Police arrest 16-year-old for Mars Court shooting
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Oct 26, 2012 | 8302 views | 1 1 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A 16-year-old Lathrop boy was arrested in Stockton by Tracy police on Thursday, Oct. 25, for the shooting of a teenager outside a Sweet 16 birthday party on Mars Court in Tracy on Oct. 13.

The 16-year-old, whose name is not being released because of his age, is being held in San Joaquin Juvenile Hall in French Camp on the charge of felony assault with a firearm with great bodily injury, according to Tracy Police Department Capt. John Espinoza.

The teen is accused of shooting a 17-year-old boy outside a party at a Tracy business called Jump N Slide, 3502 Mars Court, Ste. 141, around 11 p.m. Oct. 13.

Espinoza did not reveal where the teen was arrested or why he was in Stockton.

Since the suspect is being held in juvenile hall, Espinoza said it will be up to the juvenile deputy district attorney to determine if he will be charged as an adult or will remain in the juvenile justice system.

According to investigators, on the night of the shooting two groups of males began arguing outside the party, and someone with a gun fired between three to six shots into a crowd of people as they ran away.

A man who identified himself on Oct. 18 as Mike and the manager of Jump N Slide said the party was for a teenage girl. Mike said he refers to the business as The Studio.

Espinoza said the shooter and the victim were present during the argument between the two groups of males, but he declined to say whether both groups of people were attending the party or crashers.

“I can’t comment on too many details — the investigation is still ongoing,” he said Friday, Oct. 26.

The 17-year-old was shot once in the back of his right shoulder. He was taken to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital the night of the shooting and has since been released, according to police. He was expected to make a full recovery, police said.

Espinoza said a combination of evidence collected by investigators, police interviews with witnesses and anonymous tips led to the Lathrop boy’s arrest.

“(The work) shows if we have an involved community we can clear up more cases, because they are concerned about the community,” he said.

Investigators searched the 16-year-old’s Lathrop residence, but Espinoza declined to say whether officers recovered a firearm.

Also arrested on the night of the shooting was Daniel Garcia, 19, of Tracy.

Garcia was arrested after police reportedly saw him speeding away from the shooting area on Tracy Boulevard.

His car was stopped on Tracy Boulevard about 50 yards north of Schulte Road after a brief chase, police allege. He told officers he was driving the gunshot victim, seated in his front passenger seat, to the hospital.

Garcia faces charges of vehicle evasion, possession of narcotics for sale, transportation of narcotics and additional vehicle code violations related to alleged chase.

He is expected back in the Manteca branch of San Joaquin County Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 5 for further arraignment.

Espinoza said the investigation is ongoing, and police ask anyone with additional information to contact Detective Steve Flores at 831-6624.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

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October 26, 2012
Treat him as an adult of course! If you can do a grown mans crime, you can do the grown man's time. Good job Tracy PD. Another bottom feeder off of our streets!

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