Mars Court shooting suspect to be tried as adult
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Nov 01, 2012 | 2994 views | 3 3 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A 16-year-old Lathrop teen charged with shooting a 17-year-old outside a party at 3502 Mars Court, Ste. 141 on Oct. 13 is going to be charged as an adult, according to police.

Tracy police Sgt. Luis Mejia refused to release the name of the teenager on Thursday, Nov. 1 because he is a minor. He’s being held in San Joaquin Juvenile Hall in French Camp on the charge of felony assault with a firearm with great bodily injury.

Mejia said he didn’t have any additional information on when the teen will be arraigned in San Joaquin County Superior Court, and officials in juvenile probation were not available for comment prior to press time Thursday.

According to Tracy investigators, on the night of the shooting two groups of males were arguing outside a Sweet 16 birthday party when a gunman fired between three and six shots into a crowd of people as they ran away.

A man who identified himself on Oct. 18 as Mike, the manager of the business at Suite 141, said the party was a private party for a teenage girl. Mike referred to the business in the suite as The Studio.

Tracy police Lt. John Espinoza said on Oct. 26 that the shooter and the victim were present during the argument between the two groups of males, but he declined to say whether both groups of people were attending the party or crashers.

“I can’t comment on too many details — the investigation is still ongoing,” he said.

The 17-year-old victim was shot once in the back of his right shoulder. He was taken to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital the night of the shooting and was released a few days later.

Investigators have said he would need to surgically remove the bullet, but otherwise was expected to make a full recovery.

Espinoza said a combination of evidence collected by investigators, police interviews with witnesses and anonymous tips led to the Lathrop boy’s arrest in Stockton on Oct. 25.

Also arrested on the night of the shooting was Daniel Garcia, 19, of Tracy.

Garcia was arrested after police reportedly saw him speeding away from the shooting area on Tracy Boulevard.

His car was stopped on Tracy Boulevard about 50 yards north of Schulte Road after a brief chase, police allege. He told officers he was driving the gunshot victim, seated in his front passenger seat, to the hospital.

Garcia faces charges of vehicle evasion, possession of narcotics for sale, transportation of narcotics and additional vehicle code violations related to alleged chase.

He is expected back in the Manteca branch of San Joaquin County Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 5 for further arraignment.

Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or

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November 01, 2012
November 01, 2012
Great news! Maybe this kind of treatment will deter some of the other young thugs from doing such cowardly acts to others. I am always amazed at the youth of today, as they use guns to resolve there issues which tells me they hide behind a gun because they don't know how to fight. Anyone can pull the trigger of a gun, but can you stand up and fight like a man? Guess not! Tells me none of them are tough at all. Weaklings!
November 01, 2012
...charged as an adult? Good. Bookings photos of thug involved and his parents to follow shortly

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