Lodi police arrested for men after officers found a .380 automatic handgun in a car at the Arco station parking lot at Kettleman and Cherokee lanes on Saturday night, police said.
Officers are investigating whether the men were connected to several calls of fired gunshots throughout the evening, according to Officer Josh Redding.
Police received calls of gunshots at three nearby Eastside locations and one at Church Street and Olive Court on Saturday night, Redding said. Three officers heard gunshots when they were at a car wash at about 7 p.m. at 300 W. Lockeford St., Redding said.
No one saw the gunshots, but several people saw a car leaving at a high rate of speed, Redding said.
Later in the evening, residents reported gunshots fired at Elm and Garfield streets and Eden and Garfield streets. While investigating the calls from the Eastside, Redding said officers heard three more gunshots, this time at Hilborn and Garfield streets. Then they checked out some of the known gang hangouts.
In the 800 block of Lloyd Street, officers said they saw four men standing around a parked vehicle, but they ran into a nearby residence as soon as they saw the patrol car.
Redding said he parked at a corner where the four men couldn't see him. Ten minutes later, they left and saw the police car. He stopped the car for a California Vehicle Code violation and followed the car, which stopped at the Arco station.
All four were arrested after an officer found the loaded handgun underneath the front passenger seat, Redding said. They are James Stutz Jr., Thomas Myers and Brandon Gallegos, all 19, and Anthony Sanchez, 18. All four are from Lodi. Sanchez, the driver, was also arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, and Myers was arrested on a Merced County warrant.
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