Thursday night, the Turlock Police Department came out with an update regarding the drive-by shooting after a road rage incident on Saturday, September 16th, at Pioneer Avenue and E. Main Street, that we previously reported on.
Investigators took over the case and were able to identify the juvenile suspect as a known gang member.
Over the course of the investigation, investigators were able to obtain enough evidence to obtain a search warrant for the suspect’s residence and any vehicles associated with it.
Thursday morning, during a planned operation, investigators located the suspect in a vehicle, conducted a high-risk stop, and detained the vehicle’s five occupants, including the suspect. One of them was determined to also be a known juvenile gang member, who was on searchable probation out of Merced County.
During the stop, additional investigators began simultaneously serving the search warrant at the target residence. During the search, investigators located an unserialized firearm, also known as a ghost gun, which they were able to link to both juvenile gang members.
Both juveniles were arrested and booked into Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall on charges of willfully discharging a firearm in a negligent manner, assault with a firearm, possession of a handgun by a minor, possession of live ammunition by a minor, and fleeing the scene of an accident.
“Today’s search warrant is part of an ongoing investigation and an effort to combat gang activity within our community,” said the Turlock Police Department in a social media post. “The Turlock Police Department Special Investigation Unit is dedicated to getting these weapons and criminals off our streets,” they continued.