Cops: Gangs to blame for Oceanside shooting

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. — A 16-year-old boy was in custody Wednesday on suspicion of shooting a 20-year-old man in an apparent gang-related attack in Oceanside, police said.

Officers were called to the 400 block of Grant Street around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Oceanside police Lt. Leonard Mata.

OSDOnce there, officers found the victim lying on the ground in the common area of an apartment complex at 415 Grant St., Mata said in a statement.

The victim, who is documented gang member, was taken to a local trauma center, Mata said, noting the man was expected to survive.

Officers saw the 16-year-old suspect running from the scene, along with several other juveniles. Mata said the officers caught up with the boy and arrested him for the shooting.

The teen is known to have gang ties, according to Mata. He was booked into Juvenile Hall on suspicion of attempted murder and participation in a criminal street gang.

Anyone with more information about the shooting was asked to call Oceanside police Detective Mark LaVake at (760) 435-4872.


  • Guest

    Headline: "Cops: Gangs to blame for Oceanside shooting". -So I guess we can rule out the Boy scouts, Catholic nuns, and general population as suspects? Good to know. Imagine that, a shooting in Oceanside linked to gangs. And they found the dead victim, too! Great police work! Give those detectives a raise! Make that 2 raises, on the taxpayers dime! Crime really is Down, oh, my!

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