HANFORD — Two suspects have been arrested in connection to the drive-by shooting that occurred Monday near Roosevelt Elementary School and left a 14-year-old boy in the hospital with a gunshot wound, police said.
In a press release sent on Wednesday, detectives said they were able to identify a 2013 Honda Civic that was used in the drive-by and two suspects.
In the late evening hours on Tuesday, officials said Hanford detectives arrested 18-year-old Nicholas Saldana when he exited a Walgreens located on 11th Avenue.
A short time later, detectives and investigators from the Kings County Gang Task Force served a search warrant in the 1700 block of North 11th Avenue and recovered a firearm and ammunition from the residence, authorities said. Police believe that the firearm recovered was the one used in the shooting.
Detectives, investigators from the Kings County Gang Task Force and officers from the Problem Oriented Policing Team later served another search warrant in the 10900 block of Hume Avenue and arrested 18-year-old Anthony Alvarez, officials said.
There, detectives said they located the car used in the drive-by shooting and seized it.
Both Alvarez and Saldana were booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of three counts of attempted murder, shooting on a school campus, shooting at a vehicle, shooting from a vehicle and participating in a criminal street gang.
The investigation started at around 3:30 p.m. Monday, when Hanford Police officers said they received numerous calls regarding shots fired at or near the school, located in the 800 block of West Davis Street.
Officials said within about 20 minutes of the initial calls, officers learned that a 14-year-old male had been transported to Adventist Medical Center with a gunshot wound.
Detectives interviewed the juvenile, who they said admitted being at the scene and said he was shot by a group of males in a vehicle. Police said the victim is currently in stable condition.
When officers had arrived at the scene, they said they found several people in and around the school parking lot area. Officers located four separate vehicles parked in the school parking lot which were hit by the gunfire from the drive-by type shooting, they said.
Authorities said the school was placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure, and after about 15 minutes, the lockdown was lifted.
Officers determined there was no shooter on campus and that a group of young males walking by the school were possibly the intended targets, police said.
Officials said officers and detectives searched the area, retrieved evidence from the scene and interviewed witnesses who were at the scene when the crime occurred.