Deputies raced to the 100 block of East Las Palmas just before 10 p.m. March 23 after the victims of the alleged shootout drove to a friend’s house and called police, Sgt. Joe Camarda of Patterson Police Services said. The men told deputies that as they returned from a trip to a gas station, three young people had waved to them, seeming distressed and in need of help. As they slowed down and pulled over to the curb, they told police that the men fired several rounds at the car’s occupants. Bullets struck the vehicle and shattered a window.
No one was injured, Camarda said.
When police arrived, the three suspects — described as possible gang members between the ages of 16 and 20 years old — were no longer in the area, Camarda said. The victims told police they did not personally know any of the three, he said. The report did not indicate whether the victims were gang members, Camarda said.
The shooter was described as a young man between 5 and 6 feet tall with curly hair, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black-and-white checkered shorts and tall white socks. The second suspect was described as slightly taller than the first, wearing black-and-gray checkered shorts. No description was provided for the third person.