Six juveniles arrested after gunfire shatters window of Atwater home
12/24/2013 6:14 PM
12/24/2013 6:15 PM
Gunfire shattered the window of an Atwater home early Tuesday and six juveniles were arrested a short time later with a small-caliber handgun, police said.
No one was injured when multiple shots were fired about 12:32 a.m. Tuesday at a home in the 1300 block of Herman Street, Atwater police Sgt. Dick Wisdom said.
Five males and a female, all under the age of 18, were arrested a short time later in a Chevrolet Impala. The exact ages of those arrested were not available Tuesday.
Officers believe they may have been involved in the shooting, which police said “may have some possible gang overtones.”
“That’s something we’re still looking into right now,” Wisdom said.
Atwater police detectives are investigating the possibility of a connection between the small-caliber weapon recovered from the vehicle on Tuesday and one used last week when a teenage boy was shot.
“Whether it is tied to that (Thursday) shooting, we don’t know, but we’re looking into the possibility,” Wisdom said.
Police said a teenage boy was shot about 5:15 p.m. Thursday and was found in a parking lot near the Uncle Buck’s hot dog restaurant in the 300 block of Bellevue Avenue. To protect the victim’s safety and safeguard the investigation, police have withheld his exact age.
Wisdom said the teenager remains in “serious but stable condition” at a regional hospital.
Authorities have said there may be gang connections in that case as well.
The teen was one of three people shot last week in Atwater in unrelated incidents.
Wisdom said all three victims are expected to recover from their injuries.
Less than an hour earlier on the day the teen was shot, Atwater police responded to the Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock about 4:41 p.m. regarding a child who had been shot in the leg.
Officers said the boy’s mother, whose name has not been released, did not notify police of the shooting or call 911 before driving her son to the Turlock hospital. She told police she was walking with the child on Olive Avenue and they were shot at randomly, officers said.
Ulysses Perez, 25, was found suffering from gunshot wounds about 9:17 p.m. Dec. 15 near a fast-foot restaurant in the 1400 block of Winton Way. He is expected to recover from his injuries. The shooting victim hasn’t been cooperative with investigators, police said.
No arrests have been made and police are seeking information in that case as well.
The investigations are ongoing and detectives are asking anyone with information to call Atwater police at (209) 357-6394. Callers may remain anonymous.
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