Three shot near Lake Mendocino, Sheriff’s Office seeks suspects

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MENDOCINO CO., 9/05/17 — Three teenagers were shot while walking down Lake Mendocino Drive this evening, and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking three suspects who may be involved. According to a press release, the shooting was reported around 6:30pm this evening near Lake Mendocino at the intersection of Lake Mendocino Drive and Portlock Lane. Three male teenagers, ages 17 and 18, were shot at walking down the road, and have since been taken to hospitals in the area for treatment. As of 9:15pm, Lake Mendocino Drive is currently closed in order for law enforcement to continue the investigation.

The suspects are described as “three Hispanic males, late teens or early adults,” and the Sheriff’s Office is seeking any information as to their whereabouts. According to the press release, deputies currently do not know how many shooters were involved, and whether the suspects were on foot or in a vehicle.

The victims were all shot at least one time, described in the press release as in the stomach, chest, and leg, and are currently receiving treatment.

The Mendocino Multi-Agency Gang Suppression Unit is assisting with the investigation, according to the MCSO press release. Ukiah Valley Fire Authority, CalFire, MEDSTAR Ambulance, VeriHealth Ambulance, Ukiah Police Department, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, Office of the District Attorney and the Department of Transportation also were on the scene, according to retired Mendocino County Sheriff Jim Tuso, who shared photos from the scene here.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Communications Center at 707-463-4086 of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Tip Line at 707-234-2100.

The full press release can be found below. Mendocinosportsplus also reported on the incident based on scanner traffic, you can see his post below.

DATE:  “September 5, 2017”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Incident Number: 2017-26137

Crime/Incident: 664/187 PC [Attempted Murder]

Location: Lake Mendocino Drive at Portlock Lane, Ukiah CA 95482

Date of Incident: 09/05/2017

Time: 6:39 PM

Victim(s): 18 year old male, Ukiah CA
17 year old male, Ukiah, CA
17 year old male, Ukiah, CA

Suspect(s): Three (3) Hispanic males, late teens or young adults, no further description

Written By: Lieutenant Shannon  Barney

Synopsis: On 9/5/2017 around 6:39 PM, Mendocino County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to a report of gunfire with three young males being shot at the intersection of Portlock Lane and Lake Mendocino Drive in Ukiah.  Deputies responded to the area where they learned two 17 year old males and one 18 year old male had all been shot at least one time by what has been described as three young Hispanic males, either in their late teens or early twenties.  One victim sustained a gunshot wound to the chest, one a gunshot wound to the leg, and the third victim suffered a gunshot wound to the groin area.  The three victims appear to have been shot while walking on Lake Mendocino Drive.  All three victims were transported to various hospitals to be treated for their wounds.  Initial contacts indicate the three victims appear to be uncooperative with law enforcement.

Sheriff’s Detectives were called to the scene, which is in the roadway near the above intersection.  Lake Mendocino Drive has been closed while law enforcement crime scene work is being conducted on the roadway.  At this time it is unknown if the suspects were in a vehicle or on foot.  At this time it is unknown if there was one shooter or more than one shooter.  The shooting does appear to be gang related.  The Mendocino Multi-Agency Gang Suppression Unit was called to assist the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Detectives with the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Communications Center at 707-463-4086 of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Tip Line at 707-234-2100.

Approved by: Lieutenant Shannon Barney

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