Lodi police are searching for three men involved in a shooting that wounded a teenager near Hale Park on Monday afternoon.
The victim, a 16-year-old boy, was transported to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to his right arm and one to the side of his stomach, Lodi Police Sgt. Doug Chinn said. His wounds are not life-threatening, police said.
Witnesses told police that the shooter, who witnesses described as a Hispanic male teen, climbed into a dark-colored SUV with two other men inside and fled the scene, driving north along Stockton Street. According to Chinn, a civilian followed the suspects’ vehicle for several miles before losing sight of the car near the intersection of Lower Sacramento and Woodbridge roads.
Police have not yet released a more detailed description of the vehicle.
Around 3:30 p.m., the vehicle carrying the three suspects stopped near the intersection Elm Street and Stockton Street, where the victim and another male juvenile were walking, Chinn said.
The suspect, who witnesses said had a red bandanna around his neck, began yelling at the two juveniles. Within seconds, the suspect fired three shots, witnesses told police. As the suspects drove away, the victim ran a short distance before staggering toward Hale Park, according to a woman who witnessed the shooting but declined to provide her name.
That witness helped the victim to her car and called police.
As the victim leaned against her car, the witness said she kept telling the teen to relax and take deep breaths. She asked the victim if he was a gang member, and he replied, “No,” she said.
Police are working to determine whether the shooting was gang-related.
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