Lodi police on Monday continued the search for suspects in separate shootings that sent two alleged Norteño gang members to the hospital.
One of the victims remains in a Sacramento hospital with critical injuries. The other was treated and released for lesser injuries at Lodi Memorial Hospital.
Police are looking for a white, four-door passenger vehicle and a full-size brown Ford Ranger pickup truck with a covered bed in connection with one of the shootings and a white minivan used in the other.
Police do not know if the incidents are linked.
They gave this account of the events, which occurred Sunday night:
At 8:15 p.m. officers responded to multiple reports of gunshots on the 2200 block of Scarborough Drive and a man down in the area. Police found Raymond Madrid, 20, critically injured with several gunshot wounds.
Madrid was transported to a Sacramento hospital via REACH air ambulance, said Sgt. Mike Oden of the Lodi Police Department. He underwent operations both late Sunday evening and early Monday morning for his injuries, police said.
“(Madrid) is in critical condition, but it’s hopeful for him from what I’ve been told,” said Oden.
In an effort to find suspects, police served a search warrant around 12:30 a.m. Monday on the 600 block of Wimbledon Drive. However, no one was taken into custody.
As investigators were reviewing the crime scene of Madrid’s shooting, Andrew Lopez, 26, was assaulted near the intersection of Lodi Avenue and Garfield Street, about three miles from the first shooting.
The attack on Lopez, also alleged to be a Norteño, was reported by residents in the area who heard a gunshot and saw a fight around 9:45 p.m., police said.
Lopez was walking home when he was assaulted by two Hispanic men in a white minivan, Oden said. Lopez was initially shot at, but the bullet missed and suspects left the vehicle and beat the victim with their fists and a handgun, he said.
“They beat him pretty badly,” Oden said.
When officers arrived on scene around 9:50 p.m. they found no victim, but evidence of an assault. Blood stains were found on Garfield Street near Lodi Avenue.
Although unable to locate a victim, police investigated the area and closed part of Garfield Street to traffic.
Lopez arrived at Lodi Memorial Hospital around 11 p.m. Sunday evening to receive treatment for a concussion, broken wrist and several abrasions, police said. Lopez told officers he was the person assaulted, authorities said.
While police believe the incident is gang-related, they don’t know if a rival gang is responsible or if subjects within the Norteño family are the culprits, Oden said.
Police request anyone with information on the shootings contact the Lodi Police Department at 209-333-6727.
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