Three men have been arrested by Lodi police in connection with a gang-related shooting Tuesday afternoon, according to Lodi Detective Eric Bradley.
Police believe 18-year-old Raul Orozco fired a gun at a vehicle in the 00 block of East Locust Street around 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, accompanied by two other men. The vehicle fled the scene, and police do not know if anyone in the vehicle was injured. Several bullet shell casings were found on the sidewalk near the Lodi Parks and Recreation building on North Stockton Street.
Witnesses led police to believe the suspects were hiding in an apartment in the 200 block of East Locust Street, Bradley said, and police blocked off the street for more than three hours while they tried to enter the apartment. As many as eight squad cars and four police motorcycles were on-scene during the standoff.
Police had a search warrant for the apartment, but the men inside — Orozco, Mauricio Bahena, 18, and Jose Osorio, 18 — refused to comply. Because the incident involved a firearm, the SWAT team was called in to serve the search warrant, Bradley said, and forced its way inside the apartment. A 12-year-old female related to one of the men was also in the apartment, but Bradley said she was not involved.
All three men were arrested for obstructing police while officers continued their investigation. Police later determined there was sufficient evidence to suggest that the men were the same suspects from the vehicle shooting, Bradley said.
All three suspects were charged with committing a crime to benefit a street gang, being in a street gang and obstructing police. Additionally, Orozco was charged with shooting at an occupied vehicle.
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