Lorenzo Kiko Hotel was placed under arrest around 7 a.m. on the 800 block of Allegheny Court. He is charged with attempted murder and shooting at an inhabited dwelling.
Police believe Hotel is the man who was seen shooting at the eastern entrance of the Naglee Road shopping center around 4:45 p.m. Friday.
According to a press release issued Tuesday by the Tracy Police Department, Hotel was arrested when officers served an arrest and search warrant on Allegheny Court with the help of the SWAT team.
Hotel is being held in San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp without bail.
No one was injured, and investigators are still trying to identify the intended target of the shooting, according to the release.
Police found at least nine shell casings in the bushes in the parking lot, just south of the entrance.
Bullets shattered one of the glass doors and a nearby window.
Two 12-year-olds standing in the eastern parking lot with the parents of one of the girls that night recalled hearing the loud bangs of the gunfire.
“It sounded like firecrackers,” said Maria Martinez, who had been near the eastern entrance with her friend Kathy Perez at the time of the shooting.
“It was scary,” Maria said. “I thought they were going to come in shooting. We were in front of the door and we heard the shooting. We saw the cracked glass and ran back into the mall.”
Kathy said she and Maria were both scared and crying as they ran toward the food court on the western side of the mall. The manager of the mall arcade took them inside and let them call their families.
To contain the crime scene, Tracy and California Highway Patrol officers closed all access to the eastern portion of the mall at Corral Hollow Road, as well as the road that encircles the mall property, for more than an hour.
The other mall entrances stayed open throughout the police investigation, and the eastern portion of the mall was reopened to incoming traffic at about 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Hotel is scheduled for arraignment at 1:25 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, in San Joaquin County Superior Court in Manteca.
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