A 23-year-old Lodi man received a minor injury to his arm Thursday night after suspected gang members shot at his vehicle in the Kmart parking lot.
Police learned of the 9:30 p.m. incident after the victim drove himself to the hospital for treatment, said Sgt. Fernando Martinez.
The victim, a former gang member from the Los Angeles area, had driven into the 520 S. Cherokee Lane lot to attend a carnival, Martinez said. Such carnivals, usually including a few rides, are common in that lot.
He was circling around the lot, looking for a parking place, when a group of people began yelling gang slogans at him. They wore red, a color often worn by Norteno gang members.
The victim then heard several gunshots, felt a pain in his left arm and realized he'd been shot, Martinez said. A couple rounds also entered the driver's side door, but did not hit the man.
The injury was minor, Martinez said.
Police were following leads but did not release suspect descriptions, other than that one was a white male, apparently an adult.
The shooting came exactly 12 hours after another gang-related shooting across town, in which a 17-year-old boy was targeted.
Shots missed the teen, but one round hit the windshield of an 82-year-old man who was driving through the intersection of Lodi and Crescent avenues. The man was not injured.
Lodi and other area cities have seen a number of recent shootings and stabbings involving Norteno and Sureno gang members.