A 21-year-old man was shot in the arm Tuesday night in what he told Lodi police was a gang shooting.
Ronald Acosta, 21, of Sacramento, was found lying in the road in the 500 block of East Elm Street around 9 p.m. He was conscious and told officers he was shot because he is a Sureno gang member, police said.
The shooting was heard by numerous neighbors, including Lodi City Councilwoman JoAnne Mounce, who expressed frustration at the rising gang problems in her neighborhood. She said the troubles have risen in the past four months, and she has repeatedly complained to owners of apartment complexes in the area.
"Where is the property owner accountability? We have code enforcement in place. Why aren't these places being shut down when they're a breeding ground for gang members?" she said.
Mounce later publicly expressed similar statements at Wednesday evening's City Council meeting.
Police were called around 9 p.m. to the area near Garfield Street, where residents heard gunshots. While officers were still on the way, more neighbors reported that a victim was lying in the street.
Mounce and other neighbors said they saw the victim run across the street before collapsing to the ground. Hours later, blood drops still showed a path leading from inside an apartment building's side gate and across the driveway.
Acosta was taken by ambulance to Lodi Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for wounds police said were not life-threatening. By Wednesday afternoon the hospital did not have a patient listed by that name.
The shooting does not appear to be connected to this weekend's fatal shooting, Detective Steve Maynard said.
He declined to disclose the connection between Acosta and the people he was visiting, or whether they were also gang members.
Neighbors declined to give their names but said people often congregate in the apartment buildings' carports, which Mounce said adds to the problems caused by tenants who should be evicted. She said apartment owners have told her they have trouble finding tenants, but Mounce said the actual problem is that the owners allow too much noise and disruption, so quiet people don't want to rent there.
"When's the last time these owners came and sat in their apartment complex on a Saturday night?" she said.
Nobody was arrested in connection with the shooting, though police did arrest a 26-year-old man for loitering, because he was hiding behind bushes while officers were investigating the crime. Signs on the apartment buildings warn that loitering and trespassing are not allowed.
Detectives are following leads in the shooting and asked anyone with information on the shooting to call Detective Steve Maynard at 209-333-6873.