Police: 17-year-old shot in the back Saturday
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Oct 15, 2012 | 8446 views | 24 24 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Tracy teenager was shot in the back during a party on Mars Court the night of Saturday, Oct. 13, according to Tracy police on Monday, Oct. 15.

Tracy Police Detective Steve Flores said on Monday that a 17-year-old boy was shot once in the back right shoulder at 11:03 p.m. while at a party in the industrial park in the area of Mars Court and Gandy Dancer Drive on Saturday.

The injury is non life-threatening and the boy has since been released from the hospital, Flores said. He wouldn’t release the name of the boy because he is a minor.

“The bullet didn’t come out, still lodged somewhere (in the teen),” Flores said. “Going to have follow up with doctors, his mom said, to see if it will be removed at all.”

Police were able to locate a party at 3502 Mars Court, Ste. 141, where Flores said there was some type of verbal argument between two groups of males before the gunshots.

Also injured at the party was a teen-aged girl, who reportedly told Flores that she was assaulted by one of the males involved in the fight.

She allegedly had her head grazed by punches and she wasn’t sure if she was targeted during what she described to him as a “melee,” according to Flores.

He said her injuries were considered to be minor.

Police have no information about a shooter, but believe it was only one person, Flores said.

Tracy Police Capt. Jeremy Watney said Monday that as police arrived, the scene was “very chaotic” with people “milling around and cars leaving the area.”

According to police, a sergeant responding to the call saw a four-door white Ford sedan leaving the area of Gandy Dancer Drive and drive north on Tracy Boulevard. The driver, identified as 19-year-old Daniel Garcia, allegedly failed to stop and led officers on a short pursuit before stopping about 50 yards north of the intersection with Schulte Road.

Police discovered the gunshot victim inside of the vehicle during the traffic stop. Garcia allegedly told police he was driving the victim to a hospital, Flores said.

“Passenger jumped out and said, ‘I’ve been shot’,” he said.

Garcia is being charged with vehicle evasion, felony possession of narcotics for sale, felony transportation of narcotics and additional vehicle code violations.

He is scheduled to be arraigned at the Manteca branch of San Joaquin County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16. He was being held at the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp on $200,787 bail on Monday, according to the jail website.

Flores said the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information should call police at 831-6624.

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theycallmedoc
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October 22, 2012
@ CaliRaised "

Excuse me? Don't you really that is someone's son, cousin, brother, nephew, grandson and so on? How heartless can you be? Why don't you try to put yourself in his family's shoes. . . or even the poor 17 year old kid!"

Really so he was shot in the shoulder big deal. your right it is someones son, cousin, brother, nephew, grandson.....your point?

A sh*tty situation but if the driver would have called 911 then the cops that where dispatched to the scene may of had an idea that hey a white ford sedan had a passenger on its way to the hospital just an idea to it.

Illegal is ILLEGAL anyway you look at it. whether is marijuana or any other ILLEGAL drug its still ILLEGAL. I have never been out with a group of friends and just had the urge to "smoke a blunt"

yea we may drink a little too much but never anything ILLEGAL
debbdaves
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October 18, 2012
BIB can you name one instance in which tobacco or alcohol cured anything? Well pot can. Sure anything can have a bad side effect, including sugar and coffee. Marijuana on the other hand has been used for cures for illness.

http://www.druglibrary.org/medicalmj/positive_effects_of_marijuana_.htm

Smoke some and relax mate.
dcose
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October 18, 2012
Cures ? I can't speak to that for pot.

Other uses, Took about 10 seconds using Google

Alcohol:

http://earth911.com/news/2011/02/01/surprising-uses-for-alcohol-that-don’t-involve-drunkenness/

Tobacco:

http://fresno411.net/E_Sites/CigPlants/Growing/Other_Uses/other_uses.html
backinblack
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October 18, 2012
You originally stated "no one has ever been killed, gotten cancer or a liver disease from marijuna." Now you've backed off after being presented with a good counter and have altered course wanting me to name one instance where alcohol or tobacco have cured anything. There's two problems, I never implied alcohol or tobacco can cure anything and the story you posted a link to does nothing to prove reef has cured anything. Did you actually read the entire article?

If so you would know the article points out things like further research is needed, people must weigh the risk vs rewards of using reef as a medicinal, they refer to possible side effects such as increased risk of lung cancer if reef is taken in high enough doses to be effective, there's conflicting test results, the benefits may be psychological and if so, so what, etc.

