Los Banos police have arrested two teenagers in connection with the shooting death of an 18-year-old man earlier this month.
The teens, a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy, were arrested by police Friday on suspicion of killing Shane Thomas Moore, 18, of Gustine in a gang-related shooting.
Police haven't released the boys' names because they are juveniles. However, they could be charged as adults after the case is reviewed by the Merced County district attorney's office early this week.
"The suspects are documented gang members but we believe Mr. Moore was not," Los Banos Police Cmdr. Ray Reyna said in a statement. "Some of the other victims were rival gang members and appeared to be the intended target of this crime. Our detectives did a great job solving this case and it's a relief to know these suspects are off our streets."
The homicide was reported about 9 p.m. March 4 in the garage of a residence in the 800 block of La Mesa Lane. Police found four men in the garage with gunshot wounds. Moore was pronounced dead at the scene. The other three, all 20 years old, were shot in the legs, police said. One also was struck in the arm.
Police believe the 17-year-old fired the fatal shots and the younger boy was an accomplice.
The older boy was booked at juvenile hall on suspicion of one count of murder, three counts of attempted murder and participation in a criminal street gang. The younger boy is being held on suspicion of murder and participation in a criminal street gang.
Moore's death was the first homicide reported in Los Banos this year, and the fifth reported in Merced County.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Eduardo Solis at (209) 827-7070, ext. 137.
City Editor Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.