Four people have been arrested in connection with a shooting in Los Banos, including a woman who allegedly drove the getaway car with her 9-year-old son seated inside, the Los Banos Police Department reported.
The shooting, reported at 5:23 p.m. Friday in the 100 block of North Santa Rita Street, sent two men to the hospital, where they remained Saturday afternoon, police said.
The 18-year-old victim was shot at least once in the head. The other victim, a 29-year-old man, was also shot at least once. Both were listed in stable condition Saturday afternoon, Cmdr. Jason Hedden told the Merced Sun-Star.
Shondi Carrillo, 37, was the alleged getaway driver, who had her 9-year-old son inside the vehicle with her, according to police.
She was arrested on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder, child endangerment and conspiracy, police said.
She was not listed as an inmate at the Merced County Jail on Saturday. Her booking photograph was not immediately available.
The child was not injured. He was turned over to relatives, police said.
Three other suspects, Adrian Aldama, 22, Ramiro Hidalgo Flores, 28, and Xavier Flores, 26, were also arrested on the same allegations. All three remained in custody Saturday afternoon, according to booking records.
Police described all four suspects as known gang members or associates but said it was not yet clear whether the motive for the attack was gang-related. Hedden said the motive remained under investigation.
Officers said the victims were getting out of their vehicle when at least one person stepped out of a pickup truck and opened fire. The number of shooters involved and the number of shots fired remained unclear Saturday.
Police said the 29-year-old victim was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle. The 18-year-old was rushed to a regional hospital for surgery.
The suspects fled the scene in the truck, but were stopped a short time later by police and arrested.
Hedden urged anyone with information about the attack to contact police. “We want people to be comfortable talking to us about this incident,” he said.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call (209) 827-7070, ext. 114.