Two teens were wounded Monday night in a shooting in Planada, the Merced County Sheriff's Department said.
Meanwhile, those who know the victims described them as "good kids" who aren't involved in gangs or crime. The victims' names haven't been officially released by investigators.
Three suspects were arrested in the shooting later Tuesday.
Investigators said details of the shooting remain sketchy. The boy and a girl, both 17, were talking in front of a residence around 10:45 p.m. in the 9000 block of Broadway Avenue when a car drove by carrying an unknown number of people. The people got out of the car, several shots were fired and both victims were hit, according to Deputy Tom MacKenzie, sheriff's spokesman.
Both victims were flown to a Modesto area hospital. The girl, who was shot in the head, was in surgery Tuesday morning. Both victims are expected to survive.
Details of the shooting are still under investigation. MacKenzie confirmed the victims have no gang affiliation, although investigators believe the shooters are gang members.
It's unknown whether the two were targeted or if it was a case of mistaken identity.
The suspects were possibly driving a light-colored Chrysler 300M.
Donna Alley, superintendent of Le Grand Union High School District, said she knows both victims. One is a student body officer at Le Grand High, while the other is a former student, Alley said. "They are both good kids who work hard at school," Alley said. "They are well-rounded kids. They are not gang-affiliated. We know which kids are and which aren't."
Alley said the school had counselors on-site Tuesday to speak with students who are in shock over the shooting.
MacKenzie said detectives were interviewing the suspects Tuesday afternoon, and no suspect information was available.
Deputies are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call (209) 385-7472. Calls are kept confidential, and you can remain anonymous.
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