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Shooter sought in possible gang attack on Olivehurst teens
Two Olivehurst teenagers who were shot late Monday in a possible gangland-style hit have been released from the hospital, authorities said.
Law enforcement could not confirm the victim’s names, but said both were 17-year-old boys.
One boy was shot in the face, the other in the torso, Yuba County sheriff’s Lt. Damon Gil said.
No arrests have been made and no weapons have been recovered, Gil said.
Gunfire rang out around 10:30 p.m. Monday in the 1800 block of Baugh Street, Gil said.
Neighbors reported hearing between one and three shots fired.
Deputies said there was a “possible” gang connection to the shooting and Baugh Street residents were convinced the violence was gang-related.
“It was a hit they put out on those boys,” said a female neighbor who asked not to be identified for safety concerns. “It’s been like this for awhile now, but getting worse.”
Both victims were shot by one person, Deputy Josh Jellsey said.
Neighbors said the shooter fired into the open garage and hit both victims in the upper body. One other person may have also been inside the garage, but was not injured, according to witnesses.
The shooter escaped in a getaway car, possibly a light-colored sedan, that was waiting at Baugh and Fleming Way, neighbors said.
“I heard shooting and saw a car that peeled out on the gravel and picked the guy up as he ran back,” one woman said. “The car was like a white or gold color, it was hard to tell in the dark, but it was light-colored. It looked like an older car, to me.”
A description of the shooter was not available, but several residents said it appeared to be a male in a dark hooded sweatshirt.
Multiple people were inside the getaway vehicle, which fled south on Fleming Way toward McGowan Parkway, Jellsey said.
Residents said late Monday that they are fed up with gang violence.
“This is totally out-of-control; it’s getting totally crazy, now,” a woman said. “There’s always lots of issues at that house, gang stuff, always gang stuff.”
Another neighbor was concerned for the victims’ relatives and said the victims are cousins.
“The parents are really good people, but the youngsters want to be gang bangers and they shouldn’t,” the woman said.
Multiple neighbors reported a long series of violent episodes in recent months, ranging from fist fights to home-invasion attacks at the same home.
Law enforcement could not confirm those reports.
“It’s always Northside, Southside, that’s what it’s always all about,” said another neighbor, a young man who also wished to remain anonymous. “I just hope they catch the guys.”
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 749-7777.
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