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March 30, 2012

Four suspects arrested in Livingston shooting

Livingston police have arrested four people suspected of committing a Monday night shooting that injured three people. Police, along with agents from the Merced Multi-Agency Gang Task Force, arrested suspects Robert Vega, 19, Jesus Solorzano, 18, Ivan Arellano, 20, and a 17-year-old boy, according to Sgt. Ray Fong. A fifth suspect, a 17-year-old male, remains at large.

Livingston police have arrested four people suspected of committing a Monday night shooting that injured three people.

Police, along with agents from the Merced Multi-Agency Gang Task Force, arrested suspects Robert Vega, 19, Jesus Solorzano, 18, Ivan Arellano, 20, and a 17-year-old boy, according to Sgt. Ray Fong. A fifth suspect, a 17-year-old male, remains at large.

The suspects were arrested Thursday night and Friday morning after officers began conducting probation compliance checks during the week in the Atwater and Winton areas, gathering information about the shooting and the suspects.

The investigation led to officers obtaining five search warrants. The suspects, who are all gang members, were arrested while those warrants were being executed, Fong said.

Some of the suspects confessed to committing the shooting while being questioned, Fong said.

The shooting was reported at 7:40 p.m. in the 1800 block of Walnut Avenue.

A group of five males, ranging in age from 21 to 13, were outside when a dark-colored car drove by, according to Lt. Chris Soria.

Someone inside the car fired, striking three of the males, ages 13, 14 and 19. The car fled eastbound on Walnut Avenue.

Police arrived at the scene and found the 13- and 14-year-old boys in the 1800 block of Walnut Avenue. Officers found the 19-year-old victim in the 1500 block of Mulberry Court, Soria said.

Fong said all of the victims are recovering from their injuries.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call Detective Robert Silva at (209) 394-7916. Tips are kept confidential and callers can remain anonymous.

Managing Editor Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or vpatton@mercedsunstar.com.

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