Police: Sunday shooting could be gang-related
– Editor’s note: This story was updated from a previous story at 2:45 p.m. –
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A 19-year-old man was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno Sunday night following a shooting on the 6200 block of Sussex Avenue that may be gang-related, according to police.
The victim was found lying in the driveway of a residence and was struck by at least one of three shotgun blasts that were fired about 11 p.m., said South Lake Tahoe Police Chief Brian Uhler. The shotgun was loaded with bird shot and the man’s injuries were consistent with attempting to hide underneath a vehicle, Uhler said.
“Witnesses in the neighborhood explained that a suspect, described only as a white male adult, drove into the area in a light colored SUV vehicle,” according to a Monday statement from the city. “The suspect spotted the victim standing outside around the property. The suspect got out of his vehicle with a shotgun, and approached the victim on foot. When the victim recognized the danger he attempted to run away, but the suspect began shooting at him. A window of an uninvolved neighbor was shot out during the suspect’s attempt to shoot the victim. The victim was struck with at least one shotgun blast to the back side of his body as he attempted to take cover under a vehicle. Several shotgun pellets struck the victim in the back of his head, among other regions of his body.”
Although several people heard the shots, police did not receive a report of the shooting until about 30 minutes after it happened, Uhler said. People who heard the incident likely assumed others had already called 911, Uhler said.
No arrest has been made in the incident. The victim’s injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, Uhler said. The man was undergoing surgery Monday and detectives are in Reno attempting to interview him, Uhler said.
“Based upon the emergency need to get the victim to medical assistance and his difficulty speaking to first responding officers, immediate details of the relationship between the men and motive were not clear,” according to the statement.
Preliminary investigation indicates the incident is gang-related, Uhler said.
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