A 15-year-old boy is in custody on suspicion of shooting a man who tried to break up a fight in Keyes Tuesday afternoon.
"When deputies arrived, they learned that two males were fighting in the roadway when a 39-year-old man tried to break them up," Stanislaus County Sheriff's Sgt. Anthony Bejaran said in a news release. "When the fight was broken up one of the males turned and shot the victim in the stomach."
The shooting occurred in the area of Seventh Street and Martha Avenue at about 2 p.m. The victim was taken to an area hospital and is expected to survive.
Witness Shane Rivers said he was headed to Turlock and driving south on Seventh Street when he saw the two males fist fighting in the street in the northeast corner of the intersection. He said there were about five people watching the fight from a nearby yard.
Rivers said seconds after driving past the fighting men he heard three or four gunshots. He looked in his rear view mirror and saw people scattering as he drove on another block to get to a safe place to pull over and call 911.
Deputies found the 15-year-old Keyes boy about a mile away, hiding in an orchard near Norma Way and South Washington Road shortly after the shooting.
He was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the shooting as well as elder abuse for striking an elderly family member in December. Bejaran said deputies had been looking for the teen for the past week in connection with that case.