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Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 4:19 pm | Updated: 6:06 am, Sat May 28, 2011.

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.

Contact reporter Jordan Guinn at jordang@lodinews.com.

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  • Jon Adams posted at 11:15 pm on Wed, May 25, 2011.

    Jon Adams Posts: 5

    well said Mr. greenmyer

  • Aaron Greenmyer posted at 11:03 pm on Wed, May 25, 2011.

    Aaron Greenmyer Posts: 1

    What needs to be done is a Outreach Program for those who can be reached .The O.G's of these gangs are the one's you need start with . For these are the guys they look up to . If you reach those guys , they can help reach the youngsters who are doing 90% of the crime in our neighborhoods . Change doesn't come over night . This has been along time problem that has been swept under the rug for many years so it will take many years to break it down ... But until the people step up and take there city back ,we will be victims to these street wars. To those who don't understand why they fight you probably never will!!! To you its dumb and senseless!!! to them its a way of life . I'm all for peace on our streets but it's not possible until we understand the streets and the kids and men who run them .As a father of four I'm scared for there safety, as they walk the streets , you like think they are safe but as times change safe zones change too !

  • Jon Adams posted at 10:58 pm on Wed, May 25, 2011.

    Jon Adams Posts: 5

    Learn to have understanding and not so much critisizm ppl.
    gangs are a bad influence to anyone.... but violence is natural. has been since the dawn of time. lean to understand it !! a young undeveloped but influnced mind is dangerous. like a private with no insignia in the middle of WAR. cant really critisize the next young human just cause you made it to 59 years old and feel free to gloat over gang shooting or death but commiserate over another. in short, if ya don't like crime; then learn to fight it yourself (which is still a natural instinct of violence)
    Programs work

  • roy bitz posted at 7:34 pm on Wed, May 25, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 489

    Be smart---be alert--be on guard---be prepared for the worst.
    The bad guys are here and the police cannot protect you---they can only do what they can do.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 6:35 pm on Wed, May 25, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Retaliation, remember that word. Even sarcastic comments on these blogs don't go unnoticed. Word of warning for you naive Lodians that don't realize nor have any street skills that the gang life is very common on Lodi's eastside amongst the poor and forgotten minorities that LPD and the city of Lodi management team and good old white boy controlled 3 votes on city council deny that gangs are a major problem here and probably fear for their own safety by completely ignoring the problem and are afraid to rattle the cages of the gang leadership lest they get hurt or exposed themselves. Why not try to create opportunities for these youths rather than continuing down the path of denial?

  • Ryan Jameson posted at 1:13 pm on Wed, May 25, 2011.

    Ryan Jameson Posts: 195


  • Robert Chapman posted at 11:17 am on Wed, May 25, 2011.

    Bob Chapman Posts: 997

    Mr. Hamilton, what do you expect? Most likely his brothers AND father are gang members. Prison to these punks are like most kids going to college. They learn gang relationships and ways to further their gang activities. Although there are "gangs' across the ethnic spectrum, the vast majority are latinos. Oh yeah, open our borders so more of them can take over. Drug cartels in Mexico, coming to a town near you soon....

  • Larry Hamilton posted at 8:45 am on Wed, May 25, 2011.

    Larry Hamilton Posts: 50

    Fourteen year olds riding their bike with guns what planet are they from? These kids can't wait to go to prison what a life. One of the kids was about 5ft tall give me a break.



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