Tracy Police Detective Steve Flores said on Monday that a 17-year-old boy was shot once in the back right shoulder at 11:03 p.m. while at a party in the industrial park in the area of Mars Court and Gandy Dancer Drive on Saturday.
The injury is non life-threatening and the boy has since been released from the hospital, Flores said. He wouldn’t release the name of the boy because he is a minor.
“The bullet didn’t come out, still lodged somewhere (in the teen),” Flores said. “Going to have follow up with doctors, his mom said, to see if it will be removed at all.”
Police were able to locate a party at 3502 Mars Court, Ste. 141, where Flores said there was some type of verbal argument between two groups of males before the gunshots.
Also injured at the party was a teen-aged girl, who reportedly told Flores that she was assaulted by one of the males involved in the fight.
She allegedly had her head grazed by punches and she wasn’t sure if she was targeted during what she described to him as a “melee,” according to Flores.
He said her injuries were considered to be minor.
Police have no information about a shooter, but believe it was only one person, Flores said.
Tracy Police Capt. Jeremy Watney said Monday that as police arrived, the scene was “very chaotic” with people “milling around and cars leaving the area.”
According to police, a sergeant responding to the call saw a four-door white Ford sedan leaving the area of Gandy Dancer Drive and drive north on Tracy Boulevard. The driver, identified as 19-year-old Daniel Garcia, allegedly failed to stop and led officers on a short pursuit before stopping about 50 yards north of the intersection with Schulte Road.
Police discovered the gunshot victim inside of the vehicle during the traffic stop. Garcia allegedly told police he was driving the victim to a hospital, Flores said.
“Passenger jumped out and said, ‘I’ve been shot’,” he said.
Garcia is being charged with vehicle evasion, felony possession of narcotics for sale, felony transportation of narcotics and additional vehicle code violations.
He is scheduled to be arraigned at the Manteca branch of San Joaquin County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16. He was being held at the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp on $200,787 bail on Monday, according to the jail website.
Flores said the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information should call police at 831-6624.