Atwater shooting victim recovering but in critical condition

mnorth@mercedsunstar.comMarch 14, 2013 

— A 32-year-old man is still in critical condition after he was shot several times late last month, officials said Thursday.

The man was shot twice in the arm, twice in the chest and once in the face Feb. 27. When officers arrived at the scene in the 5000 block of Crest Road, they found the man sitting in a lawn chair, bleeding heavily.

Authorities said the mobile home where the crime occurred was covered in puddles of blood.

Lt. Sam Joseph of the Atwater Police Department said the victim is in a Modesto hospital recovering from his injuries.

He's alert but unable to talk because of the gunshot wound to his chin and a tube that's been placed down his throat, Joseph said. He's been communicating to family through writing.

Joseph said it appears the victim is not going to die.

Since the shooting, two suspects -- 29-year-old Arturo Galvan and 27-year-old Jesus Delgado-Ambriz -- have been taken into custody after California Highway Patrol officers spotted the suspects' vehicle in the Madera area.

Witnesses identified Galvan as the alleged shooter, according to police.

Galvan gave CHP officers a false name when questioned after they stopped the vehicle, according to police. Galvan is being held for investigation of attempted murder, and Delgado-Ambriz is under investigation for being an accessory.

They remain in a Madera jail.

The motive for the shooting is vague, but the incident doesn't appear to be gang-related, Joseph said. Police think the victim had been consuming alcohol with at least one of the suspects and that an argument may have led to the shooting.

Reporter Mike North can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or mnorth@mercedsunstar.com.

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