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Sheriff's deputies arrest Planada man, 20, in connection with shooting of teen

Jose Ceja arrested in connection with a shooting of a 17-year-old boy in Planada
Jose Ceja arrested in connection with a shooting of a 17-year-old boy in Planada Merced Sun-Star

The Merced Sheriff's Detective Division arrrested a Planada man in connection with the shooting of a 17-year-old male Oct. 21.

On Oct. 29, detectiveserved search warrants in the Planada area in an ongoing investigation into the shooting of the teen. victim was approached by four suspects when he was shot once through the forearm.

During the investigation, detectives developed information into the identity of the shooter. Late Friday morning they arrested Jose Ceja, 20, of Planada at his residence in the 9000 block of Childs Avenue The motive behind the shooting is still believed to be gang-related, but investigators are looking at every aspect of the case, according to Deputy Tom MacKenzie.

Ceja remains in custody on $100,000 bail for assault with a deadly weapon with gang enhancements.

The investigation is continuing.. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Merced County Sheriff’s Division at (209) 385-7472.

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