The shooting of a Hispanic male juvenile Tuesday on Lodi’s Eastside is likely the latest event in a rash of gang-related attacks in the area this week, Lodi Police officers said.
Sunday night in Lodi saw separate evening shootings about three miles from each other in less than two hours. Both assaults sent victims with alleged Norteño affiliations to local hospitals.
In Thornton — an area with a strong Sureño influence — a 30-year-old man was shot Monday evening as he walked down the street with his uncle. He was transported by REACH air ambulance to a Sacramento hospital for a gunshot wound to his left shoulder.
And just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, a teenager was walking near the intersection of South Washington and Hilborn streets and was approached by two suspects, said Sgt. William Alexander of the Lodi Police Department. His attacker, another juvenile, chased him down and fired several rounds.
While police can’t confirm the events are linked, they are treating the investigations as pieces to a larger puzzle.
“When you are dealing with gangs, retaliatory hits are typical,” Det. Eric Bradley said. “You also have young guys in the gangs trying to prove themselves to the other members.”
The victim, despite being struck by multiple bullets, ran to the 300 block of East Elm Street before paramedics found him and transported him to an area hospital.
“It seems like a long way to run after being shot, but you have to consider he was running for his life,” said Lt. Steve Carillo, of the Lodi Police Department.
No information on his condition was available as of press time. The victim’s name is being withheld by authorities because he’s a juvenile.
There are two suspects in Tuesday’s shooting. Both are Hispanic males between the ages of 14 and 17 who fled southbound towards Tokay Street after the shooting, said Detective Hettie Schaeffer.
One suspect fled on foot and was wearing a black hat with a letter “P” on it. He is reported to be about 5 feet tall and weighs about 130 pounds. The other suspect was a heavy-set male on a BMX-style bike.
It is unclear which one was the shooter, Schaeffer said.
Tuesday afternoon’s shooting comes less than 18 hours after a Thornton man was shot on the 26300 block of North Thornton Road. The incident took place Monday evening shortly after 10 p.m. when a 30-year-old male was shot while walking with his uncle on North Thornton Road. The suspect in that shooting was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, but the victim did not have any other description, said Deputy Les Garcia, public information for the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department.
The victim was struck in the upper left shoulder, near his back, and was transported to a Sacramento-area hospital by REACH air ambulance. No update on his condition was available as of press time.
The suspect reportedly fired six shots, Garcia said, but no information was available on the type of weapon used. After firing the shots, the suspect escaped on foot in an unknown direction.
The event is still under investigation and authorities haven’t ruled out the shooting being gang-related, Garcia said.
Detective Eric Bradley, of the Lodi Police Department, said Tuesday’s shooting could be linked to Thornton’s incident and Sunday’s shootings in Lodi because Thornton is an area with a heavy Sureño influence.
Two separate shootings kicked off the recent string of violence Sunday evening, starting around 8:15 p.m. on the 2200 block of Scarborough Drive. The victim of the first shooting is a 20-year-old male who was shot multiple times. The victim, who police said is a Norteño, has undergone multiple operations since the assault and remains in critical condition, police said.
Authorities are looking for a white four-door passenger vehicle and a full-size brown Ford Ranger pickup truck with a covered bed in connection with Sunday evening’s first shooting.
The second shooting took place around 9:45 p.m. when another victim was shot near the intersection of Lodi Avenue and Garfield Street. The victim, who police said is also a Norteño, was approached by two Hispanic males in white minivan who opened fire on him.
When the shot missed, the suspects exited the vehicle and beat the victim, breaking his wrist and causing a concussion.
No suspects have been arrested in any of the four separate shootings.
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