An “alert” officer reportedly arrested the teen at about 5 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, according to a press release on Monday, Dec. 17, from Capt. John Espinoza of the Tracy Police Department.
The shooting occurred at about 1:15 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of Tracy Interfaith Ministries, 311 W. Grant Line Road.
An 18-year-old man inside a GMC truck was shot twice and is in stable condition at an area hospital, Espinoza said Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Information at the scene, Espinoza said, led to a preliminary identification of the shooter, and officers were put on the lookout by Friday night, when the boy’s identity was confirmed.
That information about the suspect — a description or his possible hangouts — was not provided to the public because investigators wanted to maintain their “investigative steps to take advantage of having that kind of information,” Espinoza said.
“We had some good information, and when we know who a person might be we can take a tactical approach,” he said. “We follow all of the leads we received from the public and usually they are very helpful, like the witnesses in this case. The public has to trust us to use that information to make an arrest, like we did in this case.”
According to Espinoza, the arresting officer recognized the suspect while on a call Sunday.
The teenager was taken to San Joaquin County Juvenile Hall in French Camp and charged with attempted murder, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and a gang enhancement charge, the release states.
He is on probation for armed robbery, according to the release.
A call in the police log at 5:02 a.m. Sunday was made by a woman who said her dog was barking at something outside her home on the 300 block of West 21st Street.
Six minutes later, at 5:08 a.m., an officer reported detaining a person in the area of 22nd Street and Parker Avenue, the log states.
At 6:24 a.m., it was reported that the person was wanted in reference to the shooting outside Tracy Interfaith on Friday, according to the log.
Espinoza could not completely confirm whether that was when the teenager was arrested. However, he did say, after being read the log entry, “That is probably the call.”
Police are not releasing the name of the teenager because he is a minor.
Espinoza would not say how many shots were believed to have been fired or what type of gun was used, citing the need to protect the investigation.
He said no gun has been recovered.
It was initially reported at the scene by police that two people — a man on a bicycle and a person inside a GMC truck — had fired several shots at each other.
Investigators later determined through witness testimony that the person on the bike — eventually identified as the 16-year-old boy — had allegedly fired at the occupants of the truck. None of the occupants in the truck is thought to have fired a gun, the release states.
The victim was taken to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital in the truck shortly after being shot.
The truck was parked hastily in the hospital parking lot, and it appeared to have at least four bullet holes around the passenger side door.
Both the victim and the suspect are gang members, according to Espinoza. It is the policy of the Tracy police to not release the names of gangs whose members are involved in violence.
No information about pending court dates or bail is available, because the suspected shooter is a minor.
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