected gang activity. Two days before Sunday's shooting, the Lodi SWAT team descended on a North Washington Street house to serve a search warrant in connection with three drive-by shootings.
None of the shootings have been fatal.