You may want to do a little research on the benefits of moderate alcohol intake. You know, little things like helping to fight coronary disease and possibly diabetes. You also apparently don't realize there's studies, if you care to look, which actually make a case for some health benefits from tobacco. Bottom line, there's lots of ifs to all.

backinblack
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October 18, 2012
I'll start by stating I voted for legalization so I am not anti-reef, however, when someone emphatically states no one has ever been killed, developed cancer or a liver disease from reef it needs to be questioned and discussed to a broader level. To wit - and for anyone who takes the time, be sure to read the articles in full:

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/news/20051201/marijuana-raises-risk-of-fatal-car-crash

http://www.cdc.gov/MotorVehicleSafety/Impaired_Driving/impaired-drv_factsheet.html

http://lungcancer.about.com/od/causesoflungcance1/f/marijuana.htm

http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/news/20000508/marijuana-unlikely-to-cause-cancer

The above info and a little common sense should clearly show it's pretty silly to state as fact reef has no culpability in certain types of deaths or diseases. I also feel pretty safe saying there's been a good number of deaths related to the buying & selling of reef.

Knowledge is a wonderful thing.
debbdaves
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October 18, 2012
More people die from smoking, drinking and drunk driving while no one has ever been killed, gotten cancer or a liver disease from marijuna. Time to lose the hypocrisy and legalize it, and ban the others...
back2sr?
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October 17, 2012
Ya I would love further information. I too heard this business is owned/operated by an influential citizen if this town who has quite a name for himself.
Cletus.Thudpucker
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October 16, 2012
tracyresdnt

Medically, Marijuana is not a narcotic

Legally, Marijuana is a narcotic
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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October 16, 2012
Along with many drugs not in the opiate family.

Alcohol, to be honest, should also be classified as a narcotic in that it alters brain function and the alcoholic can become addicted to it.

Now some will use alcohol as a reason for the legalization of marijuana allegedly for medical use, the ole snake bite remedy, and really for personal recreation, but when you logically think about it making marijuana legal because of alcohol does that really make sense?

Do obviously bad things make it right to legalize both?

fastlife209
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October 16, 2012
I think that local police officers need to have a little common sence. There always rushing things and dont take the amount of time they should be taking to take notes on the story and get everyone's say. What if the boy was speeding away because he needed to get his friend to the hospital?. I bet that the narcotics they found on him was just marijuana, you guys are acting like youve never had nights out with your friends and smoked a couple joints. The government should be locking up rapist, child molesters, stalkers, etc. and Not wasting a jail cell for a kid that was trying to help out a friend.
TracyRAP
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October 16, 2012
I can't believe the utter stupidity in this post. No, I've never been out with friends around drugs where someone got shot. That is NOT a normal thing to do.

Who do you think the people shooting people, raping people, and stalking are? You think they are average Joe? You don't think that at least some of these people "earn" their livings peddling drugs?
tracyresdnt
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October 16, 2012
fastlife209-

"sence" is not "sense"

"there" is not "they're"

marijuana is not a narcotic

While I don't 'know' you, I do have enough information to 'judge' that you need a few more english classes so that you are less likely to sound like a half wit.
Frank_White
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October 16, 2012
@tracyresdnt

haters gonna hate, your probably like some 50 year old unemployed chub. So instead of trying to act all brainy on here use your education to do something productive instead of post your pointless comments on here.
doors17
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October 16, 2012
If the intention was to get their wounded friend to the hospital as quickly as possible, then yes, that’s understandable. I probably would have reacted in the same way.

The mistake they made is when they didn’t pull over imminently once the officers order them to do so. By doing so it made this situation worse by the police not knowing the reasons for them not to pull over. It only delayed getting him the needed medical attention that he needed, once the police could determine what they were dealing with.

I’m glad to read that his injuries are non-life threatening and hopefully whoever is responsible for this crime is brought to justice. It wouldn’t surprise me if there are those who do know, but just won’t talk for obvious reasons.

mthouseman
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October 16, 2012


What if the boy was speeding away because he needed to get his friend to the hospital?.

Isn't that what 911 is for?

Unless you didn't want a lot of cops coming around making kids understand that there are laws for a reason, and that they apply to everyone.
tracyresdnt
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October 16, 2012
Frank, your wright. We don't need peeps all runnin round know'n how to speak or right 'n stuff. Thats stupid.
superfly
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October 15, 2012
Why is no information available regarding what business allowed, or sponsored this party? Rumor is that it's a very well known citizen. What happened with all of the underage drinkers? It's being discussed around the High School, why does our local paper have so little information? This should be a big story, unfortunately all we get are a couple of poorly worded quotes from the police. Can't we get a police spokesperson capable of speaking a complete sentence.
appleaday
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October 16, 2012
Superfly "on the wall"...

Pray tell, what is the scuttle butt around the High School? You're blaming the Press for no info yet you withhold all the juicy gossip. This is the forum for that stuff. Spill it!
tracyresdnt
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October 15, 2012
When it's a drug dealer that's driving you to the hospital, somehow I just don't feel bad for you... Get lost.
CaliRaised
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October 18, 2012
Excuse me? Don't you really that is someone's son, cousin, brother, nephew, grandson and so on? How heartless can you be? Why don't you try to put yourself in his family's shoes. . . or even the poor 17 year old kid!
tracyresdnt
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October 22, 2012
If you hang around drug dealers you're a tad more likely to get shot. ...sorry, still don't feel bad.


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