Breaking: Man shot outside Tracy Interfaith
by Joel Danoy
Dec 14, 2012 | 9331 views | 12 12 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Shooting injures one
Bullet holes are seen in the passenger side of a truck parked at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital following a shooting at the Tracy Interfaith Ministries parking lot Friday, Dec. 14.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Police are looking for a man who allegedly shot another man during an exchange of gunfire in the parking lot of a local nonprofit organization Friday, Dec. 14.

The shooting happened outside of Tracy Interfaith Ministries, 311 W. Grant Line Road, at around 1:15 p.m., according to Capt. Juan Espinoza of the Tracy Police Department.

It’s unclear how it started, but two people — a man on a bicycle and a person inside of a GMC truck — allegedly fired several shots at each other, Espinoza said.

One person inside of the truck suffered at least one gunshot wound and was taken to the Sutter Tracy Community Hospital in the truck immediately after the shooting, Espinoza said at the scene.

Espinoza would not release a description of the man on the bicycle, but did say that initial reports indicate the shooting is an isolated incident.

“We have investigative tips that we got, and we are trying to stay ahead of him,” he said. “We are going to put all the resources we have available to solve this. The safety of the community is paramount, but at this point, I don’t believe the rest of the community is at risk.”

At the hospital, three bullet holes could be seen around the passenger side door of the two-door truck. One bullet hole was visible in the windshield, and it appeared that the driver’s-side window was shattered.

The holes were roughly the size of a quarter.

The truck has two exhaust pipes, a silver front bumper and chrome rims and windshield wipers.

Espinoza said information about how many shots were fired, who started the shooting and why it happened was unavailable because investigators were still collecting witness statements and evidence outside of Tracy Interfaith as of 2:30 p.m.

The victim’s condition and how many times he was shot were not available, Espinoza said.

It’s also unclear if the person wounded inside the truck was the second shooter.

Officers were checking the outside of the Tracy Interfaith building for bullet holes, but Espinoza could not confirm if any were located.

No other injuries were reported, Espinoza said.

Anyone with information about the shooting can report it anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 831-6847.

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December 18, 2012
Stockton Record is reporting that a suspect has been arrested.

Do a search and you will find it.

Seems like my posts with URLs keep getting deleted since they often point to other newspapers. Let's see if I can get by with just the name of the paper so you can at least find the information should you choose to do so.

Have a good day everyone.
December 18, 2012
Thank you for the tip Bird_Man. Here are the details from The Record...

Police have arrested a teenager they say rode his bike up to a pickup and shot one of the occupants on Friday near Interfaith Ministries.

Police said both the suspect, who is 16, and the victim, whose age was not released but is in stable condition with two gunshot wounds, are gang members.

The suspect was on active probation for armed robbery, police said. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm and gang enhancements.

Police said witnesses helped them identify the suspect, who was not armed when he was arrested around 5 a.m. Sunday.

December 17, 2012
QUESTION: Being that this shooting occurred 0.1 mile away from North Elementry School, Did Law Enforcement respond to the school location? If so, did police respond to the shooting location first? Or the school first? Or both?

I would imagine it would be of high concern since the CT was a few hours earlier before this one.

This is just a question, not pointing out anything.
December 21, 2012
My grandson is a 5th grader who goes to North School. The school was informed by police and immediately went into lockdown. Needless to say I was very concerned after the days events in CT.
December 17, 2012
Why wouldn't Espinoza release a description of the shooter? Someone please explain why the police wouldn't want someone in the area at the time and saw the suspect to let the police know they saw him running away, or going into a building, or getting into a car??? Why keep a secret of what a armed felon looked like? And possibly get info they don't have?

"We are going to put all the resources we have available to solve this. The safety of the community is paramount, but at this point, I don’t believe the rest of the community is at risk".

does that mean one cop, two what? He makes it sound like the entire department is going to investigate this crime cause the "safety of the community is paramount" but then he apears to contradict himself by saying he doesn't believe the community is at risk.

Does he just show up to get a photo and quote to appear like he knows what he's doing? thank,goodness there are some real cops in that department.
December 15, 2012
I don't hear tommybahama complaining about the new police chief, previously all that was wrong was due to Janet Theissan's inadequacy. Perhaps she is still to blame, while Espinoza teaches schools kids about drugs, criminals are running rampant through Tracy streets.
December 15, 2012
"Here is an idea Tracy city council,build another low rent area for these guys to move into so they have a save haven to sell drugs out of."

I sincerely hope, Mr. 1210, that you're being sarcastic here. Entire complexes full of low income and section 8 has proven tragic throughout the U.S. Cabrini Green, Pruitt Igoe, and every single high-rise government housing facility in San Francisco have been torn down because of concentrated crime. It's much better to break things up a bit, and although people will have a NIMBY attitude about mixed section 8 in their neighborhood, everyone is generally better off that way.
December 15, 2012
No brainer on this one. Pay day Friday, the guy in the vehicle was either buying drugs or selling them to the guy on the bike. A comment below mentions that the guy jumped the fense and ran into the complex. Another no brainer, do you think that the guy lives in the complex? I'm guessing yes. Here is an idea Tracy city council,build another low rent area for these guys to move into so they have a save haven to sell drugs out of. The city of Tracy is turning into a tiolet bowl on the North side of town. What's the all mighty Police Chief doing about this on going problem? He was brought here because thay said he walked on water and was very active with problems such as this. I have not seen any changes.
December 15, 2012
Commenting on the low rent comment. Yes, coming to a neighborhood near you - a new apartment complex next to Rite Aid off Valpico. I can't wait to hear of these stories next to my neighborhood (see other TP article). Terrible. And yes, I agree that there have been no changes in the crime rate since the new chief of police arrived.
December 15, 2012
I agree 100% about the first part of your comment. Was probably a drug deal gone bad. But I do know that the guy did not live in that complex. Many of the residents saw him and did not recognize him. And yes while it is a low rent place, some people like my son actually work and are not system dependent at all. They are just trying to live a peaceful life with their families just like everyone else in the community.
December 14, 2012
Unbelievable. Two school shootings, a mall, a movie theater and now this? I go to Interfaith weekly, but I am not scared.

These criminals are shooting themselves, and need to realize that it is not accomplishing anything. It seriously upsets me the public gets hurt in the long run.

The public was not hurt here, but it could have been. The community needs to stick together and report any sightings of gang related acts to the law enforcement. Having this done helps the police protect the community which should be done 24/7.
December 14, 2012
My son lives in that apartment building behind Interfaith. He said the gunman jumped the fence and ran through the complex. So yes we are grateful that no one else was hurt. I am also grateful that my grandkids were not caught in the cross fire of these criminals.

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