Two suspected gang members from Merced were arrested Thursday after officers found them in possession of firearms, according to Merced Police.
Merced's Gang Violence Suppression Unit attempted to stop a vehicle in the 1600 block of R Street around 4:24 p.m. Thursday, according to a news release.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as 18-year-old Merced resident Adrian Andrade, whom police described as a gang member. The passenger was identified as 20-year-old Merced resident Daniel Carter.
Both ran from the vehicle, police said.
Officers searched the area and found Carter hiding in the Auto Zone store at 1635 R St., police said. A stolen 9mm handgun also was found where Carter hid, according to police.
Officers later recovered a rifle and shotgun at Carter's home, the release states. He was arrested and officers also arrested Andrade at his home.
Both gang members were booked into Merced County Jail for possessing stolen property and several gang and firearm charges, according to jail records. Carter was in custody Friday on $307,000 bond, and Andrade was being held on $255,000 bond.