Suspected gang member, 16, from Visalia held in Mill Creek Park shooting

Teen victim from Tulare reported in stable condition
January 22, 2010

A 16-year-old Visalia boy was arrested Thursday in connection with the attempted murder of a Tulare boy shot Saturday while playing football in Visalia’s Mill Creek Park.

Investigators learned the identity of the suspect several days ago and had been searching for the youth since then, according to a police spokesman.

He is a suspected gang member and the shooting appears to have been gang-related, the spokesman said.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident and booked at Tulare County Juvenile Hall, officials said.

On Saturday the 16-year-old victim was playing football with friends when a young male walked into the area just before 1 p.m. and fired several rounds into the group, police said.

The victim, who was hit in the chest, was taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center, where on Tuesday he was reported in stable condition.

The names of the victim and suspect were withheld by authorities because they are minors.

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