No arrests have been made in four gang-related weekend injuries, and Lodi police aren't even sure where the crimes happened because the victims won't say.
One 19-year-old man was injured during a Saturday night fight outside a quinceañera at a rented hall in Downtown Lodi. But police don't know if three other injuries, including gunshot wounds, were related, Sgt. Dale Miller said.
Emma Hernandez, who rented St. Anne's Hall for her sister's 15th birthday celebration, was frustrated Monday as word spread about a possible shooting at the party. That apparently was not the case, and she never heard any gunshots.
"Everybody's calling my little sister, saying it's her fault that this happened," Hernandez said. "She didn't even know a fight broke out. She was just happy and dancing."
Shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday, a girl approached Hernandez and said she'd heard a rumor that a fight was going to happen. So Hernandez said she went to the hired security guards and told them not to let anybody else inside.
St. Anne's requires hall renters to hire one security guard for every 50 people; Hernandez had hired five.
She was frustrated that the guards were texting on their cell phones, and that they'd ignored instructions to refuse entrance to anyone wearing baggy clothing. She said Monday that she was still trying to talk to the security company about their employees.
Hernandez said she and some family members kicked about 15 young people out of the hall.
At 10:19 p.m., police were called to a report of 50 young people fighting. Officers saw dozens of people in the intersection of Church and Walnut streets, yelling and throwing bottles.
One person had been stabbed in the lower back, but he ran away and eluded police, Miller said. Two juveniles tried to run from police and were arrested for impeding the investigation.
From what officers could gather, two Sureno gang members had attacked a male who had Norteno tattoos, Miller said.
At 11:44 p.m., Melchor Sanchez, 19, showed up at Lodi Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for a broken facial bone. He told police he'd been walking south on Church Street and was knocked unconscious during the scuffle at St. Anne's, Miller said.
Meanwhile, the group at the quinceañera had long since dispersed.
The party was supposed to end at 11 p.m., but by then many people had scattered after the fight, Hernandez said.
A couple hours later, at 12:58 a.m. Sunday, three bloody people showed up at the hospital's emergency room. Whether their simultaneous arrival was just coincidence is unknown, Miller said.
Raymond Ochoa, 27, had been stabbed in the head, Miller said. Ochoa told police he had no idea where it happened.
Thomas Myers, 18, had an injury to the back that appeared to be a circular pattern caused by bird shot. He did not cooperate with medical staff or officers, Miller said.
And 18-year-old Maria Rivera suffered a gunshot to a lower leg, which she said happened in the 300 block of East Elm Street. She told police that she was walking with friends when a car drove by and she heard several shots. She and her friends said no words were exchanged and they had no reason for the attack, or a description of the car, Miller said.
Police had been called 15 minutes earlier to the 600 block of East Elm Street on a report of shots fired, and Miller said those calls could have been related to Rivera's shooting.
As of Monday, police had little information because no witnesses had come forward with leads.
"Nobody wants to be the so-called snitch, so nobody wants to tell us what happened," Miller said. "We'd like to make arrests and solve crimes, but they won't tell us what happened."
None of the injuries were life-threatening.