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Vista street gang members suspected of drive-by shooting in Fallbrook; 17-year-old Fallbrook boy hit four times


Last updated 11/3/2012 at Noon

Authorities have indicated that an incident that occurred Friday night, November 2, in downtown Fallbrook appears to have been an act of criminal gang violence committed by members of a Vista street gang in an attack against Fallbrook individuals.

Sheriff's Sgt. Patrick Yates reported that the incident occurred at approximately 10 p.m. in the 1200 block of South Main Avenue.

Yates said that two male residents of Fallbrook, ages 17 and 20, were walking home from a friend's house through the area when when a silver-colored 2000 or 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo pulled up next to them.

The car was occupied by three Hispanic males of similar age of the Fallbrook individuals.

"Two of the occupants of the car exited the vehicle; the third one remained in the driver's seat," said Yates. "One of the males who exited the vehicle had a gun and yelled, "Vista Home Boys" and began shooting at the 17 and 20-year-old," said Yates.

The 17-year-old was reportedly struck by bullets four times.

Yates said the shooter also fired at the 20-year-old "but each of those shots missed."

"It was later determined that a total of eight rounds were fired; all from a .40 caliber hand-gun," said Yates.

After the suspects drove away in the Chevrolet, Yates said the 17-year-old called his mother who came to his aid and drove him to Fallbrook Hospital.

"He was later transferred to Palomar Hospital in Escondido and is expected to survive," said Yates.

The Sheriff's Dept.'s gang detectives are investigating the shooting.


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