Man shot in foot expected to be charged with assault with firearm

By SARAH KINGSBURY – Staff Writer

CHICO — A 20-year-old man was shot in the foot Friday night in what the Chico Police Department called a gang-related incident.

Officers were investigating reports of several gun shots on the 1100 block of Columbus Avenue when they found Ivan Alvarez in a neighboring apartment with a bullet wound in his lower foot. Police said Alvarez seemed to have no intention of reporting his injuries to law enforcement or medical personnel before he was discovered.

He was taken to Enloe Medical Center and Sgt. Mike Nelson confirmed he will be arrested on charges of assault with a firearm with a criminal street gang enhancement once he is released from the hospital.

Police found several bullet holes at the apartment, but no one was inside the home. Witnesses told police the suspects fled across the parking lot toward Nord Avenue.

Police are still looking for the two possible suspects who were described to them by witnesses as Hispanic men about 5-foot-8-inches tall, both wearing plaid shirts and jeans. One had a thin build with a shaved head and the other had a thick build and walked with a limp.

Nelson said officers were called to the 1100 block of Columbus Avenue Thursday night, but said there was no indication Alvarez was involved in that disturbance. The police department’s gang unit is investigating whether Friday’s shooting was in retaliation to an incident Thursday.

Alvarez was previously arrested in May after he fired at an unidentified car near Auto Zone on West East Avenue with his girlfriend and her 1-year-old son in his vehicle. No one was injured and the person he was firing at was never located. He was released from jail when he posted bail in June.

He later pled guilty in Butte County Superior Court to having an unregistered, loaded firearm in his car, but was not charged with the shooting.

Alvarez was also named as a suspect in a shooting in Hamilton City during the same week in May. An address listed for Alvarez after he was detained in May matched the address of the mobile home park where the shootout occurred.

In that instance, Glenn County officials said at least five people drove into the mobile home park and fired shots at the residence. Multiple shots were reportedly fired between the assailants and the home’s occupants. A handgun and shotgun were recovered at the scene.

According to Butte County Superior Court records, Alvarez was convicted of driving under the influence in 2007.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call the Chico Police Department at 897-4900

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