Tracy police investigate three mystery shooting victims
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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Tracy Police Department officers were called to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital on Tracy Boulevard the afternoon of Jan. 30 after two men and a 16-year-old boy arrived separately at the emergency room with gunshot wounds. Investigators said the victims all refused to cooperate with police. Denise Ellen Rizzo/Tracy Press
Tracy Police Department officers were called to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital on Tracy Boulevard the afternoon of Jan. 30 after two men and a 16-year-old boy arrived separately at the emergency room with gunshot wounds. Investigators said the victims all refused to cooperate with police. Denise Ellen Rizzo/Tracy Press
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Tracy police are investigating three gunshot incidents after two 20-year-old men and a 16-year-old boy walked into Sutter Tracy Community Hospital on Thursday with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

According to Detective Ricardo Hernandez, none of the three victims is cooperating with police.

“They are unwilling to say what happened, who did it and where it happened,” he said.

The first gunshot victim, a 20-year-old Hispanic man, walked into the hospital emergency room at 1420 N. Tracy Blvd. around 3:08 p.m. with a gunshot wound to his hip.

According to the police log, the man told hospital officials the shooting took place at Tracy Boulevard and Carlton Way. He said he ran to the emergency room after he was shot.

The second victim, also a 20-year-old Hispanic man, walked into the hospital emergency room at 3:23 p.m., according to the police log. His injury was not identified.

In an interview outside the emergency room at 4:30 p.m., Capt. Mark Duxbury said that officers were trying to find where the two victims had been shot.

Hospital officials reported that a third shooting victim — the 16-year-old boy, who was also described as Hispanic — entered the hospital emergency room at 5:43 p.m. He was dropped at the hospital by an unidentified vehicle, according to the police log.

His injury was not specified.

Hernandez, the Tracy detective, said investigators were told by a third person that the teenager had been shot at McDonald Park on Central Avenue. He said officers checked the park, but found no evidence to support the report.

All of the victims, whose names were withheld by police, are Tracy residents, according to Hernandez.

The detective said it was possible that the three shootings were gang-related, but he did not confirm whether the three victims were documented gang members.

Because the men and boy refused to cooperate with police, Hernandez said the case would remain open. He said investigators would contact the victims again later to see if they were willing to talk about what happened.

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

 

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klv
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February 06, 2014
Why not simply get a search warrant for "self-endangerment" or "at risk to the community."

(These all can't be self inflicted gun shot wounds?)

I mean there must be paper trial to fill out at the E-room.

Whenever I used Sutter Tracy, it typically followed up with a big fat bill.

Illegal?

No Problem...

Get the guy who just passed the bar exam in San Francisco who's also admitted to being an illegal citizen to act as their lawyer.

If that's your taste.

Tracy'sfinest
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February 08, 2014
There you go with the Illegal card. Your comments should be illegal.

Who said they were thugs?

You post comments that suggest that you yourselves have issues regarding race,which is an ugly crime against the human race.
tracyresdnt
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February 04, 2014
Thugs. Who cares.
PublicCitizen
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February 05, 2014
Kind of makes you wish they were a better shot.
Golfinfool
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February 04, 2014
Here is an idea....... Arrest all the "victims" and hold them till they become cooperative........ Charge them with possession of implements of crime........ A bullet is a bullet, it doesn't matter weather it's in your pocket or your bum.....
Bird_Man
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February 04, 2014
Oh yeah... That's a great idea. Let's suspend constitutional protections because some yahoos refuse to answer police questions.

Not funny to even kid about it.
mdsmith17
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February 04, 2014
Although it seems like you should be able to charge them with something, you do have to have an actual law violation to arrest somebody. Possession of implements of a crime, is not an existing crime in California the way you stated it.
Golfinfool
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February 04, 2014
I was being sarcastic Bird....... The sad Truth is....today the 3 "victims" are featured in the police blotter........ Tomorrow it will be the obituary page...... And regrettably too late for constitutional protections on their behalf.
victor_jm
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February 05, 2014
The fact these individuals are mute about the etiology of their injuries is a risk to the community and ought not be protected by a constitution.

What sort of world do we really want to live in?
MacShare
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February 05, 2014
Because they are ENTITLED to our tax dollars under Obamacare?
ertion
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February 05, 2014
These guys are scared, or involved in illegal activity, or whatever. It's their right not to talk. Even criminals caught in flagrante delicto have the right to clam up.

If I could choose a world to live in, not sure I'd choose one where the police had the power to make me talk, whether by waterboarding, electrical torture, or by threat of jail.

The police and the state have more than enough power. We don't need to rush out and give them the little bit of individual liberty we have left.



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