DOS PALOS — A gang rivalry caused the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy this weekend, Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin said during a news conference Monday.
The victim, identified as John Carlos Cordero-Juarez, was shot and killed by a 16-year-old rival gang member Sunday. The altercation happened at a south Dos Palos park on Reynolds Avenue about 2:45 p.m., according to Pazin.
"This stupid rival gang violence got the best of them," Pazin said. "One likes a different color, embraces a different number, and this is where we're at."
Pazin said investigators are searching for the suspected shooter Ryan Suarez, 16.
Pazin said witnesses have been uncooperative in coming forward with information.
"Everybody starts to clam up, and all it does is start this back and forth," he said. "We lost some young lives this weekend due to bad decisions, and this is where we're at."
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Merced County Sheriff's Department at (209) 385-7444.
Reporter Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or email@example.com.